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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.

Christmas closure

We will be closed for the Christmas period from Thursday 24 December 2015 at 3pm, reopening on Monday 4 January 2016 at 9.30am.

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 exhibition
16 Nov 2015 - 27 Apr 2016
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - open during normal opening hours

This new exhibition at LMA reveals the effects of five conflicts on Londoners and their city, from the English Civil War to the Cold War. In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin air raids of WWI, and the 75th anniversary of the London Blitz during WW2, this exhibition uncovers historical manuscripts, maps, photographs and films that tell us about the destruction of the city, the threat of imminent invasion and the heroism of ordinary Londoners.

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Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?
27 Nov 2015
11:00 - 16:00
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 - booking essential

Part of Disability History Month and supported by the King’s Fund, this conference will feature a range of speakers including community groups, heritage organisations and academics discussing the theme of technological change and the portrayal of disability then and now. If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know.

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