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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!

Major document production problems on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November

Due to technical difficulties with the planned overhaul of one of the main production lifts, there will be some documents we will be unable to produce on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November.
The lift engineers are working to resolve the problem. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Please check our visitor information section for full details of all opening and closure times.

Under Ground London exhibition

This exhibition, which runs until 4 December 2019, explores life under the streets of London - visit the Under Ground London exhibition page to discover more.

Collage - the London Picture Archive

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.

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What's happening
Under Ground London exhibition
15 Apr 2019 - 04 Dec 2019
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free. During normal opening hours

Under Ground London at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) will explore our relationship with the subterranean capital, exploring hundreds of years of documents, images and plans to tell the story of the underground city, as well as some of the enduring legends that have risen from the darkness down below.

Find out more about Under Ground London exhibition
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