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Reuniting the Toynbee Hall archives

Published: 29 Jun 2015


Over the next month, the Toynbee Hall archives will be joined together and kept as a single collection at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) for the first time in 40 years.

In the 1970s, the Toynbee Hall archive, a unique collection of papers, reports, journals, photographs and gifts dating back to our beginnings in 1884, was divided. Half of the materials were documented and taken to County Hall to be later moved to the LMA and the other half remained on site. As the Toynbee Hall estate prepares to undergo a complete regeneration, all our remaining archive material will be transferred to the LMA.

The archive is currently being organised by our team of Archive and Historical Research interns ready to be boxed and transferred to the LMA. The contents of the archive will be moved in July and will not be available for three months while the collection is digitised. Once digitised, the archive will become an online learning resource that will enable people across generations to discover more about the historical significance of Toynbee Hall and the role it has played in the community.

The archive preserves our legacy and underpins the work that we do. Renovating the archive and the conservation work on the Grade II listed halls, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will allow us to proudly showcase our heritage.

We are incredibly proud of our heritage and our archive. Digitising the collection and making it more accessible will allow us to truly showcase the landmark stories that span our 130 year history and inspire a younger generation to work together in the fight against poverty and inequality in our community”
Graham Fisher, Toynbee Hall Chief Executive

Find out more about our plans to regenerate our estate