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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.

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Agas' map of London from 1572 reveals how people lived in the past and how places have changed.
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In 1811 Beuraws was a sailor, the son of an African man. Listen to his story.
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Many people from London's communities campaigned for reform. John Cleave was one.
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Pictures tell stories about everyday life. Look here to see weavers working in a garrett.
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