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Special Collections

We hold a wide range of special collections related to local people and organisations.

The following leaflets provide general information about these materials:

Islington Heritage Online Catalogue

Visit our online catalogue, which covers our library, archive and museum collections

Please note that our online catalogue is currently undergoing work and certain materials may not displayed or have yet to be catalogued. If you are unable to locate a particular item, please contact staff at the Local History Centre who can further advise as to avialibilty.

Archives Hub

Archives Hub logoDescriptions of some of our major special collections are available on the Archives Hub website.  Links to individual descriptions are provided below and more will be added soon.  

Our special collections include:

Dove Brothers archive: records documenting the work of this prominent Islington building firm in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Geoffrey S Fletcher collection: paintings and sketches by the noted London artist and writer, together with sketchbooks, prints, cuttings, book manuscripts and pamphlets.

Joe Orton Collection: books, newspaper cuttings, and reproductions of the Islington Library Service book covers infamously defaced by writer Joe Orton and his partner Kenneth Halliwell during the early 1960s.

Penton family and estate papers: various papers relating to the Pentonville estate and the family who owned the land.

Memoir of Henry Price cabinet maker: "The diary of a working man long resident in Islington"

Robert Pringle and Sons (London) Limited: manufacturers of jewellery and clocks: material including sales catalogues, commemorative booklets and photographs.

Royal Agricultural Hall: records and archives relating to the Royal Agricultural Hall Company, as well as posters, cuttings and exhibition catalogues.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre: playbills, prints, photographs, cuttings, books and archive material relating to Sadler’s Wells buildings, performances and management.