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About the National Jazz Archive

Within the National Jazz Archive you can freely access the most comprehensive resource on the story of jazz in the UK.

This resource goes beyond documenting the development of this thrilling, ever-evolving, musical phenomenon.  It is also the story of art, fashion, cultural diversity and social progress. 

The Archive's passion isn’t just for conserving and celebrating our amazing heritage. They also look to supporting and documenting the present and future of this brilliant art form in the digital era.

And, much of this rich historical material is available online and accessible from this website. Meaning you can undertake your research from wherever you're based - So explore today.

The collection of written, printed and visual material and oral histories dates back to the 1920s. It includes many unique items and draws researchers and enthusiasts from around the world.

Visitors are always welcome to see the collections at Loughton in Essex, and at Birmingham City University. You can also start by exploring the collections online.

The National Jazz Archive holds many unique items. This includes a vast number of photographs, journals, books, posters, programmes and personal collections.

Whether you’re a writer, student, jazz enthusiast or musician, the collections are available for all to explore.

Most of the digitised collection can be accessed on this website using the Explore section, but visiting the Archive itself will enable you to make full use of the resources. 

Read more about the exciting and unique jazz collections.

Visit the Jazz Archive website for much more information.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Lift
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Attraction Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Open all year round
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Bus stop within walking distance
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Loughton Tube Station on the Central Line.

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The nearest motorway access is at junction 5 (exit northbound only) of the M11, and junction 26 of the M25. If you’re using a satellite navigation device, enter our postcode – IG10 1HD – and look out for the turning in to the library off Traps Hill.

There is a public pay-and-display car park next to the library.

Public Transport Directions

The National Jazz Archive is on the first floor of Loughton Library, which is approximately two miles beyond the north-eastern edge of London.

Loughton station on the London Underground Central Line is approximately a 10 minute walk away, with frequent trains to and from the centre of London.

Bus routes 20, 167 and 397 stop at Traps Hill and serve London and other parts of Essex, and Hertfordshire

National Jazz Archive

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HD

Tel: 020 8502 4701

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