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​The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City, c1447 to 1980

This exhibition has now finished. You can find out more about it here.

Come Face to Face with London's Past

From politicians to servants, nurses to rat catchers, London has long been a magnet for those looking for work. Winners, losers, the famous and the forgotten, images of countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital.

The photographs, prints and drawings on display in this exhibition were from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives, which preserves millions of historical images of London from the fifteenth century to the present day. Portraits of the great and good appeared alongside many who are simply unknown, recorded only because of the work that they did and the service they gave to the city and their fellow Londoners. From a fifteenth century Alderman to a twentieth century trapeze artist, this display brought them all together and presented them as a fascinating visual record of life in London.

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