Salvation Army International Heritage Centre Archive

Visitor''s address: William Booth College, Champion Park, London SE5 8BQ

United Kingdom

E-mail address:
+44 (0)207 326 7800
Opening hours:

Tuesday-Friday 09.30-16.00

Closing dates:

The Heritage Centre is closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year. Any exceptional closures will be advertised on our website so please check in advance of your visit.


The Heritage Centre is located on the third floor of William Booth College. Lift access is available. Visitors must sign in at reception on the ground floor. William Booth College is opposite Denmark Hill rail station, served by rail and London Overground services. Bus routes 40, 176, 185 and 484 stop outside the College.

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Terms of use:

Admission to our reading room and museum is free. To view items from our library or archive collection, please contact us in advance to make an appointment.

Reader's ticket:

Readers tickets are not required but readers will be asked to complete a form on their first visit.

Searchroom: 5 places
Ordering documents in advance:

To view items from our library or archive collection, please contact us by email or telephone to make an appointment. Use our online catalogue to search our collections.

Searchroom contact
E-mail address:
+44 (0)207 326 7800
Archives research service:

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.

Microfilm/fiche readers: 1 places
Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

We have a reference library containing copies of most books in English published by or about The Salvation Army. Our library also holds complete series of all Salvation Army periodicals published in the UK.


The Heritage Centre includes a museum that tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and internationally.

Archival and other holdings:

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre is the repository for the official records of the organisation’s International and Territorial Headquarters. The collections reflect the broad range and geographical scope of The Salvation Army’s work throughout its 150-year history, including records relating to work in Europe, South Asia, Africa and the Americas, social services, UK churches or 'corps' and the personal papers of Salvation Army officers.

History of the archive:

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and charity founded by William Booth in East London in 1865. The International Heritage Centre was established in 1988 as the institutional archive for the records of The Salvation Army's International and UK Headquarters, both based in London. The Heritage Centre opened in its current location at William Booth College in 2011.

Archive building:

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre occupies the third floor of William Booth College, The Salvation Army's residential training college for its clergy who are known as 'Officers'. The complex was purpose-designed for The Salvation Army by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and opened in 1929. The main building with its distinctive tower is Grade II listed. The College underwent extensive refurbishment from 2010-2012 but retains many of its original period features.

Other information
Related resource:
Researching 150 years of Salvation Army history

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Personal diaries in the archive of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

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Online resources from the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre Archive

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Type of archive:

Church and religious archives

Last update: 14.01.2021
Archival Material