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 fill

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 fill

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Two members of the Public Services team are measuring a very long roll from the Court of Orphans collection CLA/002 for ...
18/08/2021

Two members of the Public Services team are measuring a very long roll from the Court of Orphans collection CLA/002 for a copy order. It is still a requirement for visitors to wear masks (unless exempt) in our public rooms.

Two members of the Public Services team are measuring a very long roll from the Court of Orphans collection CLA/002 for a copy order. It is still a requirement for visitors to wear masks (unless exempt) in our public rooms.

Do you think you can read old handwriting? Look at this manuscript (LMA ref. CLC/270/MS01363) and think again…Reading a ...
18/08/2021

Do you think you can read old handwriting? Look at this manuscript (LMA ref. CLC/270/MS01363) and think again…

Reading a manuscript presents a couple of challenges which can be resolved with a little practice, or so they say.

First, you need to decipher the individual characters of the text. Once you have managed to read every single letter you may realise that what you are reading doesn’t make sense. The reason is because there are loads of abbreviations.

These were used by the scribe to write faster and save space while writing; most of the time they take the form of contractions and marks or symbols substitute missing letters; sometimes symbols replace entire words. So, once you have identified the abbreviations you then need to find out what they mean. For that there is even a dedicated dictionary to help you out!

Once you have done that you still don’t understand the words. Why? The text is probably written in Latin! So take out your vocabulary and start to translate the sentence.

We wish you all the best!

#Codicology #Paleography #PreserveHistory
#LoveHistory #ExploreYourArchives #LMAConservation

Do you think you can read old handwriting? Look at this manuscript (LMA ref. CLC/270/MS01363) and think again…

Reading a manuscript presents a couple of challenges which can be resolved with a little practice, or so they say.

First, you need to decipher the individual characters of the text. Once you have managed to read every single letter you may realise that what you are reading doesn’t make sense. The reason is because there are loads of abbreviations.

These were used by the scribe to write faster and save space while writing; most of the time they take the form of contractions and marks or symbols substitute missing letters; sometimes symbols replace entire words. So, once you have identified the abbreviations you then need to find out what they mean. For that there is even a dedicated dictionary to help you out!

Once you have done that you still don’t understand the words. Why? The text is probably written in Latin! So take out your vocabulary and start to translate the sentence.

We wish you all the best!

#Codicology #Paleography #PreserveHistory
#LoveHistory #ExploreYourArchives #LMAConservation

Happy #TapeBoxTuesday! Here's one we came across recently that was clearly in need of some TLC and is currently baking i...
17/08/2021

Happy #TapeBoxTuesday! Here's one we came across recently that was clearly in need of some TLC and is currently baking in our oven. Anyone care to try deciphering some of those faded liner notes? We'll play it tomorrow and find out if you're right! #SaveOurSounds @BLSoundHeritage

It’s the last day of South Asian Heritage Month for this year and we are sharing this report outlining the war record of...
17/08/2021

It’s the last day of South Asian Heritage Month for this year and we are sharing this report outlining the war record of the Indian Comforts Fund, issued in 1946 (LCC/PC/CHA/04/084)

The Indian Comforts Fund was set up in 1939 as a voluntary organisation run by South Asian and British women to provide humanitarian relief to Indian soldiers and seamen.

Based at India House, Aldwych, the fund worked in close cooperation with the Indian Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Service to provide for the war needs of Indian troops, Indian prisoners of war held in Europe and also Indian seamen stranded for long periods of time in Britain due to disruption of sea routes.

During the course of the war, a staggering 3.3 million food parcels, medical packages and clothing parcels were provided by the fund.

The report is from the collection of the London County Council which registered the Fund under the War Charities Act in 1940, you can read it here, in our Collections Catalogue http://ow.ly/oOp350FGrAs

#SouthAsianHeritageMonth

It’s the last day of South Asian Heritage Month for this year and we are sharing this report outlining the war record of the Indian Comforts Fund, issued in 1946 (LCC/PC/CHA/04/084)

The Indian Comforts Fund was set up in 1939 as a voluntary organisation run by South Asian and British women to provide humanitarian relief to Indian soldiers and seamen.

Based at India House, Aldwych, the fund worked in close cooperation with the Indian Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Service to provide for the war needs of Indian troops, Indian prisoners of war held in Europe and also Indian seamen stranded for long periods of time in Britain due to disruption of sea routes.

During the course of the war, a staggering 3.3 million food parcels, medical packages and clothing parcels were provided by the fund.

The report is from the collection of the London County Council which registered the Fund under the War Charities Act in 1940, you can read it here, in our Collections Catalogue http://ow.ly/oOp350FGrAs

#SouthAsianHeritageMonth

16/08/2021

In this short #soundbite, speaker Gordon Merry talks about working as a London docker, during the 1950s. In particular, he details how he (and other dockers) got work each day and how much they might get paid.

#saveoursounds #oralhistory

What was your first job? Did you stay in the same area of work or have different jobs?#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Emplo...
14/08/2021

What was your first job? Did you stay in the same area of work or have different jobs?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Employment #Work #Office #1954 #Typing #1950s

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/c0X150FKmzD

What was your first job? Did you stay in the same area of work or have different jobs?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Employment #Work #Office #1954 #Typing #1950s

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/c0X150FKmzD

Did you go to college or university? What was it like moving away to a new area, or did you study near home?#HBAHRoots #...
13/08/2021

Did you go to college or university? What was it like moving away to a new area, or did you study near home?

#HBAHRoots #Study #University #Students #1912 #GoldsmithsCollege #Surveying #Lewisham

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/ggYn50FKn68

Did you go to college or university? What was it like moving away to a new area, or did you study near home?

#HBAHRoots #Study #University #Students #1912 #GoldsmithsCollege #Surveying #Lewisham

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/ggYn50FKn68

What different types of sound can you expect to find among the many collections here at London Metropolitan Archives, an...
12/08/2021
Sounds from Home: 3. Working with Sound Archives

What different types of sound can you expect to find among the many collections here at London Metropolitan Archives, and how can it support your research of London history?

Discover more here - https://youtu.be/My9eLsz5fVU

#saveoursounds #oralhistory

Welcome to the third video in our 'Sounds from Home' series, created by the Unlocking our Sound Heritage team at LMA. In this installment, we take you behind...

Are you still in touch with any of your school friends? Do you remember any of your teachers or funny things which happe...
12/08/2021

Are you still in touch with any of your school friends? Do you remember any of your teachers or funny things which happened in your lessons?

#HBAHRoots #Schools #Teachers #BackToSchool #1897

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/JRdK50FKmiI

Are you still in touch with any of your school friends? Do you remember any of your teachers or funny things which happened in your lessons?

#HBAHRoots #Schools #Teachers #BackToSchool #1897

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/JRdK50FKmiI

Where was your childhood home? Do you remember a house or flat well from your childhood?#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Hom...
10/08/2021

Where was your childhood home? Do you remember a house or flat well from your childhood?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Home #House #HomeSweetHome #HomeDecor #1970

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/Vxu250FKlzB

Where was your childhood home? Do you remember a house or flat well from your childhood?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #Home #House #HomeSweetHome #HomeDecor #1970

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/Vxu250FKlzB

To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month we are sharing this photo of the exterior of the Liberty Cinema, Southall in 197...
09/08/2021

To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month we are sharing this photo of the exterior of the Liberty Cinema, Southall in 1973 (SC/PHL/02/1011/73/11397).

Built as the Palace Cinema in 1929 and designed by architect George Coles, the cinema’s Chinese style made it unique in Britain and it was grade II listed by English Heritage in 1980. Its name changed to Liberty Cinema in 1972 and throughout 1970s the cinema exclusively screened the latest Bollywood films.

This photograph shows a poster for Raj Kapoor’s iconic film Bobby which was released in 1973. Starring his son, Rishi Kapoor opposite Dimple Kapadia, the film was hugely successful, becoming not only the second grossing film of the 1970s at the Indian box office but also one of the top 20 biggest box office hits of all time in the former Soviet Union. The Liberty closed in 1982 and was converted into an indoor market.

The image is from the Greater London Council photograph collection, an extensive archive of photos of London c.1890-1986. Our cinema photos are currently being catalogue and will be published to the London Picture Archive soon > http://ow.ly/L3Sw50FGru2

#SouthAsianHeritageMonth

To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month we are sharing this photo of the exterior of the Liberty Cinema, Southall in 1973 (SC/PHL/02/1011/73/11397).

Built as the Palace Cinema in 1929 and designed by architect George Coles, the cinema’s Chinese style made it unique in Britain and it was grade II listed by English Heritage in 1980. Its name changed to Liberty Cinema in 1972 and throughout 1970s the cinema exclusively screened the latest Bollywood films.

This photograph shows a poster for Raj Kapoor’s iconic film Bobby which was released in 1973. Starring his son, Rishi Kapoor opposite Dimple Kapadia, the film was hugely successful, becoming not only the second grossing film of the 1970s at the Indian box office but also one of the top 20 biggest box office hits of all time in the former Soviet Union. The Liberty closed in 1982 and was converted into an indoor market.

The image is from the Greater London Council photograph collection, an extensive archive of photos of London c.1890-1986. Our cinema photos are currently being catalogue and will be published to the London Picture Archive soon > http://ow.ly/L3Sw50FGru2

#SouthAsianHeritageMonth

Awarding the trophy for the Champion of Champions Amateur Sprint at the Herne Hill Velodrome in 1961.#ExploreArchives #C...
08/08/2021

Awarding the trophy for the Champion of Champions Amateur Sprint at the Herne Hill Velodrome in 1961.

#ExploreArchives #Cycling #HerneHill #1961 #Velodrome #Cyclist #Bikes #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/nLPV50FJxDh

Awarding the trophy for the Champion of Champions Amateur Sprint at the Herne Hill Velodrome in 1961.

#ExploreArchives #Cycling #HerneHill #1961 #Velodrome #Cyclist #Bikes #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/nLPV50FJxDh

A boxing class at Bethnal Green Men's Institute in 1939. #ExploreArchives #Boxing #Boxers #Olympics #Toyko2020You can se...
08/08/2021

A boxing class at Bethnal Green Men's Institute in 1939.

#ExploreArchives #Boxing #Boxers #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see our boxing gallery on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/Aaey50FJxcR

A boxing class at Bethnal Green Men's Institute in 1939.

#ExploreArchives #Boxing #Boxers #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see our boxing gallery on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/Aaey50FJxcR

Horse jumping at the Tunbridge Wells Agricultural Show in 1924.#ExploreArchives #HorseRiding #Equestrian #Horses #Tunbri...
07/08/2021

Horse jumping at the Tunbridge Wells Agricultural Show in 1924.

#ExploreArchives #HorseRiding #Equestrian #Horses #TunbridgeWells #HorseShows #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/wSek50FJwKA

Horse jumping at the Tunbridge Wells Agricultural Show in 1924.

#ExploreArchives #HorseRiding #Equestrian #Horses #TunbridgeWells #HorseShows #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/wSek50FJwKA

Opening ceremony of the German Gymnasium in 1865, the first purpose built gymnastics hall in England. It was built for t...
07/08/2021

Opening ceremony of the German Gymnasium in 1865, the first purpose built gymnastics hall in England. It was built for the German Gymnastics Society, and funded by London’s German community.

#ExploreArchives #Gymnastics #GermanGymnasium #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Camden #StPancras

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/Tc9s50FJvwf

Opening ceremony of the German Gymnasium in 1865, the first purpose built gymnastics hall in England. It was built for the German Gymnastics Society, and funded by London’s German community.

#ExploreArchives #Gymnastics #GermanGymnasium #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Camden #StPancras

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/Tc9s50FJvwf

The relay race team each run a set distance before passing a baton to the next runner. #ExploreArchives #TrackAndField #...
06/08/2021

The relay race team each run a set distance before passing a baton to the next runner.

#ExploreArchives #TrackAndField #Athletics #RelayRace #1923 #Olympics #Tokyo2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/KyYQ50FH1kP

The relay race team each run a set distance before passing a baton to the next runner.

#ExploreArchives #TrackAndField #Athletics #RelayRace #1923 #Olympics #Tokyo2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/KyYQ50FH1kP

Do you know where and when your grandparents were born? Do you remember going to visit or stay with them and what you en...
05/08/2021

Do you know where and when your grandparents were born? Do you remember going to visit or stay with them and what you enjoyed doing in that area?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #FamilyHistory #1964

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/AE8V50FKlTY

Do you know where and when your grandparents were born? Do you remember going to visit or stay with them and what you enjoyed doing in that area?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHRoots #FamilyHistory #1964

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/AE8V50FKlTY

Playing hockey in 1908 in a Grade II listed London County Council School, Myrdle Street Central School, now the Madani G...
05/08/2021

Playing hockey in 1908 in a Grade II listed London County Council School, Myrdle Street Central School, now the Madani Girls School.

#ExploreArchives #LCC #Hockey #GradeIIListed #Olympics #Tokyo2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/tNcz50FH0XB

Playing hockey in 1908 in a Grade II listed London County Council School, Myrdle Street Central School, now the Madani Girls School.

#ExploreArchives #LCC #Hockey #GradeIIListed #Olympics #Tokyo2020

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/tNcz50FH0XB

Opened as the Camberwell Public Baths in 1892, the building is Grade II listed, and was one of the first baths to have e...
04/08/2021

Opened as the Camberwell Public Baths in 1892, the building is Grade II listed, and was one of the first baths to have electric lighting from its own generator.
There were originally two 37 metre swimming pools, which closed in the winter and had floors laid over to allow the space to be used for indoor cricket and tennis, dances and other events. One pool has been boarded over and is now used as a sports hall, and the other pool has been converted into a 25 metre pool and a 10 metre pool used for teaching, with a balcony overlooking both pools. Now Camberwell Leisure Centre, the building has a gym and offers swimming and fitness lessons.

#Explorearchive #Swimming #SwimmingPools #BoroughOfSouthwark #Camberwell #CamberwellLeisureCentre #GradeIIListed #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/EzgT50FJwrM

Opened as the Camberwell Public Baths in 1892, the building is Grade II listed, and was one of the first baths to have electric lighting from its own generator.
There were originally two 37 metre swimming pools, which closed in the winter and had floors laid over to allow the space to be used for indoor cricket and tennis, dances and other events. One pool has been boarded over and is now used as a sports hall, and the other pool has been converted into a 25 metre pool and a 10 metre pool used for teaching, with a balcony overlooking both pools. Now Camberwell Leisure Centre, the building has a gym and offers swimming and fitness lessons.

#Explorearchive #Swimming #SwimmingPools #BoroughOfSouthwark #Camberwell #CamberwellLeisureCentre #GradeIIListed #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/EzgT50FJwrM

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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
I used AI technologies to restore/colorize the rare footage of London in 1918. It contains valuable footage of Winston Churchill. Enjoy it:
Hello - am I in the right place for the LMA Book Group?
Hi, it seems your free access data on Ancestry has crashed, can you please confirm?
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!