Institute of Historical Research

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Archives for London seminar series. John Donne: Poet, Cleric, and Londoner

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

The Revd Canon Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, will discuss items from the Cathedral's collections (poems, sermons, engravings and monuments) in relation to the life of John Donne, metaphysical poet and cleric, as well as using Donne's sermons to provide an insight into his religious beliefs. Advance booking is essential. Please book through Eventbrite. Free to AfL members, non-members £5. See AfL website for details.

Tower Hamlets: Land and Lives Exhibition Launch

Thursday 12 March, 6.00-7.30 pm |Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ

The 'Land and Lives' pop-up exhibiton explores the history of the Bromley-by-Bow area, from the medieval period up until the 20th century, using title deeds and other material from our heritage collections. Archivists Mark Ballard and Malcolm Barr-Hamilton will present highlights from the title deeds that have been the subject of the Land and Lives project, and explain how this unique collection can be used for family and local history research. Free. No booking required. Website

CFP: London and the Nation (10 July 2015)

A conference sponsored by the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the London Studies Network, hosted by Birkbeck, University of London

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. See the full CFP

Please send a 250-word abstract, along with a proposed paper title to by 20 March 2015. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. 

The conference will be followed by a public event at the British Library on 11 July 2015, bringing together politicians, journalists, activists and academics to discuss the relationship btween London and the UK as it stands today.

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