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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!

Access to some of Coram's Foundling Hospital Archives

Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity, has received a grant of £1.26 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable the digitisation of a major portion of its Foundling Hospital archive. Coram’s four-year project, Voices Through Time: The Story of Care, will secure access to fragile and vulnerable items in the archive held by LMA. From March 2020, there will be restrictions on access to some original documents. Find out more about the project and which archives are affected.

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.

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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.

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