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Front cover of the 2018-19 London Metropolitan Archives schools programme

Our 2018-2019 schools programme  is now available

​London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is committed to education for everyone. We want to increase awareness of archives and their potential for education, in an environment of collaboration, learning and fun.

To encourage this, we offer a variety of information packs and run a programme of instructive workshops. Each is tailored to suit a broad range of topics, including history, science and literacy. To ensure the information we provide is appropriate to all levels, we work closely with educational standards such as the National Curriculum.

We introduce students to archives and their role and relevance in society.

The immediacy of working with archives offers a unique way of bringing the past to life – come along and be convinced by our hands-on sessions. Literacy, history and science can all be enhanced by the resources at the LMA.

Do you need help with costs for your visit?

The Culture Mile School Visits Fund is a great way to help children experience the benefits of learning outside the classroom. If you’re a teacher or group leader planning a trip, you can receive up to £300 towards the cost of a visit to a wide variety of inspiring venues in the Culture Mile Learning partnership.

You can apply online at the School Visits Fund website  

Before applying you should have the following information available:

  • which venue(s) you intend to visit
  • estimated date of your visit
  • estimated number of school-age children participating in the visit

School Programmes

Sessions for Key Stage 2 (KS2) and Key Stage 3 (KS3)

The archives at LMA mesh perfectly with many parts of the KS2 and KS3 curricula, including: Local History in London, Victorian Britain, the Second World War, and Britain since 1930.

We understand the pressure on teachers and we want to make a visit to LMA as useful as possible. We tailor our class sessions based on discussion with teachers about what you want, to assist your teaching in the most effective way.

Contact the team for a friendly chat. If there’s a topic you want us to look at, call and find out if we are able to. 

Be warned: our sessions are popular and get booked quickly!

Partner schools

We have established partnerships with a number of schools to develop our education programmes. Being an LMA partner school means that we will work with you to develop a bespoke session, often with the benefit of take-away resources at preferential rates. We will also turn to partner schools in the first instance when we secure funding for added-value activities such as costumed interpretation. In return we ask that the partner school engages in a dialogue about what we are doing, and this helps us improve our services to them and to other schools.

If you are interested in becoming a partner school, please let us know when you call to book a class session.

04 April 2012
Last Modified:
16 September 2019