Westminster Libraries and Archives


Theatre and Performance Archives: Adelaide Hall

In celebration of Black History Month 2021 we have been delving into the theatre collection at City of Westminster Archives Centre to find some items relating to the renowned jazz singer and all- round entertainer, Adelaide Hall. Born in Brooklyn New York in 1901, Hall was a key performer in the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem… More

Black History Month: My family by Sara at Paddington Library

For Black History Month last year, I and along with my colleagues Annette and Monica, wanted to exhibit residents’ family history- places they were born or people who inspired them. We wanted to include people from all walks of life- especially those who are of mixed heritage, Black Caribbean and Black African. I had written… More

E-Resource: Transparent Language Online by Sara at Paddington Library

Want to learn a new language?  Well, the Transparent Language Online e-resource is the one for you; with over 110+ Languages to choose from. The website provides learners with effective and engaging experiences. In addition to being a fun interest in your downtime, this resource could be useful for improving your networking skills. Why not borrow some… More

1066 Project from Westminster Archives

Peter Daniel in Westminster Archives worked alongside MoD Productions to develop a mental health and mindfulness session with a difference in Westminster schools – the 1066 Project.

Books we love…

Marcovaldo, by Italo Calvino As it’s Plastic-Free July, our book review blog will be the title ‘Marcovaldo’ by Italo Calvino. This week, Richard from Brompton Library will be reviewing Marcovaldo, by Italo Calvino. Marcovaldo is a collection of Italian stories talking about the beauty and the ugliness of both the countryside and the city. Over… More

Books we love…

This month is Plastic Free July, helping to promote the need towards eradicating plastic pollution so that we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities. To mark this important occasion, Montse from Victoria Library will be reviewing ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, which won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize in 2014,… More

Theatre Archives: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre is firmly established as one of London’s Summer joys. Westminster City Archives holds a number of items from the theatre including some photographs and programmes from its early Summer seasons. 

Westminster Libraries Podcast: Under The Covers

Ann Carroll from Paddington Library writes… Well, it’s taken a while – years even – but the day I’d been waiting for arrived in June – on the 7th to be precise- when the shiny new podcast, ‘Under The Covers’ From Westminster Libraries officially launched. The premise is: what books are on the guest’s bedside… More