London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives

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The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) are the main archives for the Greater London area. Established in 1997, having previously been known as the Greater London Record Office, they are financed by the City of London Corporation.

Based at 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London, they are close to the Society of Genealogists. The archives attract over 30,000 visitors a year and deal with a similar number of written enquiries. The LMA's extensive holdings amount to over 72 km of records of local, regional and national importance. With the earliest record dating from 1067, the archive charts the development of the capital into a modern day major world city.

History of the archive

The growth and expansion of London from walled city to today's sprawling metropolis, has meant that the boundaries of the area termed ‘London’ have had to be changed and rearranged at various points throughout history. In the same way the historical records that accompany Greater London have, over time, been cared for by different archives which have since merged and developed to form what we have today; London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). To understand the different collections currently held at the LMA you need to know a little about the history of the archives itself.

LMA in its current form, is in essence an amalgamation of four separate bodies. The first three of these groups are The London County Record Office, The London County Council Members Library and The Middlesex County...
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