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London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. 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!

Child Health in London exhibition

Our new exhibtion Child Health in London runs until 10 April 2019

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What's happening
Child Health in London exhibition
Date:
19 Nov 2018 - 09 Apr 2019
Time:
00:00 - 23:59
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free. During normal opening hours

Child Health in London explores the history of the health of the capital's children. It’s a story of young lives blighted by deprivation and disease with little hope of a cure, transformed by breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and underpinned by advances in public health and science, public administration, the caring institutions and the medical profession. From the medical records of the Foundling Hospital, established in the 18th century by Thomas Coram, one of the first pioneers of child care, through the records of children's hospitals and clinics founded in the 19th century, to those of the school health services set up by the London County Council in the 20th, this exhibition makes connections in a sometimes fragmented history and a provides a fascinating background to the issues facing children and young people in London today.

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Writing Historical Fiction
Date:
21 Nov 2018
Time:
18:00 - 20:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
£10 - booking essential

Historical fiction allows us to explore the untold stories of ordinary people. In this creative writing workshop, we will use documents from the archive to imagine the stories of people who walked, talked, ate, drank and worked in London’s streets. This is one of three workshops on writing historical fiction this autumn. You are welcome to book them individually or to attend all three. See entries for 24 October and 21 November. Facilitator: Anna James.

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