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London Metropolitan Archives

Discover the history of London through ancient documents and modern films.


London Metropolitan Archives are home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. On London History Day see the 22-metre hand drawn copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, produced around 1816 in connection with the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Hand drawn copy of the Bayeux Tapestry
See a hand drawn copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and take part in a family day © City of London Corporation


Visit the LMA for a family focused day packed with activities and discovery.

Take over the archives!

A fun filled activity day for children and their grown ups.

Come along and join in with lots of different and exciting activities which tell the story of London. LMA is 950 years old this year as our oldest document dates from 1067. Celebrate with us on this fun filled day. Activities will repeat morning and afternoon.

Morning session: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Lunchtime session: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Afternoon session: 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Drop-in or book on Eventbrite.

Exhibition visit

The Londoners: Portrait of a Working City

From 15th century drawings to recent colour photographs; this exhibition presents some of the hundreds of thousands of faces from the archive and reveals the history of our capital city.

Art, craft and photographs

  • Create your own famous face mash-up
    Delve into LMA’s expansive portrait collection to create and collage your own historic face with a twist!
  • Experimental portraits
    Create experimental drawings of historical Londoners. 
  • The Victorian selfie
    Dress up and create a silhouette portrait of yourself! 
  • Time travellers
    Get into the right outfit, find yourself in a Victorian scene using our green screen and take your picture.
  • Put yourself on the map
    Create your own map which tells your very own London story.

Meet the Normans

Our costumed storytellers will introduce London life 950 years ago. You'll be able to:

  • Write with a quill and ink
  • Make a seal
  • Become part of the Bayeux Tapestry

Archive adventures!

Come along and meet the LMA team. They'll introduce you to some of LMA’s longest, smallest, heaviest and strangest documents. There'll also be demonstrations of conservation techniques, including making repairs and stitching books.

Film fun

LMA holds a lot of films which tell the story of London and Londoners. Films will be running throughout the day in our Mediatheque space

Behind the scenes

During the lunch break there'll be short tours behind the scenes. Glimpse the secret world of the archive.


London Metropolitan Archives (LMA)
40 Northampton Road

Open 10am  - 4.30pm

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Graphic silhouette of Big Ben represented in green red and blue. Text reads: London History Day
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