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Image showing the Tabard Inn (later the Talbot), demolished in the nineteenth century

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LMA Exhibitions

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  1. A proposed design for Tower Bridge, which was not selected for construction The London That Never Was
    Discarded designs and rejected plans lurk behind every important building in London. The London That Never Was explores the collections at LMA to show plans and drawings of some of the most intriguing proposals that never made it off the drawing board to the streets of the capital.
  2. Cartoon showing cinema pioneer Robert Paul Robert Paul and the beginnings of Cinema in London
    Londoner Robert Paul was one of the early movers and shakers in cinema, but you've probably never heard of him. Discover more about this enigmatic film pioneer in our free exhibition which runs until Thursday 17 October 2019.
  3. Image showing a London sewer, from our Under Ground London exhibition Under Ground London
    From lost rivers to underground railways, deep shelters to sewers, the sprawling network of tunnels and spaces under London are a subject of fascination and fear. Find out what lies beneath in our exhibition
  4. Image showing the Crystal Palace in 1851 Picturing Forgotten London
    The Picturing Forgotten London exhibition is now closed. London is a restless city, ever changing and evolving. Cranes and building sites crowd the landscape as new buildings rise. Yet traces of our forgotten past peep through on almost every street, whether intentionally preserved or incidentally left behind. Our exhibition uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or an important part of everyday life, left behind by successive generations of Londoners
  5. Image showing a Victorian coaching inn Victorian London in photographs
    This exhibition ran in 2015, and again as a pop up exhibition in 2018: The arrival of photography in London in 1839 changed the way people saw their city, and each other, forever. With the ‘whoomph!’ of a photographer’s flash, quite suddenly it was possible to see real life images captured ‘in the flesh’, rather than as an artist’s sketch or painting.
  6. Image showing Millbank prison Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
    This exhibition finished in May 2018 Between 1700 and 1900, the state stopped punishing the bodies of London’s convicts and increasingly sought to reform their minds. From hanging, branding and whipping the response to crime shifted to transportation and imprisonment. By the nineteenth century, judges could choose between two contrasting forms of punishments: exile and forced labour in Australia, or incarceration in strictly controlled ‘reformatory’ prisons at home. Which was more effective?
  7. Image showing a Second World War bomb damage map War in London
    This exhibition ran in 2016: War in London, an exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives, revealed the effects of five conflicts on Londoners and their city, from the English Civil War to the Cold War.
  8. Image showing the Thamesmead estate Somewhere Decent to Live
    This exhibition ran in 2016: London's Council Estates in Photographs, 1895-1975 - the extraordinary photographs which were on display in this free exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives showed the public housing schemes designed by the London County Council (LCC) and Greater London Council (GLC) between 1895 and 1975.
  9. London's Baking! Exhibition logo London's Baking exhibition
    This exhibition ran in 2017: Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition told the story of London's bakers and their cakes, bread and puddings from 1666 to the twentieth century. Included were 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. This exhibition is now finished.
  10. Image showing St John at Hackney The Parish exhibition
    This exhibition finished in 2014: London is a city of many communities and faiths and this is reflected in the records we hold. Our large collection of archives from London Anglican parishes was the focus of this exhibition which attempted to show the richness and breadth of the material.
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