Guide to Slough's Museum, Archives & other heritage services

If you are looking for material about Slough’s history and heritage, try these useful organisations.  

Local studies, The Curve Slough

Willam St, Slough, SL1 1XY

The Curve holds a variety of Local studies materials to support study of Slough’s history. Some of our collection is open access. For further details contact us on library@slough.gov.uk  

Slough Museum

The Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY  

Interested in the history of Slough? Visit The Curve and find a range of special themed Slough Museum pods showcasing Slough's History from woolly mammoths through to the modern era. Pods are available to browse during Curve opening times completely FREE.

The museum began collecting in 1986 and now has over 10,000 objects and photographs chronicling the development of Slough town and borough and the people who live, work and enjoy life in Slough.

Come and visit us to find out more about Slough’s rich and varied history. Hear the stories of how people came to Slough in our MYgration Kiosk on the top floor, or take part in arts or heritage activities during one of our events.

More information on Slough Museum

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UU  

The archives for the historical county of Buckinghamshire, which included Slough until 1974 are held at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. Records include the County Council's own archive, commencing in 1678, and a wide variety of documents deposited by local authorities, businesses, charities, churches and families, both famous and little-known. The oldest document dates from around 1200 but the most recent is less than a year old.  

The Berkshire Record Office

 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF  

Berkshire Record Office (BRO) is the archives for the Royal County, and is based in Reading. It holds unique material in special environmental conditions, including the archive of Slough Borough Council from 1863, and is staffed by specialists who can assist you on your journey into the past. Visit BRO to handle original documents, reveal lost landscapes or piece together your family tree.

Berkshire Record Office also runs New Landscapes - Enclosure in Berkshire which provides online access to details of the eighteenth and nineteenth century enclosure of public land and awards to local land owners. The site shows images of maps and other records relating to the Central Slough parishes, together with the other parishes in the current and ancient Royal County of Berkshire.

Berkshire Archaeology

Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ  

Berkshire Archaeology is an archaeological advice service for five unitary authorities - Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham. It was established in 2004 and is part of Reading Borough Council’s Cultural Services.

It offers a range of services including, management of the Berkshire Sites and Monuments Record, advice on archaeology within the planning system, site management and conservation & public events and activities.

Also available on their website is Historic Environment Record Database - search for monuments, findspots, buildings and archaeological fieldwork in locations across all five unitary authorities.  

Community Development Team, Slough Borough Council

Community Development Officers lead, facilitate and support a variety of work, from small scale social groups through to large, multi-agency strategic projects.

The team offers help and advice to local groups and individuals to support their community. They can also help secure external funding grants for localised community projects and initiatives, events and activities - for example a local history project.  For more information email community.development@slough.gov.uk or give them a call on 01753 875413. (More information about Community Development

Slough Heritage Forum

Professionals from organisations above, together with representatives from Slough Borough Council's Parks and Planning departments, form the Slough Heritage Forum.

 The aims of the forum are set out in the Slough Heritage Strategy. The forum has also produced a Survey of Slough's Heritage.