About

Welcome to the digital archive

Over the past four years, Toynbee Hall has been undergone a major restoration of it’s historic hall and estate, but this is much more than conservation. Revealing Social Reform, Renewing Social Action is a four year plan which will see Toynbee Hall’s heritage, and that of the East End, embedded in our community work.

We will showcase the landmark stories of reform and social action from Toynbee Hall and use them to inspire people who are facing similar hardships today, to find new solutions to social problems.

As part of this project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to launch our digital archive. On this site, you have 135 years of social history at your fingertips. This site enables us to share stories from Toynbee Hall’s past, of the influential people who have passed through our doors, and the role of our local community.

The digital archive has been created with the help of London Metropolitan Archives and the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers.

The website has been created by Surface Impression

Our Take Down Policy

Toynbee Hall

Toynbee Hall continues to tackle the causes and impacts of inequality here in East London, and further afield. We offer high quality, timely services, informed and shaped by the experiences of the people we work with.

Our advice services, youth and older people’s projects, financial and social policy work are all geared towards supporting members of our community, not only in times of crisis but on a longer term basis by providing them with the skills and support they need to open up access to opportunities. Find out more about our work today.


Our building

After significant restoration, our Grade II listed building is now open and includes a permanent free exhibition, Toynbee Hall; a Powerhouse for Social Change. Please take a look round and see for yourself the setting which inspired some of the great social reformers.