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Local Heritage

The Local History Library is situated in the basement of the Central Library, accessible by both stairs and public lift. It provides a wealth of information for researchers into the history of the area and for those who have a general interest in the past. The opening hours are the same as for other Central Library departments. All items are for consultation only within the department and cannot be borrowed. It is possible to photocopy from most of them, subject to condition and copyright restrictions.

The geographical areas covered are the historic County of Lincolnshire from the Humber to the Wash prior to 1974, and the Counties or Humberside and Lincolnshire and their component districts 1974 - 1996. Since 1996 the collection has focused on the area covered by the North East Lincolnshire Unitary Authority with a limited coverage outside this area South of the Humber.

THE BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE: a window into history




Lincs Inspire Library Service offers customers the chance to access the British Newspaper Archive free of charge.
Visit any of our four Lincs Inspire Libraries in Grimsby, Immingham, Cleethorpes or Waltham, log on to a computer and access the website at
The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years.

People with academic interest, historians, family history researchers and local history researchers will find this new resource fascinating.
Search millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.

Photograph Collection

There are about 100,000 local historical photographs in the Local History Collection including approximately 17,000 images which make up the Hallgarth collection. Most of the photographs are black and white and provide an insight into how the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding area looked over a century ago and in more recent times. There is also a comprehensive collection of Grimsby trawler photographs.

The Library provides a photographic reproduction service subject to condition and copyright. Please contact the Local History Library for more information. Telephone: 01472 323603 / 323635

Heritage Gallery


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