An important port on a major
river, the City has built itself up on trade and enterprise
over many centuries. The archives of the City of London contain thousands of records which tell the story
of the City community, its government and its people.
These include a charter from 1067, granted by William
I that promised to honour the laws and rights of the
City. Documents from the Middle Ages reveal the lives
of apprentices, such as Katherine Nougle who was a silk
throwster or spinner in 1392. It is also possible to
find out about Dick Whittington who was Lord Mayor four
times in 1397, 1406 and 1419. The City and its people
faced change over the centuries, reflected in the stories
of orphan boys who were sent out to Virginia to begin
a new life in 1684. Later still, sailors who had served
on ships around the world are shown to be asking for
help from the City. All the stories and plays in this
section are inspired by or based on records held in the archives of the City of London - real people with
their own histories and experiences.
Above is Elma's study. Click on different parts and start to explore the lives of those in the City community.