Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library

Last updated 13th April 2010 
Name of library  Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library
Address  Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, London E17 9NH
Telephone  020 8496 4381
Alternative names  London Borough of Waltham Forest
Contact & Job Title David Pracy,  Local Studies Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  Local history research
Terms of access By appointment 
Opening hours Thursday-Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
By appointment only. 
Disabled access  Steep flight of stairs
Lending to other libraries & visitors  ILL not usual. No personal lending.
Number of volumes  20,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  100
Current Periodicals  80
Other materials  Collection of local historic Ordnance Survey maps
Volumes added per year 100 
Coverage  History of religious organisations within the London Borough of Waltham Forest
Special Collections  
Manuscripts  (Contact Jo Parker 020 8509 1917)

Archives relating to the area covered by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (comprising the former boroughs of Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow) for the following categories: Church of England parishes and deaneries, Methodist (2 circuits and 11 churches), Congregational and United Reformed (6 churches), Baptist (4 churches), Christian Scientist (1 church), Judaism (1 synagogue), references to preaching by nonconformist ministers in the London area included in the memoirs of Joel.

Research resource  History of local religious organisations
Catalogue Type  Closed card catalogue. New accessions on Dynix online catalogue
URL of catalogue  
Other facilities  Photocopying by order (no public access copier available)
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library