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We are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London.

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is free to use and open to everyone.

Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.

Victorian London in Photographs: 5 May to 29 October

Our latest exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the Victorian period. Visit our Victorian London in Photographs exhibition page to find out more.

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If you’re looking for ancestors from the London area, you’ve come to the right place. Explore our family history to find out all the options available to you.

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Use our catalogue to search the collections, and plan which documents you want to see when you come to LMA.

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Explore the collections

London's history from 1067 to the present day is recorded in a wealth of archives and specialist library books at LMA.

 Find out more about the different sources of information we hold on our collections page.

What's happening
Victorian London in Photographs, exhibition
Date:
05 May 2015 - 29 Oct 2015
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - open during normal opening hours

The arrival of photography in London in 1839 would change the way people saw their city, and each other, forever and the collections at LMA contain an extraordinary range of images, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail. This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the era, from the first known photograph of the capital to the opening of Blackwall Tunnel, taking in the Crystal Palace, the first Tube line and life on the city’s streets.

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LGBTQ History Club. Streetlife London from Chaucer to Banksy
Date:
02 Sep 2015
Time:
18:00 - 19:30
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - booking essential

LMA Artist in Residence Nick Field will lead a practical creative writing workshop exploring LGBTQ history in London as part of the Streetlife London project.

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