The historical map collections at London Metropolitan Archives show the development of the city in incredible detail, from the late sixteenth century to the present day. Beginning with the first attempts to chart the streets of the City of London, they provide a unique view of London’s story and many of the events that shaped the city we know today.
The exhibition, Magnificent Maps of London, brings together some of the best-known records of the capital. Following an extensive programme of conservation treatment, Civitas Londinium, the first surviving map of the city, will go on display at London Metropolitan Archives for the first time. Printed in 1633, the map, also known as the Agas map, depicts the city of London in the 1560s.
This very rare opportunity to see one of only three known copies of the map will transport visitors to the streets (and fields) of Tudor London. The exhibition will also include work by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, John Rocque, John Ogilby and William Morgan, Richard Horwood, and Christopher and John Greenwood.