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London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. This site offers an insight into the archives, with practical advice on how to research and use them, both at LMA and online.

We run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on our news and events page. 

LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.


A Message from London Metropolitan Archives (LMA):

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that LMA will be closed to the public until further notice, and that consequently our normal event programme is not running. Please check the LMA pages on theCity of London Corporation’s website for further information and updates. Please contact if you have any specific enquiries.

While we’re closed you can continue to search our catalogue and browse our Digital Documents and Research Guides. You can also visit Collage – The London Picture Archive to enjoy our photograph, print and map collections. If you’d like to watch a selection of our films, please visit our YouTube channel

To stay in touch with us, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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