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.
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.
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