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The port and river archive, which incorporates the Port of London Authority Archive, has records, publications and photographs relating to the working river, and films of the Thames from the 20th century. Book an appointment to view archive holdings or send a query to the archivist.
19 March 2020: The Museum of London sites are closed to visitors. All pre-booked research visits are now cancelled. Museum staff will still be responding to research requests, but please expect a slower than usual response. It may not be possible to answer enquiries in full until the museum is re-opened.
The Library, based at Museum of London Docklands, is formed largely from the collection of the Port of London Authority, and consists of around 10,000 volumes. It covers topics such as the Port of London, British and foreign ports, London, shipping and the Thames. The collection also contains various journals ranging from publications of local history to specialist publications like Mariner's Mirror.
Access to the material held in the library is via the Search Room appointment system. Please note that for security reasons the library is not accessible for browsing at present. As with the archive collections, books can be requested and brought through to the Search Room for you.
To make an enquiry concerning the collection, or if you would like to visit the archive, please email [email protected].
The Search Room is located at the Museum of London Docklands, in the Sainsbury Gallery and Study Centre.
The Search Room is open by appointment on Thursdays, 10.30am - 1pm and 2-4.30pm.
Appointments must be booked in advance, as cannot accommodate drop-in users.
To make an appointment please fill out the Research Visit Request Form. Please be as specific as possible about what you wish to see and why. We will then contact you to confirm the appointment. For more information, view the Research Visits page.
The first time you visit the Search Room you will need to show two forms of original identification, proof of your name with signature and proof of address.
All visits will also be subject to the terms published on the reverse of the Research Visit Request form, which you will be asked to sign on arrival.
You may take reference photographs of material, subject to physical condition and copyright restrictions, on signing a camera agreement and keeping an accurate list of what you have photographed.
The Search Room has lockers available to store personal possessions, and power points for charging electronic devices.
The Port and River Archive
Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse
West India Quay
London E14 4AL
email: [email protected]
tel: 0207 001 9850