Archive

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:

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, email ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Toynbee Hall’s research library will also reopen in 2020.

You can also contact archive@toynbeehall.org.uk with any research or copyright questions relating to Toynbee Hall’s archive. We are always happy to be in touch with people whose relations had a link with Toynbee Hall. We are also keen to receive copies of any academic writing that uses sources from our archive via this email address.

For research assistance, as a charity we do ask for a donation towards our work to tackle the causes and impacts of poverty on people and communities, here in East London, and further afield.

Collection highlights