As a member of the Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee I visited the London Metropolitan Archives in December. The archives are managed by the City of London Corporation and are an amazing resource for the whole of London. From scrolls to documentary content the archives chart the lives of Londoners, our authorities’ decisions, our loves and how our City has been planned.
The Archives have a small exhibition space which featured a great love at the end of 2016, cake! From February – July 2017 they will feature the faces of Londoners in an exhibition entitled ‘The Londoners: portrait of a working City‘.
2017 also marks the 950th anniversary of the oldest item in the archives – the William Charter. It was given by King William I to the City in 1067 and sets out the Kings intention to greet the citizens of London in a ‘friendly fashion’ and the laws and customs of the City will be respected. Do take the chance to see this unique piece of our City’s heritage at the Guildhall Art Gallery whilst you can! It’s on display until 27 April 2017.
Picture of the William Charter on the menu for the Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee Dinner, 31 January 2017.