Our archive documents the history of Toynbee Hall from its Victorian beginnings, up to the present day. On this website you will find a selection of digitised items covering the whole of this period.

What the Toynbee Hall archive contains

  • Annual reports
  • Journals
  • Newsletters and other publications
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes and administrative records
  • Photographs of buildings, events and people.
  • Publicity and campaigning materials.

How to access the physical archive

Our entire archive is held at London Metropolitan Archives. It is split across three collections:

LMA/4683 includes a full collection of Toynbee Hall’s annual reports, a large number of photographs, correspondence and minutes of meetings. Whilst this deposit is closed it is possible to make a request to view items, but access cannot be assured.

More information on how to view items in the collection can be found on London Metropolitan Archives’ website. To make a request to view items from LMA/4683, email

From September, a selection of our archive material will be available on our new digital archive. Toynbee Hall’s research library will also reopen.

You can also contact with any research or copyright questions relating to Toynbee Hall’s archive. We are also keen to receive copies of any academic writing that uses sources from our archive via this email address.

Collection highlights