Visiting the London Metropolitan Archives

Having lived only 5 minutes away from the London Metropolitan Archives, I’m sad to say I had never actually visited before our trip last week, where staff and volunteers met and listened to a range of staff at the archive telling us about their work. The building, resources and dedicated team there were a total revelation. With everything from a mediatheque of archived oral histories, videos and images, a huge range of fascinating maps of London and many more exciting archival documents, it’s absolutely worth making the most of if you’re interested in tracing your family ancestry, history and heritage or even just learning a little bit more about this vast city.

Here’s everything you need to know to get you ready for a visit:

  • The Archives are open Monday – Thursday, plus some Saturdays
  • You can enter the Archives without signing up to anything to look at copies of documents in the Information Area, or to access online or microfiche/film resources.
  • You can sign up for a History Card online, giving you access to original documents
  • There are a number of very helpful staff in the archive who can assist you with questions and requests

For more information on the London Metropolitan Archives, visit their website here.