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Archives for London Conference 2014: 1914-18: 'The Endlessly Significant Tale'

7 and 21 May 2014 2.15-6.00 pm | King's College London, Maughan Library, Weston Room, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

AfL's two half-day conferences examine how the First World War changed lives. 7 May will look at impact on daily life with speakers including Dr Andrea Tanner on retail and trade, Robert Jeffries on the police, Simon Carter on St Paul's Cathedral and the place of religion, and Robert Curphey on sport. 21 May will explore the long term impact on the professions with speakers Dr Roemary Wall on nursing, and Anne Locker on networks of women engineers and scientists. The conference complements the exhibition 'The Most Stupendous Struggle' featuring items from KCL's collections. For booking and further information see:

Book: The King's Cross Fraudster: Leopold Redpath, his life and times

This latest Camden History Society publication, by David A Hayes and Marian Kamlish, explores the life of Leopold Redpath, one of the greatest embezzlers of the 19th century, from his poverty -stricken childhood through his years of glory posing as a wealthy, affable philanthropist and art collector, to his arrest, conviction and transportation to Australia and life as a good-conduct ticket-of-leave man. A wealth of detail gives glimpses of the daily occupations, dress, furnishing and recreations of the well-to-do and the less well off in 1850s London. 188pp, 59 ill. Camden History Society 2013 £9.99 plus p&p via

New publications on London Housing

Cat's Meat Square: Housing and Public Health in South St Pancras 1810-1910, Stephen W Job  (Camden History Society, 2012), £6.50. Buy from Camden History Society

The Development of Building Estates in Battersea 1780-1914, Keith Bailey (Wandsworth Historical Society, Wandsworth Paper 24, 2012), £6.00. Contact:

Book: Whitechapel, 1600-1800: A social history of an early-modern London inner suburb (Derek Morris)

This new book by Derek Morris, published by the East London History Society, features the rich and the poor, the churches and chapels, criminals, merchants, the nurseries, the sugar refiners, brewers, the hay market, the militia and the London Hospital of this east London suburb in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. £12.60 (plus p&p). Further details and order form on the East London History Society website.

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

Wandsworth Historical Society: Wandsworth Historian Digital Archive (1971-2011)

The Wandsworth Historical Society has digitised the entire 40-year run of its popular journal, Wandsworth Historian and made it available in the form of a searchable DVD. The Wandsworth Historian Digital Archive 1971-2011 is available at £5.00 plus £1.50 postage from WHS, 119 Heythorp Street, London SW18 5BT. Cheques payable to 'Wandsworth Historical Society'. Further details.