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

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

You can also contact 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