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​Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that London Metropolitan Archives will be closed to the public until further notice. As our records are paper based and staff are working from home this means that we are currently unable to access the records and are therefore unable to answer any subject access requests until the service is reopened. Please check our homepage for updates. Please contact if you have any specific enquiries.

If you were in care or adopted through either the London or Middlesex County Councils, then we may hold a case file.

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) holds many thousands of such files, from the period 1926 to 1965, although we do not hold files for every child in London during this time. 

For adoptions and care in Greater London after 1965 please contact the social service department of the relevant London Borough - see the Adoption Search Reunion website for contact details.

Although sometimes in-care files hold very little information and you may be disappointed by this, any information from your past can stir up strong feelings.

We offer a social worker counselling service for people who wish to view their in-care file at LMA. Alternatively, you can apply to your own local social services department for a social worker, who can request a copy of the file from us.

If you want access to your adoption records, you must get a social worker assigned to you from your local authority. They will liaise with LMA to get you the information you need.

There are very important considerations of confidentiality when dealing with adoption and in-care records. For more information please contact the enquiry team.

30 May 2012
Last Modified:
01 April 2020