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Life on the London Stage: New exhibition

Our current exhibition Life on the London Stage is now open. The exhibition runs until 6 December 2017.

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.

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.


We run a regular programme of talks, walks, tours, workshops, exhibitions and events, many of which are free.

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What's happening
Life on the London Stage
10 Jul 2017 - 06 Dec 2017
00:00 - 23:59
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

This exhibition will uncover the lives of performers on the London stage, from the days of Elizabethan theatre to the 20th century. Original records that document the successes of some of London’s most celebrated performers will appear alongside workhouse records, court registers and other sources. From Shakespeare’s forgotten brother to Charlie Chaplin and the stars of Music Hall, Life on the London Stage will delve into our and present a fascinating record of the lives of London’s entertainers.

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In Search of ... Barnsbury
27 Sep 2017
11:00 - 13:00
London Metropolitan Archives
£10 - booking essential

Exploring a part of north London now full of attractive squares, delightful terraces, and expensive villas, but amongst which we'll find a workhouse, a fever hospital, a prison, a cattle market - and the stories to go with them. Meet: Caledonian Road underground station, street level.

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