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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.

Getting here

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).

On display

From 8 September: 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.

Future Exhibitions


Opening hours

  • 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
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    Explore our history
    Explore Our History

    Unearth 2,000 years of history of the City of London

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    magna carta
    Magna Carta

    The City Corporation owns one of the last remaining copies of the Magna Carta

  • Magna Carta
    Close up Magna Carta

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

    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.