Introduction

Welcome to the new London Metropolitan Archives online catalogue. We’ve added a lot of new functionality including more browsing options, traditional ‘printed catalogue list’ and hierarchical tree views, a full history of your document requests and filters for your search results. This is the first beta release of the catalogue and we will continue to develop and improve it. We value your feedback so please contact us if you have any comments you’d like to share with us or things you’d like to see added to the catalogue in the future.

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the archive repository for the Greater London area. The documents and books we care for and provide access to date from 1067 to the present day and our collections are constantly expanding. At the moment, there are enough documents to fill around 105 km worth of shelving! LMA is provided by the City of London Corporation and it is free to use the archives and the majority of resources in our public research rooms in Clerkenwell, London.

These pages provide access to our catalogue; over 3 million descriptions of the archives which we store in the strong rooms which you can use to identify the documents which you want to see when you visit us. To be able to use documents at LMA, you will need to register for a History Card. Once you have a History Card, you can also reserve documents in advance. Information on how to visit us and use original documents is available on our website.

In addition to the catalogue of descriptions, you can also see digital copies of many of our most popular documents online. The Family History (link this to Family History page) page provides a link to our collections on Ancestry.co.uk – 11.5 million images of documents including parish registers and City of London Freedom records.

Many of our finest photographs, prints, maps and films are also available to use online. See the Images and Film page for further information.

For the latest information on London Metropolitan Archives please visit our full website.