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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

16 December 2017 – 26 April 2018

Discover historic letters sent between the City of London and the USA during the American War of Independence. Going against the British Government, the City championed and supported the colonists. Read correspondence from leading Americans including John Hancock and Isaac Roosevelt.

Freedom and self-determination can also be seen in archives documenting some of the work and activities of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson; the first woman to qualify as a surgeon and physician in Britain and to serve as a magistrate and a mayor, and also the founder of a medical school, and an elected member of the School Board for London. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson died in December 1917, she did not live long enough to see the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1918 which led to the (partial) enfranchisement of women.

With the approaching centenary of the Royal Air Force, uncover more on Cy Grant’s career in the RAF, notably when he was a pilot in the Second World War.

Future Exhibitions

  • 30 April - 6 September 2018: Magna Carta

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

    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.