Brent Archives

Brent Archives is here to help you find out more about the history of the local area. The London Borough of Brent was formed in 1965, combining the former boroughs of Wembley and Willesden. It was named after the River Brent, which had marked the boundary between them.

The wide variety of material available at Brent Archives covers not only the history of Wembley and Willesden, but also the history of the local areas within them including Alperton, Brondesbury, Chalkhill, Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Kenton, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Neasden, Park Royal, Preston, Queen’s Park, Stonebridge, Sudbury, Tokyngton, Uxendon and Willesden Green.

You can also discover illustrated local history articles on a range of places, people and events in Brent’s history.

If you are interested in finding out about our collections you can view them in our online catalogue. This also includes our Image and Photograph catalogue, which allows you to search our collection of digitised images.

Our archives search room is open four days a week and researchers can access material free of charge.

On the days we are open you are welcome to drop in and use the materials available in the search room including local pamphlet boxes, local history books, directories and electoral registers.

Researchers can access collection material that is held in store by requesting it at least 2 working days in advance. Only material that has been requested in advance will be available.

To make a request call please 020 8937 3600 or email museum.archives@brent.gov.uk

The Heritage Team at Brent Museum and Archives are happy to assist researchers with enquires. We offer a research service, for which there is a fee. Please see our list of charges for more information.

Any copies of images and documents you may make while with us may be subject to copyright and a reproduction charge.

View more information about copyright and reproductions.

Brent Archives

The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF

Opening times

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 1pm to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm

These hours may change over a holiday period. View our  holiday period opening hours, service changes and activities page for details.