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Archives for London seminar: Saved from a skip and selected in a Swizz chateau: the curious journeys of archive collections at the Charles Dickens Museum

1 March 2018, 18:00-19:30 | London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

The Charles Dickens Museum is the world's most comprehensive repository of Dickens-related material. Curator Louisa Price will give a background to its holdings and share highlights of the archive collections, ranging from Dickens's legal papers and family letters to the centenary events of 2012. The chrive holdings comprise many individual collections amassed by Dickensian researchers and collectors - many of whom knew each other and the Museum. Louisa will use the second half of her talk to examine the collections' trajectories, explaining how they came to be in the Museum, the impact of their journeys on what is and isn't held and on what is known about the material.

Advance booking is essential. Please book through Eventbrite or by telephoning 020 7443 3879. Free for AfL members, non-members £6.

London Metropolitan Archives: News and Events

London Metropolitan Archives is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit. LMA also has programme of events throughout the year - exhibitions, talks, walks, tours and workshops. Details of these events and news from the archives can be found at:

Call for Papers: Society for Court Studies/Victorian Society 'Courts & Capitals 1815-1914 (V)'

10 November 2018 | Art Workers' Guild, Queen Square, London WC1

The Society for Court Studies will be hosting the fifth one-day conference in its 'Courts & Capitals 1815-1914' series on 10 November 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild, Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT. Among the cities to be covered at this conference will be Stuttgart, Istanbul, Helsinki and Rio de Janeiro. Proposals for papers on other cities not yet included in the series, such as Belgrade, Florence, Naples, Turin and Cetinje, are invited. Please email any proposals to Dr David Gelber ( and Dr Philip Mansel (

New interactive website: Histories of Whitechapel

The Survey of London (University College London), has just launched a new website dedicated to Whitechapel at

A map is used to plot information about every building in Whitechapel in 2016, including photographs, stories and research, film clips and audio recordings added by historians, local people and others with an interest in the area. Anyone with information, research, images, or memories of Whitechapel is encouraged to contribute to the site.

Transport Historians?

Interested in joining a discussion group of transport historians working in universities and museums from different fields (social, economic, business, political history etc.) in London (or within travelling distance) to share ideas, contacts and information? Please email David Turner (University of York)

The Foundling Hospital

Are you carrying out research on the Foundling Hospital? If so, you might be interested in joining the Foundling Hospital Research Forum. The forum is open to all those studying the Foundling Hospital archives in depth. Further details.

David Allin's book, The Early Years of the Foundling Hospital 1739/41-1773 is now available in pdf format here

Historic Hospital Admissions Records Project (HHARP)

This project provides online access to nearly 120,000 individual admission records between 1852 and 1914 for three London children's hospitals: Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Evelina Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, as well as the recently added Royal Glasgow Children's Hospital. Website