The Local History Collections cover many aspects of life on the Northern Beaches, including indigenous and social history, the built and natural environment and contemporary issues. Each of our Local History Collections are managed by dedicated staff who collect, conserve and promote the collections as well as undertake research projects.
Our libraries host a variety of activities each year relating to local history. These include events, bus and ferry tours, walking tours, talks, exhibitions and workshops.
Keep an eye on the events calendar for upcoming events.
Local History Research
The staff at Manly, Dee Why and Mona Vale are available to help you with your local history research.
Bookings are made by appointment, so call to book a time with them to discuss your needs.
We welcome donations that relate directly to the history of our local area. Our collections are enriched by the addition of records of individuals, families, businesses and community groups who have lived or worked in the local area. Contact the local history staff to discuss.