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, Camberwell, London, SE5 8BQ
We are open from Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm
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-depth research may be carried out by our staff for a fee of £20 per hour. Please note it can take up to 5 working days to receive a reply from us.
The catalogue comprises descriptions of more than 9,000 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. Take a look at our most recent post.
The Heritage Centre is producing a series of Subject Guides giving an in-depth look at the records in our collection. At present five guides are available:
Subject Guide 1: Denotified tribes (A guide to The Salvation Army's work with 'Criminal Tribes' in India)
Subject Guide 2: Officer records (A guide to tracing records of Salvation Army ministers)
Subject Guide 3: Migration (A guide to The Salvation Army's work in assisting emigration)
Subject Guide 4: The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (A guide to The Salvation Army's involvement in the 'Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon' campaign)
Subject Guide 5: Wars and Conflict (A guide to The Salvation Army's activities during wars and international conflict)
You can read and download information about significant Salvation Army figures and people associated with The Salvation Army on our history pages, including Margaret Harkness's WWI novel A Curate's Promise: a story of three weeks (September 14 – October 5, 1917) and The Army of Alba, David Armistead's history of The Salvation Army in Scotland.
We're now part of MINIM-UK, a new UK-wide virtual museum of musical instruments created by The Royal College of Music launched on 30 October 2017. You can browse instruments from our collection on the MINIM-UK website.
We're also on Cambridge Digital Library. Records from our archives relating to Salvationists who were interned in the Changi and Sime Road camps in Singapore during the Second World War have been made available digitally on the Voices of Civilian Internment page.
You will find some historical posters from our archives on the Chinese Christian Posters website. These posters were used by The Salvation Army in its evangelical work in China between 1916 and 1952.
You can also find descriptions of some of our archive collections on Archives Hub and Archives Portal Europe. We were the featured collection on the Archives Hub in June 2015 and April 2018. Visit the Archives Hub blog to find out more about some interesting items from our collections.