Local studies, archives and museum service
While Uxbridge Library is closed for refurbishment, due to reopen in Spring 2014, the Local Studies, Archives and Museum service is temporarily located in the Civic Centre, Uxbridge.
There is still access to the archive collections, photographs, microfilms and the museum collection but all printed books and maps are in off-site storage and cannot be accessed. We are still able to offer the copying of video to DVD service.
All visits must be by appointment, which can be arranged by phoning 01895 250702 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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The archives range in date from the twelfth century Market Charter for Uxbridge to the records of the Middlesex Show of the 1990s. Local businesses, societies and estates are all represented.
An important collection is the archive of the Minet estate in Hayes from 1766 to recent years. Local churches, especially non-conformist, and local government, particularly the predecessors of the London Borough of Hillingdon can all be seen here. At present these are catalogued by index cards and some are typed lists.
The photographs and illustrations range from eighteenth century prints, early nineteenth century photographs and the archive of the Gazette newspaper from 1929 to 1979.
The museum collection also has objects reflecting daily life in the area, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most of this is kept in storage. The collection also includes printed materials and maps which are recorded on the main library catalogue.