Here at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) the collections are vast and like so many other archives, can be of great use to so many different types of people.
Family historians can find vital and sometimes surprising information about their relatives; local historians can map changes in street names; those with an interest in fashion, media or military history, to list but a few, can all find records to get excited about.
Itâ€™s very true that the inhabitants and events of the past are never far from the noise, hustle and bustle of the present.
Academics and university students also find records of great importance for their studies and often make use of quite obscure collections.
In my short time at LMA, I have seen how a tiny detail nestled in a vast architectural plan or buried in pages of committee minutes can create great excitement for students.