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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!

New exhibition - Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts

Our new exhibition looks at what happened to men women and children convicted for their crimes in London. Find out more in our news and events section.

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.

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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
Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
11 Dec 2017 - 16 May 2018
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

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.

Find out more about Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
Rebooting Art, Activism and Archives. No Colour Bar - A Legacy Continues
24 Feb 2018
10:30 - 16:00
London Metropolitan Archives
Early Bird £10 + booking fee. Booking essential.

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990, (Guildhall Art Gallery, 2015-2016) examined the impact of Black narratives, through the art, social and political activism of that period. With a 21st century eye, and coinciding with the legacy publication launch, we revisit the questions posed through sharp, creative provocations.

Find out more about Rebooting Art, Activism and Archives. No Colour Bar - A Legacy Continues
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