Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive
At Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive we hold at present appoximately 20 original locally produced films from Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate dating from the 1950s to the 1970s. These depict some landmark events that produce a unique insight into the history of the borough, including Enfield Charter Day 1955, Enfield Festival 1972, the 1958 Charter Day Celebrations in Jubilee Park Edmonton and the 1959 Edmonton Horse Show.
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive holds archival and other local history material for the London Borough of Enfield and our records relate to the three former local authorities of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate.
Enfield Civic Centre
Phone: 0208 379 2724
Access: We currently operate on a strict appointment-only system. Our opening times are Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. Our films are available to watch in a DVD format on public access PC.
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive collects films relating to the history of the London Borough of Enfield and the former boroughs of Enfield, Southagte and Edmonton. We are always on the look out for new films that relate to Enfield
I think my favourite film has to be the Enfield Charter Day celebrations film 'Birth of a Borough'. Made in 1955 it offers a fascinating glimpse into Enfield's past and the film has plenty of local footage of well known and familiar landmarks taken from mainly around the Town area of Enfield. It also shows both Enfield's Mayor J Cottenham together with the Lord Mayor of London Sir Seymour Howard as Enfield goes through some of its celebrations as it becomes a municipal borough.
John Clark, Local Studies Officer