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Advance warning of disruption at LMA

From mid-December 2016 to mid-January 2017, the City of London will be undertaking essential major work on one of the lifts at LMA; we anticipate that about 40% of our archival holdings will be unavailable to researchers during this period.

If you are planning a research project using original archival materials mid-December to mid-January please get in touch via or consider bringing forward or postponing your research. You can find out the latest information on our lift works page, so please check here for updates. We will also issue updates and reminders on social media.

LMA will be closed as usual over Christmas and New Year from Thursday 22 December 2016 at 7.30pm, reopening on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 9.30am. 

Robert Hooke Diary now viewable online

Did you know that the Diary of Robert Hooke, the seventeenth century scientist is now available to view page by page through our online catalogue?

London's Baking! exhibition

As one exhibition ends, another rises! Our new exhibition London's Baking! explores bakers, cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the present day. It runs until 1 February 2017.

If you missed our last exhibition, you can still find out more on the Speak Out London Blog.

Collage – The London Picture Archive relaunch

We're delighted to announce the relaunch of Collage - the London Picture Archive. You can find out more about Collage in our Images and Film section.

Great Parchment Book awarded UNESCO Memory of the World status

We are delighted to announce that at the UK Memory of the World awards in Cardiff on 21 June, the Great Parchment Book of the Irish Society was inscribed to the UK register of the UNESCO Memory of the World which recognises documentary heritage deemed by a panel of experts to be of outstanding significance to the UK.


LMA staff gather to receive accreditation certificate from Jeff James, Chief Executive of The National Archives.


We run a regular programme of talks, walks, tours, workshops, exhibitions and events, many of which are free.

How to book

  • Booking online on the Eventbrite website
  • Email
  • Phone us on 020 7332 3851
  • Write to - Event Bookings, London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.

If writing or emailing, please quote the name and date of the event you wish to attend.

If you enclose a cheque it should be payable to 'City of London'. You can also pay by debit or credit card.

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What's happening
London's Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
30 Aug 2016 - 01 Feb 2017
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
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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Making the most of Family Photographs
26 Oct 2016
14:00 - 16:30
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 - booking essential

This session explores what we can discover from the typical family photographs we all have at home. What do the photographs tell us about individuals? Why were the pictures taken? What’s in the background?

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