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The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City 1447 - 1980

The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City 1447 - 1980

  • 29 April - 23 May
  • Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE
  • Free

From politicians to servants, nurses to rat catchers, London has long been a magnet for those looking for work. Winners, losers, the famous and the forgotten, images of countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital.

The photographs, prints and drawings on display in this exhibition are from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives, which preserves millions of historical images of London from the fifteenth century to the present day. Portraits of the great and good appear alongside many who are simply unknown, recorded only because of the work that they did and the service they gave to the city and their fellow Londoners. From a fifteenth century Alderman to a twentieth century trapeze artist, this display brings them all together and presents them as a fascinating visual record of life in London.

From Saturday 29 April to Sunday 23 May, The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City 1447 - 1980, comes to Guildhall Yard in an extension of this exhibition. The display includes 50 new portraits not used in the original exhibition, many of which are on public display for the first time.

24 March 2017
Last Modified:
13 April 2017