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We are home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London.

London Metropolitan Archives (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!

One off closure
Please note that London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) will be closed for research on Wednesday 31 May 2017 as we are taking part in London History Day. We will be open from 10.30-3.30 for families to have fun creating and exploring. To book your free tickets, please visit our page on the Eventbrite website.

Collage - the London Picture Library

Many of the LMA image collections are available on Collage: The London Picture Archive - a website which presents a fascinating glimpse of nearly 600 years of life in the capital.

Among the features of the site, the London Picture Map provides a unique way to access images of buildings and places which no longer exist, presenting a searchable vision of a lost London which allows visitors to view pictures of their neighbourhood from bygone days.

Collage Explore

Family history

If you're looking for ancestors from the London area, you've come to the right place. Explore our family history 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 to register for a History Card that allows you 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.

What's happening
The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980
Date:
06 Feb 2017 - 05 Jul 2017
Time:
00:00 - 23:55
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

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.

Find out more about The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980
A visit to Conservation
Date:
25 May 2017
Time:
14:00 - 15:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - booking essential

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Find out more about A visit to Conservation
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