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.
General admission is FREE.
Located within Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2V 5AE
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).
7 January – 27 April 2017: A celebration of the 950th anniversary of the 1067 charter, the oldest item from the City of London Corporation's 100 km of archives.
The charter was given to the City by William the Conqueror soon after he was crowned at Westminster, but before he entered the City of London. It is key to how William won the support of London and how the City itself began to gain its special autonomy.
Written in Old English, the Charter is tiny, less than 16cm x 2cm in size with one of the earliest seal impressions of William I.
For more information see the William Charter page.
29 April – 10 August 2017 a display featuring the Great Parchment Book (Irish estates)
- Monday 10am - 5pm
- Tuesday 10am - 5pm
- Wednesday 10am - 5pm
- Thursday 10am - 5pm
- Friday 10am - 5pm
- Saturday 10am - 5pm
- Sunday - 12pm - 4pm
Closures are sometimes required at short notice due to civic or state functions at Guildhall.
Call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message or for more information.
The City history
Explore Our History
Unearth 2,000 years of history of the City of London
The City Corporation owns one of the last remaining copies of the Magna Carta