Institute of Historical Research

London and Urban news and events

Museum of London Archaeological archive tours

Take a tour of the world's largest archaeological archive this summer, nestled in the heart of East London at 46 Eagle Wharf Road N1 7ED, just 10 minutes' walk from Old Street station. 'Archaeological zoo'  (2 & 16 August, 11 am & 2 pm) - discover some of the wild and wonderful zoological items in store at the archaeological archive, from beastly bones and skulls to ceramics, metals and mammalian miscellanea. All tours are £7.50. For details of these and other archaeological events see website

Call for Papers: Urban History Group 2015 - 'Urban Knowledge'

(University of Wolverhampton, 26-27 March)

This conference seeks to engage with a number of questions concerning the relationship between the city and knowledge. How is knowledge in, and of, the city formed and expressed? How is this knowledge used to manage and inform urban change? What constitutes 'expert' knowledge? How is knowledge contested between and within interest groups? 

Proposals are invited for individual papers as well as for panel sessions of up to 3 papers. Sessions that seek to draw comparisons across one or more countries, or open up new vistas for original research, are particularly encouraged. Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to by 30 September 2014. Full details

The Historical Association lectures and events October 2014-June 2015

The Central London Branch of the Historical Assocation has organised a varied programme of lectures, walks and other events, starting on 4 October 2014 with the Presidential Lecture on 'Remembering the First World War: a century of commemoration, 1914-2014' and ending on 21 June 2015 with a two-hour walk taking in some of the sculptures in the Square Mile. See Programme. Some events require advance booking - see Booking Form.

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.