Conferences are planned on themes associated with the Centre's research projects.

Upcoming Conferences

Call for Papers: Restoration London (22-23 September 2010; Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research)
In collaboration with the Centre for Hearth Tax Research (Roehampton) and Birkbeck, University of London, the Centre is organising a conference to reassess life and living in Restoration London, to be held at the IHR on 22-23 September 2010. Proposals for papers on any aspect of life in later Stuart London are welcomed, but particularly encouraged are those on 'London and its hinterlands', 'crime', 'employment', 'European and wider comparisons', 'health', 'housing and the built environment', 'hearths in domestic and work contexts', and 'religious observance'. Abstracts of 400 words should be sent to John Price or Andrew Wareham. Deadline: 31 May 2010. For further information see:

Cities and Nationalisms - to be held 17-18 June 2010 (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR)
This conference will explore the nature and rich variety of connections between nationalisms and cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Cities explored include Alexandria, Belfast, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Cape Town, Cork, Cracow, Hong Kong, Kinshasa, Kirkuk, London, Montreal, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Washington. Speakers include: Robert Bickers (Bristol), Iain Black (Cambridge), Bill Freund (Kwa-Zulu Natal), Tim Harper (Cambridge), Prashant Kidambi (Leicester), Paul-André Linteau (Québec). The provisional programme and registration form are now available at: Registration deadline: 4 June 2010.

Recent Conferences

CMH Conference: London, the Thames and Water: New Historical Perspectives - 16 October 2009, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
A one-day conference at which historians, archaeologists and geographers presented the results of recent and ongoing research into the inter-twined histories of London and its river, the archaeology of the Thames foreshore and milling, and the role of water in metropolitan history as both a resource and a flood hazard. Programme (pdf). A collection of working papers is in preparation.

Women in the Later Medieval Economy (and related social issues) - 17 September 2009, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
This one-day workshop explored the position of women in the later medieval economy, including 'London women and the Mercers' Company', 'Marcher women and the economy', 'Women, property and work in Wales', and 'Control of late-medieval queens consort over their resources'. Speakers: Caroline Barron (London), Mavis Mate (Oregon), Jeremy Goldberg (York), Llinos Smith (Aberystwyth), Anne Sutton (Historian Emeritus to the Mercers' Company), Victoria Raffan (KCL), Emma Cavell (Oxford), Amanda Richardson (Chichester), and Matthew Stevens (CMH, London). Programme

Cities: the 78th Anglo-American Conference of Historians - 2-3 July 2009, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
For 10,000 years cities have shaped the affairs of mankind. Now, more than half of the world's population is urban, dwelling in settlements that we identify as 'city' or 'town', some of them so extensive and so complex that they seem to transcend traditional notions of urban organisation and form. The conference explored cities throughout the world, aspects of city life, form, ideology and culture. To find out more about the Anglo-American conference 2009, please visit the conference website.

CMH@20. Metropolitan History: Past, Present Future - 30-31 October 2008, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB
Organised by the Centre for Metropolitan History to celebrate its 20th anniversary and to mark the retirement of Derek Keene from his post as Leverhulme Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History. The conference brought together scholars from the UK, continental Europe and North America, many of whom have worked closely with Derek and the Centre over the years. It also presented new research arising from recent projects hosted by the CMH. The conference is sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust. Programme (pdf format, 114 KB)

Tall Buildings in the London Landscape - 12 October 2007, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Organised by the CMH, Michael Hebbert (University of Manchester) and Elizabeth McKellar (Open University), this cross-disciplinary symposium brought together new research on towers of every type, their promoters and uses, the symbolism and associations of high-rise architecture, its cumulative presence in the metropolitan landscape, and the issues posed by new tall building for historic skylines and landmarks. Programme (pdf format) and Abstracts (pdf format). The papers will be published in a forthcoming special issue of The London Journal.

London in Text and History, 1400-1700 - 13-15 September 2007, Jesus College, Oxford. Organised by Ian Archer (Oxford), Matthew Davies (CMH), Ian Gadd (Bath Spa), Tracey Hill (Bath Spa), and Paulina Kewes (Oxford), this interdisciplinary conference focused on the variety of metropolitan identities, and how these were constructed, represented, and contested by contemporaries through a variety of media, including text, visual culture, maps, architecture and performance. Programme (pdf format).

Teaching London - 3-4 November 2006 at the Institute of Historical Research (3 November) and the University of Westminster (4 November). A two-day conference organised by the University of Westminster and the Centre for Metropolitan History in association with The London Journal and Literary London: Interdisciplinary Representations of London. Programme (pdf format) (opens in new window, 35 KB);

Metropolis and State in Early Modern Europe (c.1400-1800) - an international conference organised by the University of Amsterdam and the Centre for Metropolitan History. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) - held at the Institute of Historical Research, 27-28 March 2006

Beyond Shakespeare's Globe: People, Place and Plays in the Middlesex Suburbs 1400-1700 - a conference organised by Dr Eva Griffith, the London Metropolitan Archives and the Centre for Metropolitan History, with 'Jigs, ballads and drolls' by the Lions part theatre company in association with Passamezzo - held at London Metropolitan Archives, Saturday 15 October 2005

Metropolitan Catastrophes: Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations in the Era of Total War - a two-day conference held at the Institute of Historical Research, 12-13 July 2004

Guilds: London...England...Europe - a two-day conference held at the School of Advanced Study (University of London), Senate House, London WC1, 31 October-1 November 2003.

London Politics, 1789-1914 - a conference held at the Institute of Historical Research, Saturday 28 June 2003.

Remaking Londoners: Models of a Healthy Society in the Nation's Capital, 1918-1939 - an inter-diciplinary workshop held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, Wednesday 13 November 2002.

Governing London: Lessons from 1000 years held 11 April 2000 in collaboration with the Corporation of London and the Museum of London. Papers published in The London Journal, Vol. 26 No. 1 (2001)

Revisiting the Livery Companies of Early Modern London held 13 April 2000. Papers published in Guilds, Society and Economy in London 1450-1800, eds. I.A. Gadd and P. Wallis

Exploring the Metropolis: New Ideas in London History - A conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Metropolitan History. Held 15 October 1998. Papers published in CMH Annual Report 1997-8