Historic England: London History Day
Wednesday 31 May
Historic England's first ever London History Day. Forty of the London's museums and galleries will stage special events and rare displays for one day only. From the treasures of the Thames to the document which granted London its rights and freedoms, family workshops to walking tours and talks, enjoy delving into London's diverse history. Details
Archives for London seminar: The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain and Australia 1780-1925
Thursday 1 June 2017, 6-7.30 pm | London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB
Between the 1780s and the 1860s British criminal justice used two major punishments for its felons: transportation to Australia and imprisonment in Britain. Wich was more effective in reforming convicts? Focusing on 90,000 felons convicted at the Old Bailey, the Digital Panopticon project has linked together more than fifty datasets to make it possible trace convict journeys through the judicial system and ascertain the impact of punishments on their future lives.
Professor Bob Shoemaker, Department of History, University of Sheffield, co-director of the project, will present the initial results of this research, discussing both the general patterns which have emerged and some of the more colourful lives traced so far.
Advance booking is essential. Please book through Eventbrite: http://tinyurl.com/AfLevents or by contacting Louise Harrison 020 7332 3879. Free to AfL members, non-members £6.
Literary London Conference on 'Fantastic London: Dream, Speculation and Nightmare
13-14 July 2017 | Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
Booking will open shortly for this conference which will focus on periods and genres of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city's roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, there will also be interdisciplinary contributions relating to film, architecture, visual arts, topography and theories of urban space. See: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/event/8238
Call for Papers: Society for Court Studies/Victorian Society 'Courts & Capitals 1815-1914 (V)'
10 November 2018 | Art Workers' Guild, Queen Square, London WC1
The Society for Court Studies will be hosting the fifth one-day conference in its 'Courts & Capitals 1815-1914' series on 10 November 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild, Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT. Among the cities to be covered at this conference will be Stuttgart, Istanbul, Helsinki and Rio de Janeiro. Proposals for papers on other cities not yet included in the series, such as Belgrade, Florence, Naples, Turin and Cetinje, are invited. Please email any proposals to Dr David Gelber (email@example.com) and Dr Philip Mansel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New interactive website: Histories of Whitechapel
The Survey of London (University College London), has just launched a new webiste dedicated to Whitechapel at https://surveyoflondon.org/.
A map is used to plot information about every building in Whitechapel in 2016, including photographs, stories and research, film clips and audio recordings added by historians, local people and others with an interest in the area. Anyone with information, research, images, or memories of Whitechapel is encouraged to contribute to the site.
Interested in joining a discussion group of transport historians working in universities and museums from different fields (social, economic, business, political history etc.) in London (or within travelling distance) to share ideas, contacts and information? Please email David Turner (University of York)
The Foundling Hospital
Are you carrying out research on the Foundling Hospital? If so, you might be interested in joining the Foundling Hospital Research Forum. The forum is open to all those studying the Foundling Hospital archives in depth. Further details.
David Allin's book, The Early Years of the Foundling Hospital 1739/41-1773 is now available in pdf format here
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: email@example.com; www.eastlondonhistory.org.uk).
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