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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 '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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What's happening
London Gothic
17 Nov 2014 - 30 Apr 2015
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free. Opening during normal office hours

From terrible crimes to gruesome legends, London has long been the backdrop to horrifying tales which quickly take root in popular imagination. Digging into the depths of the archive, this exhibition presents documents and images which record both fact and fiction, including manuscripts put on public display for the first time.

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Dragon's Ink: Creative writers 3
24 Nov 2014
14:00 - 16:30
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 - booking essential (book all four sessions for £35)

Clerkenwell – What’s in a name? A creative writing session inspired by maps which chart changing local landscapes and street names. Unearth the evidence of hidden rivers and wells, occupations, neighbours and property ownership. How does the place affect the teller?

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