Institute of Historical Research

London and Urban news and events

Archives for London conference: Chimes of Freedom. Life and liberty in London, from Magna Carta to today

Friday 25 September 2015, 1.30 pm-5.00 pm | Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB and Friday 2 October, 1.30-5.00 pm | Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of magna Carta, Archives for London will explore the challenges to and the protection of freedom and liberty in London since Magna Carta guaranteed the Capital's 'ancient liberty and customs' in 1215. On 25 September Speakers include Caterina Loriggio and David Prior on Parliament in the making, oral historian Clare Summerskill on recording voices of LGBTQ Londoners, and Paul Dudman and Dr Rumana Hashem on refugee narratives in archives. The City's 1297 Magna Carta will be on display. On 2 October, speakers include Professor Justin Fisher on Magna Carta's relevance today, Simon Carter on St Paul's Cathedral and civil rights, and Professor Michael Macmillan on what art and heritage tells us about Black British cultural identities.

Advance booking essential. Book online through Eventbrite or see AfL website for more information and booking form. £8 for one conference/£10 for both conferences for AfL Members; £10/£10 Non-members.

Call for Papers: Urban History Group 2016 - Re-evaluating the Place of the City in History

31 March 2016-1 April 2016 | Robinson College, University of Cambridge

As the devolution of powers to cities gains political momentum in the UK it brings into sharper focus the roles of towns and cities in previous times and cultures.

Since 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first conference devoted to urban history, it provides the Urban History Group Annual Conference an opportunity to: a) clariy the general scope and methods of urban history, and b) to examine the potential for comparative research. The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as for panel sessions of up to 3 papers. The deadline for proposals is 2 October 2015. Bursaries are also available PhD students. See the full Call for Papers for further details.

Free Exhibition: Museum of London - Zeppelin Offensive

Until 20 September 2015 | Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Among the Museum of London's current exhibitions is 'Zeppelin Offensive', marking the 100th anniversary of the first Zeppelin raids on London during the First World War. The exhibition reflects on London's first experience of aerial bombardment and its impact on its streets and people. More information. For information on the museum's talks, tours, and exhibitions, see the Events Calendar.

Free Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs

Until 29 October 2015 | London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB

The collections at London Metropolitan Archives contain an extraordinary range of photographs from Queen Victoria’s reign, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail. Whether in carefully posed studio portraits or images of people gathered in the street, it seems that almost everyone wanted to be recorded on camera. This exhibition delves into these collections to present some of most striking images of London and Londoners from the era, from the first known photograph of the capital to the opening of Blackwall Tunnel, taking in the Crystal Palace, the first Tube line and life on the city’s streets. See visitor information for opening times.

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 on LMA's events pages.

New Publication: London's Sailortown, 1600-1800: A Social History of Shadwell and Ratcliff, an early-modern London riverside suburb

by Derek Morris and Ken Cozens

Published December 2014 by The East London History Society; ISBN 978-0-9564779-2-7

The first book to describe this unique area of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London. Features the rich and the poor, the churches and chapels, the East India Company, Hudson's Bay Company, brewers, coopers, mariners, sailmakers, ship builders, ship chandlers. It also includes extensive indexes to names, places and subjects. Available at £12.60 (plus p&p UK £3.50; Europe £8.35; USA £13.15; Australia £13.90) per copy from Philip Mernick, East London History Society, 42 Campbell Road, London E3 4DT (e:;

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