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

A free exhibition running until Wednesday 5 July 2017 at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

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 are 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 appear 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 brings them all together and presents them as a fascinating visual record of life in London.

Delve into The Londoners exhibition at LMA and come face to face with London's past.

A free outdoor exhibition at Guildhall Yard

From Saturday 29 April to Tuesday 23 May, in an extension of this exhibition, more of The Londoners can be seen at Guildhall Yard in the City of London. The display includes 50 new portraits not used in the original exhibition, many of which are on public display for the first time.

The exhibition continues at LMA until Wednesday 5 July.

Address: Guildhall Yard, Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2V.​

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