Last week I visited, for the first time, the Quaker Friends House at 173-177 Euston Road, London, UK.
With its National Archive Library, Friends House is home to a wonderful resource for all those wishing to access aspects of Quaker history. It’s in the heart of London just opposite Euston Railway and Underground stations ~ and is well worth a visit. It is open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.
Staff are extremely friendly, considerate and welcoming and they don’t mind if you’re seeking specific information or are just there to wander through the many lines of shelves holding books and pamphlets dating from the 18th Century to the present day.
The Library is free to join (just bring one form of I.D.) and you can download a Reader Registration Form here. There is also an excellent cafe in the adjoining Quaker Centre and a quiet park where you can have lunch and/or take a break. To save time you can search their online catalogue which has information on about half of the printed material held in the Library i.e. almost everything published before 1801 as well as everything catalogued since 1988,
There is a blog associated with the National Quaker Library which posts various historical articles as well as details of new acquisitions – to visit just click here.