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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.

Collage - the London Picture Library

We're delighted to announce the relaunch of the Collage website which presents a fascinating glimpse of nearly 600 years of life in the capital. Among the new features of the site, The London Picture Map provides a unique way to access images of buildings and places which no longer exist, presenting a searchable vision of a lost London which allows visitors to view pictures of their neighbourhood from bygone days.

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Family history

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.

Search the archives

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

Don't forget to register for a History Card that allows you to view original documents when you visit.

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
Speak Out London, LGBTQ+ History Exhibition
Date:
04 May 2016 - 24 Aug 2016
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

Speak Out London is an LGBTQ+ oral history community project which is creating a contemporary archive. The exhibition reveals stories of LGBTQ+ history, 1395 to the present, from court records to GLC events; medical studies to protest and acts of parliament to campaigns. Heritage Lottery funded.

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Bombs, Toms and Tearaways, 200 years of Waterloo's Dark Side
Date:
01 Aug 2016
Time:
11:00 - 12:30
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
£10 - booking essential

Meet on steps outside Waterloo Mainline station, York Road From the Bridge of Sighs through poisoners, prostitutes, razor gangs and two world wars this walk tells the colourful story of one of London’s rough, tough and deprived ‘other places’.

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