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The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980

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    Fireman, in front of a fire engine, with Clapham Old Town Fire Brigade's mascot Joey, 1924

    Fireman, in front of a fire engine, with Joey the Clapham Old Town Fire Brigade's Mascot, his shoulder. 1924

  1. Date:
    06 February 2017 - 05 July 2017
    London Metropolitan Archives
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    00:00 - 23:55
    Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours
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    Event description:
    ​Hundreds of thousands of faces - images of born Londoners and more transient visitors - are preserved forever in our archive collections.

    From Lord Mayors to chimney sweeps, waitresses to wrestlers, London has increasingly been a magnet for those looking for work.  Some jobs appear strangely familiar, miraculously little changed across more than five centuries, while others are more or less a mystery to all except their practitioners.

    Images of working Londoners capture the strangeness and the familiarity, the toil, flair and sheer vitality of work in London. Winners, losers, the famous or the forgotten, countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital.  From fifteenth century drawings to colour photographs, the archive brings them all together and presents them as the history of our capital city.

    Delve into The Londoners exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives and come face to face with London’s past.
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Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
11 Dec 2017 - 16 May 2018
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
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Between 1700 and 1900, Britain stopped punishing the bodies of convicts and increasingly sought to reform their minds. Exile and forced labour in Australia and incarceration in penitentiaries became the dominant modes of punishment. This exhibition uses the collections of LMA to trace the impact of these punishments on convict lives.

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