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Archives for London seminar series: Celebrating 800 years - Magna Carta and London: ancient liberties and free customs

Thursday 5 February 2015, 6 pm-8.30 pm| London Metropolitan Archives (Huntley Room), 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Director of LMA, Geoff Pick, will be discussing the origins of Magna Carta in 1215, the part Loondon played in its creation and its enduring legacy over the last 800 years. Advance booking is essential. Please contact e: t: 020 7332 3879. Free to AfL members, non-members £5 payable on the door.

The City of London Corporation owns one of the few copies of the Magna Carta in existence today. It is currently on display in the new City of London Heritage Gallery.

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. See Programme. Some events require advance booking - Booking Form.

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