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International Heritage Centre

The Salvation Army was founded 150 years ago in Whitechapel. From 29 June to 13 July 2015, the Heritage Centre & Tower Hamlets Council are presenting a display and an events programme. Click here for more details. If you have any queries about the programme, please email

The International Heritage Centre tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and internationally. We collect, preserve, catalogue, research and make accessible material about the life and work of The Salvation Army. Our collections form a reference library, archive and museum.

You can find us at:
William Booth College,

Telephone: 020 7326 7800

We are open from Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm

 For the 150th anniversary Boundless Congress, the Heritage Centre will open as follows:

  • Monday 29 June
    • 9.30am – 8pm
  • Tuesday 30 June - Friday 3 July
    • 9.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday 4 July
    • 10am – 5pm 
  • Sunday 5 July
    • Closed
  • Monday 6 July
    • 9.30am – 4pm

    Admission to our reading room and museum is free.

    If you would like to view items from our library or archive collection, please contact us to make an appointment.

    William Booth College is opposite Denmark Hill rail station. Bus routes 40, 176, 185 and 484 stop outside the College.

    If you have an enquiry relating to family history, academic study, media research or any other aspect of our collections or Salvation Army history, please contact us. An initial enquiry we will answer for free and in-dept research may be carried out by our staff for a fee of  £20 per hourPlease note it can take up to 5 working days to receive a reply from us.


    The catalogue comprises descriptions of more than 8,000 documents and books in our archive and library. This represents only a fraction of our total holdings. Additional catalogue records will be added several times a year. Search the catalogue.


    We produce a blog highlighting recent cataloguing and interesting discoveries in the archive. To coincide with the Boundless 150th Anniversary Congress, our most recent post looks back at the earliest International Congresses.

    Subject Guides

    The Heritage Centre is producing a series of Subject Guides giving an in-depth look at the records in our collection. The first of these guides, on The Salvation Army's work with 'Criminal Tribes' in India is available here.