The Seminar on Metropolitan History is held in the Autumn and Spring Terms. The programme for 2008-9 is given below. Proposals for papers, or for themes to be pursued, are welcomed. Please submit them to

The Seminar on Medieval and Tudor London History is held weekly at 5.15 pm on Thursdays during the Summer Term, usually in the Wolfson Room, First Floor, Institute of Historical Research.

Both the Metropolitan History and Medieval and Tudor London History seminars are part of a large and wide-ranging programme of regular seminars held at the Institute of Historical Research. A full list is available on the Institute's website.


Convenors: Dr Matthew Davies, Dr Richard Dennis, Dr James Moore

Alternate Wednesdays at 5.30 pm
in the Pollard Room, First Floor
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Autumn Term 2008

8 October Mark Latham (Leicester)
Finance and urban improvement: estate revenue and the London Bridge Improvement Act of 1756
22 October Julie Atkinson (Warwick/IHR)
Office politics: representing the city in revolutionary New York
5 November Deborah Colville and Rosemary Ashton (Bloomsbury Project, UCL)
A tale of two squares: Russell Square and Gordon Square in the 19th century
19 November Kathrin Pieren (CMH)
From 'Ost und West' to East and West End: London's role in the discourse on Jewish art at the beginning of the 20th century
3 December Vivian Bickford-Smith (CMH/University of Cape Town)
Metropolitan pretensions in the South: comparing the claims of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in apartheid era city histories

Spring Term 2009

14 January Ben Heller (Oxford)
A user-friendly metropolis? Transportation, individual mobility, and the distribution of recreational spaces in Georgian London
28 January Jim Galloway (CMH)
London and the tidal Thames: flooding, economy and environment in the later middle ages
11 February Henry Meier (Oxford)
Nursing the sick poor in seventeenth-century London
25 February Katrina Gulliver (CMH)
Outposts of Empire? Urban identity in colonial port cities
11 March Christoph Heyl (Frankfurt)
German immigrants and refugees in London, 1848-1945
Please note: this seminar will be held in Room NG16 (Ground Floor, North Block, Senate House)

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