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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.

Admission FREE

Currently on display - until 16 May 2019

Shakespeare's Signature

A deed for a property in the City near Blackfriars, bought by William Shakespeare in 1613.  This is one of only six authenticated Shakespeare signatures in the world and this is a rare opportunity to see it.

Happy Birthday, Mr Bazalgette

2019 is the bicentenary of the birth of the engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalgette masterminded the modern sewage system for London that is still used today – “the most expensive and wonderful work of modern times”(The Observer, 1861) and a fantastic feat.  Bazalgette’s plans for the Deptford Pumping Station are on display.

Charter of Richard I

One of the City of London’s earliest charters, pre-dating the Magna Carta, an 1197 charter with the seal of Richard I. 

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

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).