Mapping London

How and why does an area change over time?

What to expect in the onsite workshop:

In this engaging onsite workshop students will explore a range of maps to explore the ways London has changed over time. These maps include an original bomb census map from the Second World War and the Hollar map produced after the Great Fire of London in 1666. This session develops student’s understanding of change and continuity. Pupils are also encouraged to consider why maps have been produced and how that effects the information they include.

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. Students will also get to see a stunning showcase of maps from our vast collection, including an early map of New York.

*Note- We can adapt documents to suit the location of your school in London.


This session supports schools focusing on a local history study.

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Available as: On site workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 2

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Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162