Institute of Historical Research

London and Urban news and events

The London Journal Inaugural Lecture: London at War and Peace: Crisis and Reckoning, 1702-1951

8 November, 6 pm | Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU

Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the impact of war and its aftermath on London and the Londoner. Ranging widely over nearly three centuries of metropolitan history, White detects patterns of wartime repression and peacetime rebellion, of urban develpment stemmed then unleashed, of contradictory consequences for the London economy, of gains and losses for the metropolitan poor and of the terrors and limitations of a xenophobic metropolis. While all of London's wars were historically contingent, the experience and consequences of war and its legacy would repay special study by the captial's historians.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and the launch of the London Journal special issue 'London and the First World War' (vol. 41, issue 3, 2016 Open to all. Attendance is free, but please register in advance via Eventbrite.

New interactive website: Histories of Whitechapel

The Survey of London (University College London), has just launched a new webiste dedicated to Whitechapel at

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.

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:;

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