Come Face to Face with London's Past.
The Londoners - Portraits of a Working City, c1447 to 1980 is a free exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives, 6 Feb to 5 July 2017. The images in this gallery provide a small preview of the photographs, drawings and prints on display.
From Lord Mayors to waitresses, London has long been a magnet for those looking for work. Some jobs appear strangely familiar, little changed across more than five centuries, while others are a mystery today. Winners, losers, the famous or the forgotten, countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital. From fifteenth century drawings to colour photographs, this exhibition brings them all together and presents them as the history of our capital city.