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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
Family History starter session: Using LMA's digital resources
Date:
11 Feb 2016
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - booking essential

Starting your family history? Come along to this workshop and learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.

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Maps and London
Date:
13 Feb 2016
Time:
11:00 - 16:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
£10 - booking essential. Bring a picnic.

In 1616 Dutchman Claes Visscher published his now famous panorama of London. In this day of talks and walks we will explore the archives collection of maps, plans and panoramas before taking to the streets to compare the modern city with the old.

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