Research refreshes our thinking, not just about our collections but also about London itself.

Port of London Authority

If your ancestors worked in the Docks, we may have information about them in the records of the Port of London Authority. These are not available online but records can be seen by appointment in the Sainsbury Study Centre.

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If your ancestors worked in Sainsbury’s, we may also have information about them in The Sainsbury Archive.

This short film introduces the specific collections held at the Museum of London Docklands (opens in a new window). 

Local history research

Our collection includes material relating to every borough in London. But you should also try your local museum, library or borough archive. Some of our microsites enable you to search by borough:

History of London

Try the fact packs in our Schools section, particularly for information about Docklands.

Academic research

Please see our Research Prospectus (PDF 671kb)

Picture research

Please see our Licensing images & buying prints page

Archaeological research

Please see the Museum of London Archaeological Archive pages

Research Visits

Arrange to see items from the collection in person.