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London's Baking! exhibition - ends soon

Our current exhibition London's Baking! explores bakers, cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the present day. It closes on 1 February 2017. Our next exhibition The Londoners opens on Monday 6 February.

Great Parchment Book: major paper published

London Metropolitan Archives' partners at University College London have announced the publication of a major paper describing the process of conserving, imaging, virtually flattening, and finally reading the Great Parchment Book of the Honourable The Irish Society, held in LMA.

The project saw:

  • Archivists
  • Conservators
  • Imaging scientists
  • Historians
  • Computer scientists
  • Digital humanities experts

working together in an interdisciplinary, international partnership.

We developed a low-cost process for conserving, digitising, 3D-reconstructing, and virtually flattening the fire-damaged, buckled parchment, enabling new readings and understanding of the text to be created.

The paper, published in Oxford University Press Digital Scholarship in the Humanities journal, presents a complete overview of the project, detailing the conservation, digital acquisition, and digital reconstruction methods used.

It is freely available in open access, meaning anyone can read the details of the project, and see images and videos to understand the scope and scale of the project, and its contribution to the restoration of the Great Parchment Book.

It is freely available on the Oxford University Press Digital Scholarship in the Humanities website.

You can find more information on the Great Parchment Book blog.

Robert Hooke Diary now viewable online

Did you know that the Diary of Robert Hooke, the seventeenth century scientist is now available to view page by page through our online catalogue?

Collage – The London Picture Archive relaunch

We're delighted to announce the relaunch of Collage - the London Picture Archive. You can find out more about Collage in our Images and Film section.

Great Parchment Book awarded UNESCO Memory of the World status

We are delighted to announce that at the UK Memory of the World awards in Cardiff on 21 June, the Great Parchment Book of the Irish Society was inscribed to the UK register of the UNESCO Memory of the World which recognises documentary heritage deemed by a panel of experts to be of outstanding significance to the UK.


LMA staff gather to receive accreditation certificate from Jeff James, Chief Executive of The National Archives.


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What's happening
London's Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
30 Aug 2016 - 01 Feb 2017
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the twentieth century. Discover recipes (to take away and bake!) for almond cakes from 1700, suet puddings from 1850 and questionable school dinner chocolate sponge traybakes from the 1970s.

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Use LMA: Getting Started
25 Jan 2017
11:00 - 11:45
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - booking essential

Join us and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities. Meet at the Information Area desk.

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