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Archives for London seminar series. Science in the City: the archival life of Robert Hooke

Thursday 7 May 2015, 6 pm | London Metropolitan Archives - Huntley Room, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Robert Hooke was arguably the UK's first paid research scientist. From 1660 onward he lived and worked in the heart of the City, becoming intimately acquainted with the people, buildings and institutions that shaped the world of Restoration London. Using a range of archival evidence, we can begin to construct Hooke's life and see how he moved between scientific and mercantile communities, gathering and disseminating infromation as he did so. Speaker Felicity Henderson is Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at the University of Exeter. She is currently working on a new edition of Robert Hooke's diary.

Advance booking essential, please book via Eventbrite: This seminar is free to all AfL members, non-members £6. Refreshments provided. See AfL website for details of all seminars and visits.


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