I am the Local Studies Librarian at Kensington Library and I’ve been here since 2004. But I’ve worked with the Local Studies collections since the 1990s and as a Chelsea resident I’ve roamed the streets of Kensington and Chelsea for more than 20 years and spent a lot of time just looking and thinking. I’ve spent so much time looking at old photographs that if it was possible to step back in time into one of them I like to think I wouldn’t have too much trouble finding my way around.
My staff and I answer enquiries on Local Studies topics at the library from people who live just around the corner or thousands of miles away. We deal with enquiries on ancestor research, house history, and mysteries in maps, photographs and drainage plans. We look in rate books, diaries, mortuary ledgers, manuscripts, scrapbooks and many other places to find answers to the questions which I’m glad to say keep on coming.
For Local Studies enquiries contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to email me direct: email@example.com
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