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Heritage Gallery


Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard
​London EC2V 5AE

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020 7332 3700
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Opening hours

​Monday to Saturday
10am - 5pm

12pm - 4pm

The City of London has a working record of its history stretching back nearly one thousand years, enjoy a rare opportunity to view treasures held in trust for the nation.

Amission FREE

Currently on display

Until 24 January 2019: Armistice

20th-century London is a time of peace, war and renewal. For the centenary of the Armistice in November, the display looks at the election of the Lord Mayor in November 1918 against a backdrop of fast moving events in Europe. The LCC Bomb Damage maps will also be on display alongside the 1943 County of London Plan, showing how Londoners were planning for a post-war future in the middle of the Blitz.

Short notice closures

The Gallery may need to close at short notice. For details, call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message or for more information

Future Exhibitions

​From 26 January to 16 May 2019

A rare chance to see the Shakespeare Deed, one of six documents in the world with the signature of William Shakespeare. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the Victorian engineer who designed London's sewage system, there will be a signed plan of the Deptford Pumping Station. One of the City of London's earliest charters, of Richard I of 1197, will complete the display.

The Magna Carta

Did you know the City Corporation owns one of the few copies of the Magna Carta in existence today?

Magna Carta

Kept in storage at Guildhall Library and periodically displayed at the Heritage Gallery, the document is widely regarded as one of the finest surviving 13th-century copies. Because of its delicate nature, it is not on permanent display.

Watch a short film about the story of Magna Carta in the City of London and Temple.

The documents on display belong to the collection of the London Metropolitan Archives whose holdings of records, documents, films, photographs and maps take up the equivalent of 100 km (62 miles).