The main local history collection is at Grays library on the first floor.
There is a wide range of books, maps, illustrations, photographs and microfilmed documents:
- Thurrock Gazette on microfilm 1886 to present – not indexed
- Thurrock maps 1800s to 1980s – not complete
- illustrations of Thurrock – indexed
- Thurrock aerial photos 1955 and 1987
If you wish to use the microfilm machine, we advise you to phone Grays library in advance to book a 2-hour session with your Thurrock or Essex library card. A guest ticket can be provided if you live outside of Thurrock and Essex.
This machine can be booked for more than 2 hours at a time, as long as it's not already booked by someone else.
There is a small charge for printing from the microfilm reader – go to library charges.