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The Londoners: Portrait of a working City New exhibition

Our current exhibition The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City is now open. Runs until Wednesday 5 July 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.

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
The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980
06 Feb 2017 - 05 Jul 2017
00:00 - 23:55
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours

Hundreds of thousands of faces - images of born Londoners and more transient visitors - are preserved forever in our archive collections. From Lord Mayors to chimney sweeps, waitresses to wrestlers, London has increasingly been a magnet for those looking for work. Some jobs appear strangely familiar, miraculously little changed across more than five centuries, while others are more or less a mystery to all except their practitioners. Images of working Londoners capture the strangeness and the familiarity, the toil, flair and sheer vitality of work in London. Winners, losers, the famous or the forgotten, countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital. From fifteenth century drawings to colour photographs, the archive brings them all together and presents them as the history of our capital city.

Find out more about The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980
A visit to Conservation
25 May 2017
14:00 - 15:00
London Metropolitan Archives
Free - booking essential

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Find out more about A visit to Conservation
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