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Study Day - The Malleable Spectacle: London on Film

Saturday 4 July 2015, 11.00-16.00 | NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

Tickets are still available for the UCL Urban Laboratory/BFI study day charting the history of London's built environment on film. Speakers include: Simon McCallum on 'London's housing problems: reflections from the archive 1930s-1980s'; Richard Martin, 'The image of gentrification'; Ben Campkin, 'Regeneration and "sink spectable"'; Ian Christie, 'East side- west side: an introduction to London's filmic geography'. Through richly illustrated presentation, in-depth discussion and screenings, the study day examines how moving image reflects and moulds attidudes towards London's built environment, from the 1890s to the present day. £10.65/£8.35. Booking information

Full-time research post: Survey of London

The Survey of London is looking to recruit a Research Assistant or Associate to contribute to the production of the Survey of London series of volumes, through research, writing and editing.

The Survey explores the architecture and history of London area by area in great depth and with meticulous scholarship, using the widest possible range of sources. Since 2013 the Survey has been attached to the Bartlett School of Architecture and its staff contribute to its teaching and other play their part in the aims, research and life of the school. Closing date 3 August 2015. Details

Conference: London and the Nation

Friday, 10 July 2015 | Room MAL B36 Birkbeck, University of London

The Raphael Samuel History Centre and London Studies Network are delighted to announce ‘London and the Nation’, a conference exploring the many dimensions of London’s complex and ever-evolving relationship to the rest of the United Kingdom. The cultural, demographic, socioeconomic, geographical, and political connections between the metropolis and the nation have appalled, excited, perplexed, and fascinated commentators for centuries and have played a decisive role in shaping British history. This conference seeks to illuminate the nature of these connections and the organizers are particularly interested in continuities and ruptures in the way that the relationship between London and the nation has been perceived and portrayed over time. 

Professor Jerry White (Birkbeck) will provide the introduction and there will be panel sessions on 'Cultural tensions between London and the Nation in the 18th and 19th centuries'; 'London's challenged institutions in a national context'; 'Postwar economic change in London and the Nation'; and 'Literary and visual representations of London and the Nation'. Sally Alexander (Goldsmiths), David Feldman (Birkbeck) and David Glover (Southampton) will provide concluding remarks. For the full programme, see The conference is free but advance booking is essential - register via eventbrite.

Panel Discussions: London and the Nation

Saturday 11 July 2015 | The British Library

Partnering the London and the Nation conference (10 July) is this day of panel discussions on the relationship between London and the rest of the UK with speakers including Owen Jones, Zoe Williams, Danny Dorling, Tony Travers, Joe Anderson and Irna Qureshi. To register, see

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.

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. The final event in this programme will be a walk on 21 June exploring 'London City Sculptures'. 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