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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.

Please note: LMA's annual closure for 2014 takes place at the start of November. We will close as normal on Thursday 30 October at 7.30pm and reopen on Monday 17 November at 9.30am.

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 'Emergency! London 1914'  which explores what life in London was like at the outbreak of the First World War.   

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.

Social media

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More information
What's happening
Emergency! London 1914, exhibition
19 May 2014 - 30 Oct 2014
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free. During normal LMA opening times

In response to the outbreak of World War One, the London County Council established the emergency measures committee to report on the state of the city and its people. Keeping tabs on food supplies and employment, reports were compiled by council officers and filed at County Hall. Taking these fascinating reports and building a picture of the city with photographs, maps and documents from the period, this exhibition will explore London as it was one hundred years ago, looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.

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Dragon's Ink: Creative Writers 2
27 Oct 2014
14:00 - 16:30
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 - booking required in advance (book all four sessions for £35)

Unlocking Voices – Our London. This creative writing session takes inspiration from the LMA oral history collections from London’s Chinese and Caribbean communities. The same city is seen through different layers of experience and cultural points of view. How does the teller affect the tale?

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