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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!

Annual Closure, November 2018

We will close on Thursday 1 November at 4.45pm for our annual closure, re-opening on Monday 19 November 2018 at 9.30am.

Please note: We will not be answering phone calls during annual closure, please email LMA Enquiries instead.

Current exhibition - Picturing Forgotten London

Picturing Forgotten London uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or part of everyday life, left behind by generations of Londoners. Prints, photographs and maps bring together a surprising record of the city, from the 1500s to the twentieth century.

From Columbia Market to the Devil’s Acre, riverside mansions to ragged schools, images created by a variety of artists will appear together for the first time to tell the story of a forgotten city. The exhibition runs until Wednesday 31 October 2018. Visit the exhibition page to find out more.

Update: Speak Out wins prestigious award

LMA is delighted to announce that the Speak Out London Diversity City HLF-funded project has won the prestigious national Archive Volunteering Award for 2017. Sponsored by the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and sector partners, this annual award recognises outstanding work involving volunteers within an institutional archive service.

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
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.

Find out more about Child Health in London exhibition
Document Handling at LMA
Date:
20 Nov 2018
Time:
12:00 - 13:00
Location:
London Metropolitan Archives
Cost:
Free - drop in

This practical session aims to help you to handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don't's that apply in the Archive Study Area.

Find out more about Document Handling at LMA
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