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If you would like to propose a project which includes the digitisation of archives or re-use digital archives managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), please complete the Digitisation Application form (70KB) and return it to us. 

Contact us directly if you:

  • own a collection held at LMA which you would like to digitise
  • want to make or purchase a small number of digital copies for non-commercial personal use/research purposes

We hold some 105km of archives, modern records, plans, audio-visual and printed material. 

Collections date from 1067 to the present day and form part of the History of London Collection, which is held jointly at Guildhall Library and LMA within the City of London’s Culture, Heritage & Libraries Department.

The collection is designated as one of national and international importance.

While LMA cares for collections on behalf of their owners in many instances, the City of London owns the archive of the administration of the Square Mile together with the collections of London-wide government bodies from the Middlesex Sessions in the sixteenth century to the Greater London Council and Inner London Education Authority in the late twentieth century.

All these collections, whether they are owned by the City of London or by others, are cared for, managed and made available to the general public and for commercial and academic use by LMA. 

City of London’s strategy towards the digitisation of archive collections

The City of London is committed to:

  • Providing the widest possible access to the archive collections in its care.
  • Encouraging the academic study and exploration of the archives in its care.
  • Ensuring that the rights of the owners of deposited collections are respected and protected.
  • Ensuring those archives which are owned by the City are acknowledged as City assets and the City’s role in managing and preserving them is properly recognised in all work based on these archives.
  • Ensuring that the process of digitisation is compatible with best practice in archive handling.
  • Making the images of its archives available online on the City’s own website.
  • Working with partners to achieve these objectives, including working with commercial partners.
11 April 2012
Last Modified:
29 August 2019