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Archives for London Seminar Series. Rolling bridges, kinetic cauldrons and spinning chairs: capturing the creative design process at Heatherwick Studio

Thursday 5 May 2016, 6 pm - 7.30 pm | London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Alice O'Hanlon leads the collection and care of the studio's design legacy of Thomas Heatherwick at the Heatherwick Studio Archives. Established in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking and employs a team of over 190 architects, desginers and makers. Using physical examples from the archive, Alice will talk about the challenges and opportunities presented by working as an archivist in a live design studio. This work includes caring for a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, overseeing the development of a digital preservation strategy, and assisting with the selection of archival objects for loan to external galleries and exhibitions.

Advance booking essential. Book through Eventbrite http://tinyurl.com/AfLevents or by contacting Jeff Gerhardt 020 7332 3879. Free to AfL members. Non-members £6. See www.archivesforlondon.org for details of all seminars, visits and joining AfL.

Survey of London & IHR Walking Tour - Clerkenwell

Thursday 16 June 2016, 14:00-16:00 

The Survey of London, in collaboration with the IHR will lead this two-hour walking tour of the built environment and urban history of the Clerkenwell area. Further details and tickets (£3.30) via Eventbrite

Transport Historians?

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: mail@eastlondonhistory.org.uk; 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