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Heritage Gallery


Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard
​London EC2V 5AE

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​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 8 August 2019

Hooke’s Diary

Robert Hooke was the City of London’s Surveyor after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and he worked with Sir Christopher Wren to rebuild the City. Hooke’s Diary is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the UK Register as an item of documentary evidence of outstanding significance,  in this display his diary records him viewing the site at Moorfields for the new Bethlem Hospital.

Happy Birthday, Sir Horace!

2019 is the bicentenary of the birth of the City of London Architect, Sir Horace Jones. Sir Horace worked on several City markets, the memorial at Temple Bar and even part of Guildhall, but here we this display celebrates his most fantastic feat – Tower Bridge.

The Town Clerk of the City of London

The Liber Albus (“White Book”) of the City of London’s laws, customs and privileges was compiled by John Carpenter, Town Clerk in the fifteenth century. Passed down through the centuries to the current Town Clerk, John Barradell, it is on display here.

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).