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International Heritage Centre

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, Camberwell, London, SE5 8BQ

Telephone: 020 7326 7800


Follow us on Twitter: @sa_ihc

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 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. Take a look at our most recent post.

Subject Guides

The Heritage Centre is producing a series of Subject Guides giving an in-depth look at the records in our collection. At present four 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)