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We are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. On this site you can find out about the archives we hold, and get practical advice on how to use them.

We run a wide variety of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on our news and events page.

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 pages 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 that you need to register for a History Card 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.


Our current exhibition is ‘Journeys in Archive Conservation’ which explores the challenges that conservators deal with every day to make the collections accessible and delay the degradation of fragile and damaged items.   

Images and films

Our image collections include photographs, films, posters, prints, drawings and watercolours and make up one of the finest visual records of London in the world. You can find out more on the images and films page.


To support wider access for educational bodies such as schools, universities and other similar interest groups, we offer a range of online resources, workshops, conferences and events. Find out all the options available to you on our learning pages.

Get involved with collections held at LMA by following us on Twitter  and Facebook, finding us on Flickr or watching us on YouTube . ​​​​​​​​

More information
What's happening
Journeys in Archive Conservation
19 Feb 2014 - 15 May 2014
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free. Open during normal opening hours

The exhibition will travel through the complexities of conserving and repairing archives, and creating the best environments to preserve London history.

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Mapping a Community
01 May 2014
15:00 - 16:00
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - booking required in advance

How has your local area changed over the last century? What remains and what has disappeared? Discover how the historic maps found in Mediatheque can support your research into a particular area of London, its local population, buildings and general history.

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