Day School in London History, Summer 2017

Course date(s): 
20 Jul 2017
Course tutor(s): 
Dr Simon Trafford
Fee: 
£75

Description

The London History Day School is presented in association with the Centre for Metropolitan History (CMH) and will feature tutors from the principal archives and research units concerned with London. We shall cover the incredibly rich and abundant history of London and its surrounding area, exploring both its identity as a capital city but also the special qualities of its many constituent towns, villages and suburbs. Participants will have ample opportunities to discuss their own work with each other and with the experts; the aim is to provide a showcase for London local history and a forum for the exchange of ideas, views and approaches.

The day school is open to all those keen to expand or update their skills in local history research. The full fee is £75. A concessionary fee of £60 is also available.

Programme

We are delighted to announce that Dr Duncan Hay, of the Survey of London, will be the keynote speaker; his talk is entitled 'Survey of London Whitechapel: Writing East London's Histories Online'.

The provisional programme for the day is as follows:

  • 09.00 Introduction
  • 09.30 Nathalie Cohen (Museum of London Archaeology): 'The Fishful Thames: evidence for fishing on London’s river from the Anglo-Saxon to the Victorian period'
  • 10.20 Eliott Wragg (Museum of London Archaeology): 'London Shipbuilding from Sail to Steam'
  • 11.15 Coffee
  • 11.45 Dr Peter Jones (IHR): ‘"The Key of the Street": Uncovering the Unauthorized Histories of Urban Locality'
  • 12.45 Lunch
  • 14.00 Dr Tony Keen (Open University): 'Mythological iconography in London's architectural fabric'
  • 15.00 Matt Bristow (Victoria County History): London pubs (Title TBC)
  • 16.00 Tea
  • 16.30 Keynote Lecture: Dr Duncan Hay (Survey of London): 'Survey of London Whitechapel: Writing East London's Histories Online'.
  • 17.30 Finish

 

Abstracts

 

Matt Bristow (Victoria County History): London pubs

Abstract to follow

Nathalie Cohen (Museum of London Archaeology): 'The Fishful Thames: evidence for fishing on London’s river from the Anglo-Saxon to the Victorian period'

This paper will explore the archaeological evidence recorded on the inter-tidal foreshore by the Thames Discovery Programme and the Foreshore Recording and Observation Group for fishing activity in the Thames, from Anglo- Saxon structures to Victorian baskets.  The talk will also discuss artefacts associated with fishing and documentary research on the lives of fisherman, as part of a project undertaken by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Dr Duncan Hay (Survey of London): 'Survey of London Whitechapel: Writing East London's Histories Online'

Abstract to follow

Dr Peter Jones (IHR): ‘"The Key of the Street": Uncovering the Unauthorized Histories of Urban Locality'

How can historical researchers develop methods of archival enquiry which capture the untidy and transitory life of London’s streets? Histories of street-level interaction can be elided or entirely overlooked in the institutional, municipal or documentary record. By referring to exemplary cases from my own research into urban street markets, this talk will describe a multifocal approach to archival investigation which explores strategies for reading between the lines of monolithic historical narratives. The idiosyncratic complexities of street life are often revealed through sources which appear to play no part in the production of ‘official’ knowledge about place and locality – a petition tucked into the minutes of the local vestry, a street trader’s barrow donated by a Lord, or a ‘topographical plan’ sketched by a zealous missionary.

Dr Tony Keen (Open University): 'Mythological iconography in London's architectural fabric'

Abstract to follow

Eliott Wragg (MOLA): 'London Shipbuilding from Sail to Steam'

Abstract to follow