Friday, 31 August 2012

London Metropolitan Archives news

I've just received the latest quarterly newsletter of the London Metropolitan Archives (, with a few stories of note:

The new LMS catalogue will be launched soon - see for an overview on how it will work.

LMA is now open three nights a week - on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7.30pm. Also the following Saturdays - 8 SEP, 13 OCT, 8 DEC (none in November)

The index to the Sun Insurance Office fire policy registers, available on the National Archives’ ‘Access to Archives’ database, will soon be added to LMA's own online catalogue.

The temporary limited access service to the Hammersmith and Fulham Archives Centre has now been handed over to Westminster City Archives, as of June 1st 2012.

LMA is currently engaged in a major conservation, digital reconstruction and online publication project on the Great Parchment Book which records the results of a survey of the estates of the Irish Society and City livery companies in Ulster in 1639. Further details are at a dedicated blog on the project at

Some fascinating insights into Africans in early modern London can be read at

Caroline De Stefani describes the conservation of the Bowen Collection of photographs of Second World War bomb damage in the City of London - see

The Archives of Eagle Star Insurance have recently been added to LMA’s electronic catalogue, whilst cataloguing of the records of Wallace Brothers and Company (Holdings) Limited, East India merchants, and E D Sassoon Banking Company Limited, has been completed.

Records from Christchurch in Spitalfields, intended to serve the prosperous community of Huguenot silk weavers who had settled in the area in the early 18th century, have been added to the catalogue under P93/CTC1 - there's a description of the collection at

(With thanks to the LMA)


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