This page is intended to provide quick links to a range of internet sites of use to those interested in, or studying, London, urban or metropolitan history.

London related

Archives and Libraries

London Borough Archives and Local Studies Libraries

Home Counties Archives and Local Studies Libraries


London Borough Museums

Local History Societies

Urban and Metropolitan related

Research Centres


External Resources

Image libraries

  • Collage - image database containing over 20,000 maps, prints and drawings from the City of London's collections
  • Bethnal Green Photo Archive - collection of old photographs of the Bethnal Green area

Online projects

  • The Church of England in London Online Resource Guide - developed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Building on History: The Church in London project involving historians from the Open University and King's College London and representatives of the Anglican Diocese of London and Lambeth Palace Library, this guide is a free toolkit for those who want to find out more about the history of the Church of England in London and the wider role of religion in the communities of the metropolis since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
  • Exploring 20th Century London  - explore thousands of online objects drawn from 14 London museums, oral histories, and information about every decade and corner of Greater London
  • Foundling Hospital Research Resources - a collection of resources to aid research into the Foundling Hospital, including links to image collection, 'Foundling Voices' featuring experiences of former foundlings through audio and film, and online exhibition 'Threads of Feeling', and a history by D.S. Allin of the early years of the hospital.
  • Historic Hospital Admissions Records Project (HHARP) - This project provides online access to nearly 120,000 individual admission records between 1852 and 1914 for three London children's hospitals: Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Evelina Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, as well as the recently added Royal Glasgow Children's Hospital.
  • Locating London's Past - Funded by JISC, and the result of collaboration between the IHR and the Universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire, Locating London’s Past is a new website that lets users delve deep into the capital’s past, revolutionising our understanding of London’s history. The website is the first to enable users to map interactively information from a vast array of sources.
  • London Lives 1690-1800 - crime, poverty and social policy in the metropolis  - London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects
  • The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913  - A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court