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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.

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
War in London: 20thC conflicts and London's response
Date:
16 Feb 2016
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - booking essential

This informal session will be an opportunity to examine some of LMA’s material relating to the First and Second World Wars and to civil defence plans in the second half of the century.

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Deciphering Old Handwriting (beginners)
Date:
16 Feb 2016
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
£8 - booking essential

This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA’s collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing. Suitable for beginners.

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