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We are home to an amazing 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 launch of the Collage: The London Picture Archive - a 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
London's Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
Date:
30 Aug 2016 - 01 Feb 2017
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the twentieth century. Discover recipes (to take away and bake!) for almond cakes from 1700, suet puddings from 1850 and questionable school dinner chocolate sponge traybakes from the 1970s.

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The Great Fire of London
Date:
30 Sep 2016
Time:
10:30 - 16:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Tour: £15 - booking essential

Commemorating its 350th anniversary, this event will focus on the impact of the Great Fire on St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and the role the hospital subsequently played in rebuilding the City. The day comprises of talks, document viewings, and an afternoon walking tour. The morning presentations will be supported by the findings of recent excavation works carried out by Museum of London Archaeology.

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