The Seminar on Metropolitan History is held in the Autumn and Spring Terms. The programme for 2009-10 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, Professor Vivian Bickford-Smith

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 2009

7 October Chris Minns and Patrick Wallis (LSE)
The decline of apprenticeship in early modern London
21 October Henriette Steiner (ETH Zürich)
“The more I see of the world…” London as metropolitan paradigm in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark (1796)
4 November Eric Sandweiss (Indiana University, Bloomington/CMH)
The City Museum and the Museum City: remembering forgotten landscapes
18 November Caroline Sandes (UCL)
Recreating a metropolis with selective memory: the use of the past in post-civil-war Beirut
2 December Valentina Pugliano (IHR/Oxford)
Naturalists in the metropolis: the quiet pursuits of London apothecaries

Spring Term 2010

13 January Berta Joncus (Oxford)
Music for diversion and seduction at Ranelagh Gardens
27 January Matthew Stevens (CMH/IHR)
London women in the city and Westminster courts in the later middle ages
10 February Tim Wales (KCL)
Public health, political culture and the decline of infant mortality in West Ham, 1886-1939
24 February
NB: 4.30 pm start
Jim Clifford (York, Ontario)
Remaking the Bow Back Rivers: environmental and social intervention to decrease flooding and unemployment in West Ham, 1905-1935
10 March Jordan Landes (CMH/IHR)
London Quakers in the Atlantic world before 1725

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