Records of London's Livery Companies Online: Apprentices and Freemen 1400-1900 (ROLLCO)

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ROLLCO is a collaboration between four of London’s Livery Companies and the Centre of Metropolitan History/Institute of Historical Research which provides free access to the historic membership records of the Worshipful Companies of Clothworkers, Drapers, Goldsmiths and Mercers. The first phase of the online database contains the details of 60,000 apprenticeship bindings, 40,000 admissions to the freedom, and 270,000 named individuals from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. These records constitute a uniquely comprehensive resource for the history of the Livery Companies as well as for a range of historical questions about the social and economic role they played in London since their creation.

The ROLLCO database is designed to accommodate a variety of research interests, with search tools to serve researchers looking for information about specific individuals, and a rich suite of tools to allow for the querying of quantitative trends across the records of multiple Companies. The results of searches can be downloaded and saved, either in a print-ready format or as structured data for subsequent analysis.


Project details

Director: Professor Matthew Davies, M.A., D.Phil.  
Technical ConsultantMark Merry, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Funded by: The Clothworkers' Company; The Drapers' Company; The Goldsmiths' Company; The Mercers' Company