Useful links to other websites relating to Lewisham History:


Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre - Archives for the London Borough of Lewisham. First stop for those interested in Lewisham local or family history. Location:
199-201 Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street
London SE13 6LG
Tel: 020 8314 8501

London Metropolitan Archives - A central repository for historical London records. A number of Lewisham interest records are held here. - Government portal for family historians. Provides information about the Family Records Centre, the British Library, the National Archives and others.

A2A (Access to Archives) - A searchable database containing catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Online Projects

Lewisham Voices - Museum of London project giving an insight into some of the memories and experiences of people who live, work or are involved in the community in Lewisham.

Lewisham Pensioners Forum - Funded by the London Borough Lewisham to act as a voice for older people in the Borough.

The Cinema Museum - London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema. Housed in an old Workhouse in Kennington, the Cinema Museum possesses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. Visits by arrangement.

Horniman Museum and Gardens
The Horniman Museum houses a massive Natural History collection of stuffed animals, including a Raphus cucullatus (Dodo). Among the collection of historic objects are tools, cooking utensils, clothes, weapons - everything to explain the civilised world. Cameras are permitted. Parking is difficult, but the Museum is a mere 600 yards from Forest Hill rail station.

Ideal Homes: Suburbia in Focus - Old photos, maps, and documents from the local history collections of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark.

Garden History

South London Botanical Institute (SLBI).
The SLBI, near Tulse Hill station, was founded by Allan Octavian Hume in 1910 to interest local people in plants and fungi. Anyone can become a member, use the Library, and go on Walks and other outings organised by the Institute.

The Garden Museum.
The Garden was created in 1980. At its heart is a knot garden designed by the Museum’s President, The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury. The garden contains the tomb of the great plant-hunters and collectors, John Tradescant the Elder (c.1570-1638) and Younger (1608-1662), which inspired the creation of a Museum of Garden History in the derelict church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.
The Museum organises exhibitions, activities for children, events at other Museums and Gardens, and even private “Curators tours” in the evening. The Museum has a large collection of historical artefacts. Entry is not free.

Chelsea Physic Garden.
Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants. This walled Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. The Garden has featured in a TV series on BBC2. There are many activities all year round. From February 8th to the 16th (2014) there are “Snowdrop Days”, where you may be lucky enough to meet Germaine Greer and other horticultural luminaries.
See the Website for a full list of activities. Entry is not free.

History of Gardens and Landscapes.
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
The IHR is currently (2014) running a series of weekly Seminars entitled “In the Shadow of War: British Gardens and Landscapes 1914-1945”. These take place on Thursday at 6pm, and are FREE and open to all. Venue: University of London, Bedford Room G37, Ground floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The programme is as follows:
13 February: Changing Interwar Landscapes - The Democratization of the Garden.
27 February: Playgrounds of War - The Landscapes Left Behind.
13 March: James Lees-Milne: Saving the Gardens and Great Estates at Risk.
27 March: Such is the price of Empire - How Zoos and Botanic Gardens Survived The War.
Enquiries: see Website above, OR email:

Other Societies

Bromley Borough Local History Society

Beckenham Historical Association

East of London Family History Society

East Surrey Family History Society - Covers the London Borough of Southwark.

Greenwich Industrial History Society

Greenwich Heritage Centre

Local History Societies (London)

North West Kent Family History Society - Covers South East London (including Lewisham).

Orpington and District Archaeological Society

Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Group

Locating London's Past

London & Middlesex Genealogy: Societies