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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.

Annual Closure: We will be closed to the public during our annual closure, which takes place during the first two weeks of November. We will close on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 7.30 pm and reopen on Monday 16 November 2015 at 9.30 am.

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
Victorian London in Photographs, exhibition
05 May 2015 - 29 Oct 2015
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
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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The Bombing Campaign of WWI
12 Oct 2015
14:00 - 15:00
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - booking essential

Ahead of LMA’s exhibition War in London, opening in November, this talk will discuss Britain status as ‘no longer an island’ as lighter than air technology brought Zeppelins and then aeroplanes to bomb London with consequences for all in a new total war. We also discuss the three associated WWI walks where we explore the streets of this new theatre of war, the Home Front.

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