Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 40 Northampton Road, , London EC1R 0HB

Contact: 020 7332 3851

Website: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma

Description

‘Where the capital’s past comes to life…’

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority archive in Britain. The collections cover the whole of Greater London and the City, spanning nearly a thousand years of history. London’s extraordinary past and the lives of Londoners are represented here through millions of documents and thousands of maps, prints, drawings, plans, photographs and films.

A visit to LMA is an exciting and enriching experience. The free learning programme for schools covers many areas of the National Curriculum, particularly History, Literacy, Humanities, Citizenship and Art. It also gives young people the chance to find out more about archives and the important work they do in preserving everyone’s history and making it accessible to future generations.

LMA received a Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education in 2009.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

‘Where the capital’s past comes to life…’

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority archive in Britain. The collections cover the whole of Greater London and the City, spanning nearly a thousand years of history. London’s extraordinary past and the lives of Londoners are represented here through millions of documents and thousands of maps, prints, drawings, plans, photographs and films.

A visit to LMA is an exciting and enriching experience. The free learning programme for schools covers many areas of the National Curriculum, particularly History, Literacy, Humanities, Citizenship and Art. It also gives young people the chance to find out more about archives and the important work they do in preserving everyone’s history and making it accessible to future generations.

We introduce students to archives and their role and relevance in society. The immediacy of working with archives offers a unique way of bringing the past to life –come along and be convinced by our hands-on sessions. Literacy, history and science can all be enhanced by the resources at the LMA .

Our schools programme is now available to download at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lmaschools

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

LMA welcomes visits from students of all ages from KS1 to postgraduate level. Development team will help you plan your session in a way which meets your group’s needs. All groups get an introduction to what happens in the Archive and the importance of the service provided. This, combined with access to original documents, enables students to explore different subjects in a unique way. 

The archives at LMA mesh perfectly with many parts of the KS2 to KS5 curricula. We understand the pressure on teachers and we want to make a visit to LMA as useful as possible. We tailor our class sessions based on discussion with teachers about what you want, to assist your teaching in the most effective way. Contact us for a friendly chat. If there’s a topic you want us to look at, call and find out if we are able to.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

LMA received a Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education in 2009 and in 2014.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Activities at LMA are run by Development team after discussion with teachers. The activities range across all key stages and cover History, Local History, English, Art, Citizenship, STEM.

Sessions normally last around two hours and include a tour of the archive, work with original documents and practical activities.

What group sizes do you cater for?

LMA can accommodate groups of up to 30 children. Please contact us with any special requests.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Worksheets are provided as part of the sessions activities and examples can be sent in advance. Materials are developed by our Development team, all of whom are qualified teachers.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Photographs, audio and video recordings can be made but only in the teaching room, not in the public areas. Images of documents are subject to copyright rules and should be used only for educational purposes. LMA can discuss this further when organizing a visit.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessment documents are sent to teachers in advance of their visit. We welcome pre-visits if teaching staff need to undertake their own assessment.

Does your venue have an education officer?

To discuss your ideas or to book a visit, please contact the Development team.

What is the cost of the visit?

Visits are free to schools. However there is a £50 cancellation fee if a session is cancelled within ten working days of the event.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

First aiders are on site.

Please list facilities available.

Lunch can be eaten on site by prior arrangement.

What are your disabled facilities?

LMA is fully accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?

LMA is open all year round during school terms.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

If you are a school and haven't visited us in the last three years, you can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund for a grant up to £300 to help with costs for visiting LMA.

For more information please visit the City of London School Visits Fund website.

We have established partnerships with a number of schools to develop our education programmes. Being an LMA partner school means that we will work with you to develop a bespoke session, often with the benefit of take-away resources at preferential rates. We will also turn to partner schools in the first instance when we secure funding for added-value activities such as costumed interpretation. In return we ask that the partner school engages in a dialogue about what we are doing, and this helps us improve our services to them and to other schools. If you are interested in becoming a partner school, please let us know

 


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English History Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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