Monday 29 February 2016

London Metropolitan Archives beginners sessions

From London Metropolitan Archives (

Training sessions for new visitors to LMA:

We run a variety of learning sessions for new visitors, or anyone who wants a refresher on how to get the most out of your research at London Metropolitan Archives. You can check our events listings on eventbrite to see which sessions are coming up:

Getting Started: Come along and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities.

Using the Catalogue: There are 3.5 million record descriptions in our catalogue! Let us help you find your way around with advice and guidance for exploring our collections online.

Handling Documents: This practical session aims to help you handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don’ts that apply in the Archive Study Area.

Family History Starter Session - Using our Digital Resources: Starting your family history? Come along to this workshop and learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.

Deciphering Old Handwriting: This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA’s collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing. We run sessions for beginners and intermediate level.

For events dates, times and booking details for these sessions and all our other events, please see the LMA events feed on the Eventbrite website (


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