London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives Located in Clerkenwell, we hold over 100 km of shelving filled with documents, prints and maps on London. LMA is provided by the City of London Corporation as part its contribution to heritage and the cultural life of London and the nation.
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From the mediaeval parchments of the Magna Carta, via the Agas map of Tudor London, through to the Victorian engravings of the Great Exhibition, London Metropolitan Archives unites centuries of London life and offers a unique insight into its people, topography and historical events. Located in Clerkenwell, and supported by the City of London, this vast repository holds over 80 km of shelving filled with documents, prints and maps. Created over years of metropolitan activity, these collections are both an invaluable and proven source of information to anyone interested in London, and the Home Counties. We’re on Facebook to support access to these collections and hope to shine new light on the life and times of an old, but much loved city. We will also preview new events and exhibitions to be held at LMA over the coming months, all we hope you will join us for. Let us know what you think, what you might like to see posted and if you have any stories about London (past or present) – feel free to share these too!

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Back of the net! Our new outdoor exhibition Football – A Capital Game is now open in Guildhall Yard.It’s free to view an...
01/06/2021

Back of the net! Our new outdoor exhibition Football – A Capital Game is now open in Guildhall Yard.

It’s free to view and open during daylight hours. The final day in Guildhall Yard is 15 June, but the exhibition moves east and reopens in Aldgate Square on 16 June, closing on 15 July.

Find out more > http://ow.ly/m9PM50EUOYg

#Euro2020 #Football #FootballHistory #FootballACapitalGame #ExploreYourArchive

The edges of this book look very different. While one is nice and clean, the other one is grey and dusty. That is becaus...
01/06/2021

The edges of this book look very different. While one is nice and clean, the other one is grey and dusty. That is because volumes are usually stored next to each other upright on the shelves, and the dust mainly settles on the top edge. The front and the bottom edges are far less affected by dust accumulation.

Over time the dust, if not removed regularly, can ingrain in the paper substrate. It is then very difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Surface cleaning is a crucial operation to carry out. Dust can be a good substrate for mould growth, it can attract pests and be abrasive to paper. Also, it can be dangerous for readers causing allergic reactions and breathing problems.

#ExploreYourArchives #Dust #ConservationCleaning #CollectionCare #LMAConservation

The edges of this book look very different. While one is nice and clean, the other one is grey and dusty. That is because volumes are usually stored next to each other upright on the shelves, and the dust mainly settles on the top edge. The front and the bottom edges are far less affected by dust accumulation.

Over time the dust, if not removed regularly, can ingrain in the paper substrate. It is then very difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Surface cleaning is a crucial operation to carry out. Dust can be a good substrate for mould growth, it can attract pests and be abrasive to paper. Also, it can be dangerous for readers causing allergic reactions and breathing problems.

#ExploreYourArchives #Dust #ConservationCleaning #CollectionCare #LMAConservation

Glazing is an important consideration when mounting and framing items for display and exhibition loans. There is a choic...
30/05/2021

Glazing is an important consideration when mounting and framing items for display and exhibition loans. There is a choice to be made between glass and acrylic, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

The use of glass in the 19th century replaced earlier methods of protecting framed items, such as varnish, and the arrival of acrylic in the 1930s provided an alternative. The two materials offer different properties regarding factors relevant to conservation framing, such as weight, rigidity, permeability, strength and electro-static charge.

Other factors such as reflection, UV light pe*******on, reaction to fire and transportation are just as important.

There are a number of types of glass and acrylic available for framing, and adaptations can be made to increase safety, reduce glare and UV light transmission.

#PaperConservation #ConservationMaterials #Glazing #ConservationForAccess #CollectionCare #LMAConservation

When Saturday comes…it’s usually time to think about football! Although the domestic season is nearly over, EURO 2020 is...
29/05/2021

When Saturday comes…it’s usually time to think about football! Although the domestic season is nearly over, EURO 2020 is coming to London and we’re getting ready to open our new outdoor exhibition 'Football – A Capital Game', on Tuesday 1 June in Guildhall Yard.

The exhibition is free and open during daylight hours. The final day in Guildhall Yard is 15 June, but the exhibition moves east and reopens in Aldgate Square on 16 June, closing on 15 July.

Our image shows the ‘North’ team of the British Ladies Football Club, photographed in 1895 for their first match, played at Nightingale Lane, Hornsey.

Find out more > http://ow.ly/j8V250EUNXP

#Euro2020 #Football #FootballHistory #FootballACapitalGame #ExploreYourArchive #Hornsey #WomensFootball

When Saturday comes…it’s usually time to think about football! Although the domestic season is nearly over, EURO 2020 is coming to London and we’re getting ready to open our new outdoor exhibition 'Football – A Capital Game', on Tuesday 1 June in Guildhall Yard.

The exhibition is free and open during daylight hours. The final day in Guildhall Yard is 15 June, but the exhibition moves east and reopens in Aldgate Square on 16 June, closing on 15 July.

Our image shows the ‘North’ team of the British Ladies Football Club, photographed in 1895 for their first match, played at Nightingale Lane, Hornsey.

Find out more > http://ow.ly/j8V250EUNXP

#Euro2020 #Football #FootballHistory #FootballACapitalGame #ExploreYourArchive #Hornsey #WomensFootball

29/05/2021
Seeing London Series: Trooping of the Colour

Here is another chance to see 'Seeing London: Trooping the Colour' (1929) from our Saturday Matinee film series on YouTube. If you would like to watch this fascinating silent film please click on the link:

Seeing London: Trooping the Colour, 1929
http://ow.ly/qEaN30rshTw

#Film #Films #Cinema #Silent #London #Archives #ExploreArchives

Gentlemen in a penny reading room showing the Victorian style of long coat, waistcoat, trousers and top hat.You can see ...
28/05/2021

Gentlemen in a penny reading room showing the Victorian style of long coat, waistcoat, trousers and top hat.

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive > http://ow.ly/sjgR50EH4ar

#FashionFriday #ExploreArchives #VictorianFashion #Clothes #LondonPictureArchive #Victorian

Gentlemen in a penny reading room showing the Victorian style of long coat, waistcoat, trousers and top hat.

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive > http://ow.ly/sjgR50EH4ar

#FashionFriday #ExploreArchives #VictorianFashion #Clothes #LondonPictureArchive #Victorian

These volumes seem in a sorry state!The spine cover is missing leaving the textblock and the sewing exposed. As you can ...
28/05/2021

These volumes seem in a sorry state!

The spine cover is missing leaving the textblock and the sewing exposed. As you can see from the picture, the sewing supports, ie the strings of cord running across the textblock spine, are broken, detaching and in some case missing. This damage is related to a combination of factors: in addition to the missing spine cover, the lack of spine lining and probably the extensive use and inappropriate storage over the centuries contributed to the breakage of the sewing. This result in the separation of the sections, which are not linked together any more and are now at risk of loss.

These volumes would require extensive treatment that would take hours of conservation work to be completed. Bearing in mind the extent of our collections, we prioritise conservation treatments according to the requests by users, the condition and the value of our items.

#LMAConservation #BehindTheScenes #BookStructure #Access

These volumes seem in a sorry state!

The spine cover is missing leaving the textblock and the sewing exposed. As you can see from the picture, the sewing supports, ie the strings of cord running across the textblock spine, are broken, detaching and in some case missing. This damage is related to a combination of factors: in addition to the missing spine cover, the lack of spine lining and probably the extensive use and inappropriate storage over the centuries contributed to the breakage of the sewing. This result in the separation of the sections, which are not linked together any more and are now at risk of loss.

These volumes would require extensive treatment that would take hours of conservation work to be completed. Bearing in mind the extent of our collections, we prioritise conservation treatments according to the requests by users, the condition and the value of our items.

#LMAConservation #BehindTheScenes #BookStructure #Access

LGBTQ+ History Club: June 2021  https://mailchi.mp/cityoflondon.gov.uk/lgbtq-history-club-june-2021  Join us online on W...
27/05/2021

LGBTQ+ History Club: June 2021 https://mailchi.mp/cityoflondon.gov.uk/lgbtq-history-club-june-2021 Join us online on Wednesday 2 June from 6pm as we explore the latest addition to the London Metropolitan Archives Oral History collections…Haringey Vanguard.

LGBTQ+ History Club: June 2021 https://mailchi.mp/cityoflondon.gov.uk/lgbtq-history-club-june-2021 Join us online on Wednesday 2 June from 6pm as we explore the latest addition to the London Metropolitan Archives Oral History collections…Haringey Vanguard.

On Weds 2 June, LGBTQ+ History Club explores a new addition to our collections…Haringey Vanguard is a BME LGBTQ+ History...
26/05/2021

On Weds 2 June, LGBTQ+ History Club explores a new addition to our collections…

Haringey Vanguard is a BME LGBTQ+ History project focused on the history and contributions of Haringey-based community activists in the 1970s–1990s.

Find out more and book your place > http://ow.ly/lcl750EUWZX

#LGBTQ+ #HaringeyVanguard

On Weds 2 June, LGBTQ+ History Club explores a new addition to our collections…

Haringey Vanguard is a BME LGBTQ+ History project focused on the history and contributions of Haringey-based community activists in the 1970s–1990s.

Find out more and book your place > http://ow.ly/lcl750EUWZX

#LGBTQ+ #HaringeyVanguard

Radical Voices - the final event of this series delving into the sound archives of Jessica and Eric Huntley takes place ...
26/05/2021
Talkin meh Talk: My words set me free

Radical Voices - the final event of this series delving into the sound archives of Jessica and Eric Huntley takes place this evening

Find out more and book your tickets > http://ow.ly/gan450EUPFz

#RadicalVoices21 #BlackHistory #ExploreYourArchive #UOSH #SaveOurSounds

Online event in the series Radical Voices: Delving into the sound archives of Guyanese-born activists and publishers Jessica & Eric Huntley.

Dear reader,If you ever want to see this volume we strongly recommend you to join the gym first as this one is large and...
26/05/2021

Dear reader,

If you ever want to see this volume we strongly recommend you to join the gym first as this one is large and extremely heavy. We are not able to provide the weight for it but it takes two people to remove it from the shelf to the trolley and then take it to the reading room.

Good Luck!

#ExploreYourArchives #ArchiveConservation #Access #ArchiveOddities #LMAConservation

EURO 2020 arrives in London this summer and we’re getting ready to open our new outdoor exhibition 'Football – A Capital...
26/05/2021

EURO 2020 arrives in London this summer and we’re getting ready to open our new outdoor exhibition 'Football – A Capital Game', on 1 June in Guildhall Yard.

The photos, maps and prints on display will celebrate nearly 1000 years of football in London, from the “…bursting of shinnes…” in the early game to the formation of the Football Association in 1863 and the sport we follow today.

This is one of our earliest images of the game, a kickabout on the ice during a frost fair on the frozen Thames c1684.

Find out more > http://ow.ly/Tptd50EUNOx

#Euro2020 #Football #FootballHistory #FootballACapitalGame #ExploreYourArchive

EURO 2020 arrives in London this summer and we’re getting ready to open our new outdoor exhibition 'Football – A Capital Game', on 1 June in Guildhall Yard.

The photos, maps and prints on display will celebrate nearly 1000 years of football in London, from the “…bursting of shinnes…” in the early game to the formation of the Football Association in 1863 and the sport we follow today.

This is one of our earliest images of the game, a kickabout on the ice during a frost fair on the frozen Thames c1684.

Find out more > http://ow.ly/Tptd50EUNOx

#Euro2020 #Football #FootballHistory #FootballACapitalGame #ExploreYourArchive

Radical Voices - the final event of this series delving into the sound archives of Jessica and Eric Huntley is tomorrow ...
25/05/2021
Talkin meh Talk: My words set me free

Radical Voices - the final event of this series delving into the sound archives of Jessica and Eric Huntley is tomorrow evening

Find out more and book your tickets > http://ow.ly/gan450EUPFz

#RadicalVoices21 #BlackHistory #ExploreYourArchive #UOSH #SaveOurSounds

Online event in the series Radical Voices: Delving into the sound archives of Guyanese-born activists and publishers Jessica & Eric Huntley.

The perils of pressure sensitive tape continued…This large scale map, from our Epping Forest archive, was worked on in t...
24/05/2021

The perils of pressure sensitive tape continued…

This large scale map, from our Epping Forest archive, was worked on in the conservation studio a number of years ago, but is a good reminder of the disastrous effects pressure sensitive tape can have on items. The entire verso (back) had been lined with a large sheet of adhesive coated plastic and the fold lines covered with Sellotape on the recto (front).

We can see the plastic/adhesive on the verso has caused some overall discolouration but not nearly as bad as that caused by the Sellotape, suggesting it hasn’t reached the same stage of oxidation and so was perhaps applied at a later date. Maybe the Sellotape was added first to support the fold lines, but when this failed the owners decided to take a more drastic approach!

It’s lucky the item came to the studio when it did; the severely discoloured fold lines where the Sellotape is are extremely brittle due to oxidation, so it is likely that the rest of the paper would have eventually ended up in the same state if the plastic on the verso had been left in place.

The plastic carrier of the Sellotape was actually very easy to remove as the adhesive was so degraded, the plastic on the back however required exposing small areas to the solvent acetone and peeling it off in sections. Once all the remaining adhesive had been removed, the entire map was lined with a fine Japanese tissue adhered with wheat starch paste and any losses infilled.

#ConservationMaterials #Repairs #TapeIsEvil #ArchiveConservation #HistoricRepairs #LMAConservation

When conservators repair torn documents, they reinforce the damaged area with a piece of fine tissue, adhered to the pap...
22/05/2021

When conservators repair torn documents, they reinforce the damaged area with a piece of fine tissue, adhered to the paper with a pure wheat starch paste. This paste must not be too thick, because this makes the paper stiff, but nor should it be too watery, as this can cause tideline staining around the repair.

A good way to get the best of both worlds is to use a dilute paste, but to brush it onto the repair tissue on a wooden block before applying the tissue to the paper. The wood absorbs the excess moisture, ensuring the tissue can be applied safely.

The wood for this block is from the Ginkgo tree, and has been specially prepared to remove resins and other impurities so it can be used in conservation.

#InsideTheStudio #ConservationTools #WhatsThatTool #ExploreYourArchives #ArchiveConservation #ConservationMaterials #Repairs #LMAConservation

When conservators repair torn documents, they reinforce the damaged area with a piece of fine tissue, adhered to the paper with a pure wheat starch paste. This paste must not be too thick, because this makes the paper stiff, but nor should it be too watery, as this can cause tideline staining around the repair.

A good way to get the best of both worlds is to use a dilute paste, but to brush it onto the repair tissue on a wooden block before applying the tissue to the paper. The wood absorbs the excess moisture, ensuring the tissue can be applied safely.

The wood for this block is from the Ginkgo tree, and has been specially prepared to remove resins and other impurities so it can be used in conservation.

#InsideTheStudio #ConservationTools #WhatsThatTool #ExploreYourArchives #ArchiveConservation #ConservationMaterials #Repairs #LMAConservation

This street seller is in Georgian day clothes with breeches buttoned at the knee, buckled shoes and a long plain coat.Yo...
21/05/2021

This street seller is in Georgian day clothes with breeches buttoned at the knee, buckled shoes and a long plain coat.

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive > http://ow.ly/YE5h50EH3NZ

#FashionFriday #ExploreArchives #GeorgianFashion #Clothes #LondonPictureArchive #Georgian

This street seller is in Georgian day clothes with breeches buttoned at the knee, buckled shoes and a long plain coat.

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive > http://ow.ly/YE5h50EH3NZ

#FashionFriday #ExploreArchives #GeorgianFashion #Clothes #LondonPictureArchive #Georgian

The Mollie Hunte archive provides an extraordinarily detailed account of the assessment and treatment of Black African C...
20/05/2021

The Mollie Hunte archive provides an extraordinarily detailed account of the assessment and treatment of Black African Caribbean children in London as well as wider developments in educational psychology and supplementary education

In 2018, the Wellcome Trust, through its Research Resources in Medical History scheme, awarded LMA a grant, for a project entitled Magical Mollie: cataloguing and celebrating the achievements of Mollie Angelia Hunte (1932-2015)

Find out more about the project on the LMA website > http://ow.ly/LvK750ERuje

The Mollie Hunte archive provides an extraordinarily detailed account of the assessment and treatment of Black African Caribbean children in London as well as wider developments in educational psychology and supplementary education

In 2018, the Wellcome Trust, through its Research Resources in Medical History scheme, awarded LMA a grant, for a project entitled Magical Mollie: cataloguing and celebrating the achievements of Mollie Angelia Hunte (1932-2015)

Find out more about the project on the LMA website > http://ow.ly/LvK750ERuje

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I was wondering what information the following record is likely to contain? My 8th grt grandad George Hopkins vintner - the collection is the Court of Orphans 1678-1693 CLA/002/02/01/1453
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I've really enjoyed seeing your posts of old maps. Do you know anything about the history of map making? One of my ancestor's sons, Henry Vandenbergh Quick, was a map contourer in 1841 and a map and print colourer in 1851. He lived in Bethnal Green. I haven't been able to find out anything about this occupation online. I know maps were coloured by hand, but what was a map contourer? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
J'habite en France et je recherche des renseignements sur un ancêtre David Spitzel né le 12 Septembre 1901 a l’hôpital des pauvres Saint Georges ((In the East Hospital ))..Je voudrais savoir si dans vos archives vous avez des renseignements du pays d'origine de sa mère Spitzel Lena ou Leah et tous autres renseignements sur David ou sa mère pour continuer ma généalogie ..David est revenu en France car il s'est marié en 1924 avec une française et a eu des enfants aussi en France ..Mais je trouve rien sur sa mère..J’espère vous pourrez m'aider a continuer dans mes recherches ..Je vous remercie sincèrement
Hi, do you have the City of London Police records still? If so, are they viewable by the public? And if they are... how would one go about doing so? Thanks!
I would love to patronize the Archives by ordering copies of documents of my ancestors, but I can't seem to get anyone to respond to any of my emails. I am well aware this is NOT the place to get answers, but at this point any type of communications would be awesome. What a terrible way to conduct business!!!