Issue No. 1 March 2003








Welcome to the first issue of the Centre for Metropolitan History’s periodic electronic newsletter. Our intention is to keep you informed about the latest news from the Centre for Metropolitan History, other research centres and local history societies, record offices and libraries which may be of interest. So as not to fill your email inbox, each item of news is brief but links are provided to sources where fuller information is available.


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·         The Centre's AHRB-funded project ‘London’s Past Online’ is now available on the internet at: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/lpol. The database contains some 30,000 records, supplemented by additional London records from the Royal Historical Society Bibliography, and will be updated periodically to include newly published titles and other material collected from specialist libraries in London and beyond. Discussions are under way with the Museum of London and the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography regarding an experimental import of selected archaeological records.


·         A conference on ‘London Politics, 1789-1914’ will be held at the Institute of Historical Research on Saturday 28 June 2003. The Call for Papers is now at: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/londpol.html. Programme and booking details will be available at the same URL shortly.


·         Following the very successful conference held in April 2000 on ‘Livery Companies in Early Modern London’, a two-day conference entitled ‘Guilds: London…England…Europe’ will be take place on 31 October-1 November 2003 at Senate House, London. The Call for Papers (closing date 31 March) is at: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/guilds2.html


·         The collection of papers given at the April 2000 conference, Guilds, Society & Economy in London 1450-1800 (eds. I Gadd and P. Wallis), is proving very popular. Details at http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/cmhpubs.html#livery


·         The second Leverhulme Lecture on Comparative Metropolitan History will be given by Professor Kenneth Jackson of Columbia University on ‘Empire City: the impact of history and September 11 on the present circumstances and future prospects of New York’ on 29 May 2003 at 5.30 pm in the Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All welcome.





·         Birkbeck, University of London, Faculty of Continuing Education is organising a History Summer School on ‘Crime and Punishment in London’ from 9 June to 13 June 2003. Cost will be £160 for the week, or £40 per day.


·         The Faculty also runs a number of diploma/certificate courses, short courses, seminars and weekend events on various aspects of London history, history in general and geneaology. These are detailed at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/fce2002/history/idxhistory.html


·         The Centre of East Anglian Studies (CEAS), is holding a conference on medieval East Anglia on 8-12 September 2003. Papers include: archaeology of medieval Norwich, the social and economic history of late medieval East Anglia, aspects of medieval environmental history, financial reform in late medieval Norwich, parish church architecture in fifteenth-century Norfolk and East Anglians abroad: fifteenth-century travel narratives.


·         The CEAS also holds an annual lecture series on Thursday evenings each February. The theme for February 2004 is ‘The History of Norwich’. The CEAS conference 13-18 September 2004 will be on ‘The World of Henry II’.


·         The Manchester Centre for Regional History, based at Manchester Metropolitan University has a new website at: http://www.mcrh.org.uk/





·          The Guildhall Library’s Manuscripts stores are currently undergoing major building works. Many original documents will therefore be unavailable for consultation from February to June 2003. The Reading Room will remain open and documents on microfilm will continue to be available. (Guildhall Libary)


·         Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre will be closed on 14-15 April so that staff can be trained in the use of the new IT cataloguing system (Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre)





·         The ‘Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834’ project, directed by Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield, have just made available a fully searchable online edition of the accounts of 22,000 trials from December 1714 to December 1759 at http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/.


·         A concise online catalogue of the collection of drawings built up by Sir John Soane (1753-1837) is now accessible on the the Sir John Soane’s Museum’s website: http://www.soane.org




·         The London Record Society has recently published a volume of letters from a London merchant trading largely with the West Indies: Selected Letters of William Freeman, 1678-85, ed. D. Hancock.

·         Heather Creaton’s Checklist of Unpublished Diaries by Londoners and Visitors, a guide to and bibliography of little-used sources for the social history of London from collections world-wide, is due to be published by the LRS at the end of March. Both volumes are available to non-members from the Hon. Secretary

Information on the London Record Society is available at http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/lrs/LRSinfo.html


·         The next issue of the London Journal will include papers on:  the role of lobbying and interest groups in Parliamentary activity in early Stuart London; protecting domestic privacy in post-Fire middle-class London; the exploration of successful and failed amalgamations between gas companies in late nineteenth-century London; London's response to the influenza pandemic of 1918-19; and the changes at Exmouth Market during the 1990s. 


Lists of contents, abstracts from recent issues, and more information on the London Journal is available at: http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/londonjournal





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