Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

Electronic Newsletter

Issue No. 10 Winter 2007/8


The newsletter is intended to keep you informed about the latest news from the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library. It is edited by Philippa Smith, Principal Archivist, Guildhall Library. Please feel free to forward it to anyone you think might like to read it. The newsletter now has getting on for 350 subscribers. If you are not already on the mailing list, and would like to receive future issues, please email us.

You can also see back numbers of the newsletter on the Manuscripts Section’s website at This issue will appear there in due course.


Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section retains its three-star status

Staff news

Business as usual at Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

Measuring Up: enquiry service statistics for November 2007-January 2008

Cataloguing news: Hambros Bank Ltd; St George’s Church, Rapallo

A magnificent new accession – a Tillingham estate map of 1667

Ecclesiastically-sponsored theatre in London, 1422-1642 (by Professor Mary Erler)

M is for milestone (a significant point reached in the indexing of Lloyd’s Captains Registers)

Webb’s supplement to Boyd’s marriage index for London and Middlesex (by Cliff Webb)

The Sun does the ton (by Isobel Watson)

Tools of the trade (by Jeff Warner)

Stock Exchange company annual reports – volunteers needed!

Ancestors magazine (two new articles published about sources at Guildhall Library)

Getting the City of London reading at Guildhall Library (forthcoming talks by Jerry White and Leo Hollis)

Guided tours of Guildhall Library (including electronic resources and sources for family historians)

Forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives

Archives for London seminars


            Faces in the Victorian City photographs of people who worked in the City of London, 1850-1900 in Guildhall Library Print          Room;

Victorian Artists in Photographs: G F Watts and his World at Guildhall Art Gallery

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

Closure of the Family Records Centre

We welcome your views!

Contact details


We are delighted to report that the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section has retained its three-star status under The National Archives’ Self-Assessment of local authority archives services in England and Wales. This puts it in the top 10% of local authority record offices in the country. The self-assessment was introduced on a pilot basis in 2006 and has now become an annual event.  In 2007, as in 2006, it involved a formidable questionnaire of over 100 questions, and in 2007 each record office has been allocated marks in five categories.  The marking was done by The National Archives (TNA) and moderated by a Self-Assessment Panel which included representatives of the local authority archive sector.  We scored as follows:  governance (75.5%); documentation of collections (89.5%); access and outreach (69%); preservation and conservation (78.5%); and buildings and environment (75.5%).  Our overall score was 76%.  Stephen Freeth commented before his retirement: “This reflects the terrific service and commitment of my Manuscripts Section colleagues, to whom I extend my very best wishes for the future”.


In the last issue of this newsletter we reported the early retirement of our distinguished Keeper of Manuscripts, Stephen Freeth, as part of the restructuring process within the Department of Libraries, Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery. The Manuscripts Section at Guildhall Library is now led by Philippa Smith and Charlie Turpie, who job-share the post of Principal Archivist, Guildhall Library. They report to Charlotte Shaw, the Head of Archives and Prints and Maps, one of six Heads of Service within the Heritage Division of the Department which covers Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), Guildhall Art Gallery, and Keats House in Hampstead. The Heritage Division is headed by Deborah Jenkins, Assistant Director, Heritage Services.

Those of you who regularly visit the Manuscripts Section will have missed a familiar friendly face on the enquiry desk recently. Jonathan Burton, one of our two information officers (formerly known as archives assistants), left the Section for pastures new at the end of January. Jonathan is now working as a programme administrator at City University. We wish him well in his new job.

As well as being a tower of strength on the enquiry desk, Jonathan made a major contribution to the project to index Lloyd’s Captains Registers. During his two years at Guildhall Library he single-handedly extracted and indexed the letters I, J, N, O, P, Q, U, V, Y and Z, and helped in the extraction and inputting of E and M. One of his final tasks was to put the finishing touches to the index for the letter M which has just been uploaded on to our website ( He has written about the progress of the project below.

Jonathan’s replacement is Louisa MacDonald who has been seconded from LMA where she had worked since 1997, from 2005 as an information officer. Her arrival on 25 February was keenly anticipated by the section as it has been a particularly busy period in the reading room with a significant number of remote enquiries too. Thanks especially go to Claire Titley who has been holding the fort at the enquiry desk and doing the work of two for the past month.

Last, but not least, congratulations to archivist Stacey Gee who married Richard over the Christmas break and is now Stacey Harmer.

Correction: Apologies to Ann Saunders to whom we incorrectly referred in the last issue as Hon. Secretary of the London Topographical Society, when she is in fact its Hon. Editor.

Business as usual at Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section remains open as usual, Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5.00pm, except for the Easter period as follows:


CLOSED Friday 21-Monday 24 March 2008 inclusive.

LMA has reopened following closure for refurbishment of its reading rooms. For further details of this ongoing project, go to the LMA website.


The Manuscripts Section had its highest ever monthly total of written enquiries in November (317). We are very pleased to report that we answered 100% of these within 2 days of receipt, and 86% on the day of receipt.

We continued to exceed our target of at least 85% of written enquiries answered within two days of receipt throughout the last three months with an average of over 99% answered within two days, and over 85% answered on the day of receipt.

In the reading room, there were fewer visitors than in the same period last year, although they looked at more original documents in January. Telephone calls were also down. However, February is proving to be a very busy month on all fronts and it will be interesting to see what the statistics tell us in due course.

November 2007

641 visitors to the reading room (679 in 2006)

1475 documents produced in the reading room (1525)

317 written enquiries (277)

250 telephone calls (289)

Enquiry response time for written enquiries (target at least 85% answered within two days): 100% answered within two days; 86% answered on the day of receipt.

December 2007

377 visitors to the reading room (391 in 2006)

916 documents produced in the reading room (976)

172 written enquiries (186)

121 telephone calls (141)

Enquiry response time: 98% answered within two days; 85% answered on the day of receipt.

January 2008

571 visitors to the reading room (676 in 2007)

1449 documents produced in the reading room (1317)

279 written enquiries (280)

206 telephone calls (238)

Enquiry response time: 100% answered within two days; 86% answered on the day of receipt.


Charlie Turpie, Principal Archivist, who manages the section’s cataloguing programme, describes some recently catalogued records.

Records of Hambros Bank Ltd

Recently we took the restrictions off all the catalogued records of Hambros Bank. Société Générale (in the news recently), the owners of the Hambros Bank archive, have signed up to our ongoing programme to persuade owners of archives to shorten or abolish closure periods for their records. As a result, members of the public can have access to the whole of the Hambros Bank archive (although it is on 24 hour call and must therefore be ordered in advance of a visit).

The Bank originated as the London branch of the Copenhagen firm of J. C. Hambro & Son (established ca. 1800) and was formerly known as C. J. Hambro and Son, 1839-1920, and amalgamated with the British Bank of Northern Commerce Ltd in 1920. The amalgamated Bank was known as Hambros Bank Limited from 1921. Its headquarters in the City of London were at 11 King William Street, ca. 1839-43; 70 Old Broad Street, 1843-1926; and 41 Bishopsgate from 1926.

In the 19th century, Hambros was involved in raising money for banks, railways and even countries. The Bank’s chairman, Carl Joachim Hambro, knew several statesmen of the day, and became very friendly with Cavour, the architect of Italian re-unification. Carl Joachim, who was Danish, also played a part in the negotiations that led to Prince Vilhelm of Denmark becoming King George I of the Hellenes (and lent the Prince £10,000 to help pay his expenses in becoming the Greek king). Prince Vilhelm was only 17 when he was elected King by the Greek National Assembly (which had deposed the former King Otto). He reigned for 50 years. Vilhelm/George was the grandfather of Prince Philip. You can see a photograph of Carl Joachim Hambro in the current Guildhall Library Print Room exhibition (details below).

As well as accounts, correspondence, loans papers and agreements, the archive holds records of the Hambro family. Carl Joachim’s business correspondence is also full of personal information. The collection has been catalogued as Guildhall Library Ms 19031-19223. A history of the bank is given in B. Bramsen and K. Wain, The Hambros 1779-1979 (London 1979), available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library.

Records of St George’s Church, Rapallo – a Machiavellian builder and architect

Some further records of this Anglican chaplaincy in Liguria, Italy were catalogued in November 2007.

The first regular chaplaincy was established at Rapallo in 1875, and services were held in the private chapel of the Palazzo Serra, which later became the Hotel de l'Europe. In 1894 a piece of ground next to the cemetery in Rapallo was purchased for use as a burial ground for British residents and other Protestants.

The building of St. George's church began in 1901 in response to growing numbers of British visitors. The building committee minutes, Ms 38740, reveal that the committee asked Sir Reginald Blomfield, the eminent English architect, to design the church and he submitted plans. However, the Italian builder did not like the plans and refused to build the church to Blomfield’s designs. Instead, Signor Enrico Machiavello, an Italian architect, offered to “carry out gratuitously the work of architect to the Committee”. He may well have been related to the principal builder, Signor Luigi Machiavello. Further research is needed! There are also papers relating to the construction of the church, Ms 38743, which include correspondence with Blomfield.

The church was finally opened in January 1904. The service register, Ms 38414/2, records “Services held for first time in St George’s church. Weather very wet.”

The Anglican church at Rapallo was requisitioned during the Second World War and, although services resumed after the war, numbers of British visitors fell and the church was eventually sold in 1975.

The records were deposited by the chaplain of St. Mark's Church, Florence. They comprise registers of baptisms, marriages and burials 1906-74 (Ms 38412-3); service registers 1887-1974 (Ms 38414, 38739); committee minutes 1901-34 (Ms 38740-1); financial papers 1904-60 (Ms 38742, 38749-52); papers about the construction and fabric of church 1901-31 and inventory 1948 (Ms 38743-7, 38755); register of subscriptions and donations 1901-14 (Ms 38748); correspondence 1954-78 (Ms 38753-4); and notes on the history of the church, photograph and other papers (Ms 38756-8).

“What other records do you have?”

In the last newsletter I wrote about our General Guide to records held in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library which lists all the records (of any significance) we hold. Since then, I have updated a further three sections, which have been posted on our website.

I have also edited the Business section of the Guide again, adding fifteen new entries (including, for example, an entry for Toye & Bromley, hemp and fibre merchants of Fenchurch Street and Mile End Road) and improving others, such as the entry for the Ottoman Bank.

A magnificent new accession – A Tillingham estate map of 1667

Archivist Matthew Payne reports:

Guildhall Library was delighted recently to be given a magnificent 17th century estate map of a portion of the manor of Tillingham in Essex. The map has been added back to the collections of St Paul’s Cathedral, from which it was probably removed for safe keeping, during, or just before, World War II. It has only recently come to light again.

Tillingham is the longest continuously-owned estate in the country, the manor having been in the hands of St Paul’s Cathedral since before the Norman Conquest (reputedly granted to the Cathedral at its foundation in 604AD). The 1,568-acre estate is still in the possession of the Dean and Chapter, and they continue to take an active interest in its welfare.

The map, which dates from August 1667, shows the manor house and demesne land of Tillingham, which had been leased to Sir Gamaliel Capel of Rookwood Hall in Abbess Roding, Essex, in 1664. The Capel family had a long association with Tillingham. The 1664 lease marked a resolution of a long dispute over tenancy between Gamaliel Capel and Matthew Bigge, with Capel taking the lease on the proviso that he “cause and procure a true and perfect Terrar of all the Landes groundes of and belonging to the said Mannour and Parsonage of Tillingham” within the next seven years.

The map contains remarkable perspective views of Tillingham church and Tillingham Hall, as well as a highly-decorated and colourful cartouche and compass rose. It is an accompanying plan to one already held at Guildhall Library (Map Case 241), which shows some of the outer farms of the manor. It is wonderful to have these two plans reunited. Research continues to find out who drew the maps.

After conservation work has been completed, it will be catalogued and made available to researchers.

Ecclesiastically-Sponsored Theatre in London, 1422-1642

Professor Mary Erler of Fordham University in New York has recently investigated Guildhall Library’s records to find when and where London offered church-sponsored plays before 1642. The library’s extensive collection of parish accounts provided evidence for several kinds of theatrical activity.

London is traditionally said to have had 108 parish churches before the Great Fire, and eighty of these parishes possess financial records earlier than 1642—mostly churchwardens’ accounts. The earliest such record comes from St Mary at Hill in 1422, followed by St Peter Westcheap in 1431. Five parishes have these records surviving from the 1450s and six more begin before 1500. Through the payments registered by the parish wardens, these thirteen parishes show three kinds of quasi-dramatic practices.

The first, the boy bishop celebration, was extremely popular in the capital. Either on St Nicholas day (6 December) or Holy Innocents day (28 December), costumed choirboys took the places of adult clergy in that day’s liturgical service. This playful practice is revealed not only by accounts, but by the lists of parish possessions made between 1548 and 1552, in response to doctrinal changes. St Michael Cornhill, for instance, owned a “vestment somtyme for .s. Nycolas bishop for A child of red velvet”.

Six London parishes show receipts for hocking, a practice previously thought to be mainly rural. These springtime collections provided both fun and money for the parish on the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter when on alternate days, women and men stopped and bound each other in order to extract playful fines.

A third quasi-dramatic practice is found in the elaborated mimetic liturgy of Palm Sunday. Thirteen parishes offered dramatizations of the texts welcoming Christ to Jerusalem, in which boys and men played and sang the role of the Old Testament prophets. In the 15th and 16th centuries parishes rented costumes, wigs, and identifying labels for these prophets and paid to build scaffolds for them to stand on. From earliest times the records show, too, that individual parishes owned and rented out pageants (either portable displays or wagons), giants, costumes and props. These were used principally at Easter, Corpus Christi, and the Lord Mayor’s show, as part of festive processions around these events.

Full-fledged plays appear in the 16th century, when they provide valuable fund-raisers for the parish. In summer 1528, and in either 1529 or 1530, All Hallows London Wall and St. Katherine Cree received civic licenses to hold summer-long productions in their churchyards, in order to support their current building campaigns. Plays are also found inside the churches: St Andrew Hubbard in 1539/40 received in the church, from the players, the small sum of twelve pence, and in 1540/41 St Dunstan in the West paid out almost that much, ten pence, for repairs: “for nayles for the amending of the pewes after the play”. The change in religion at mid-century, however, meant the disappearance of the culture out of which such drama sprang, and after 1565 no more records of London parish plays are found.

Titled Records of Early English Drama: Ecclesiastical London, Professor Erler’s book will be the 20th volume in the county-by-county REED survey of English dramatic activity. It will be published by the University of Toronto Press at the end of March 2008.


Jonathan Burton writes about a significant milestone in the project to index Lloyd’s Captains Registers.

We have recently completed the mammoth task of indexing the letter “M” within Lloyd’s Captains Registers.  Information from the first volume (covering 1851-1873) was extracted by myself, with the next five volumes (covering 1874-1911) being completed by Joy Thomas.  We then shared the inputting, with Charlie [Turpie] doing the checking as usual.

The volumes for “M” contain the largest number of names of any of the registers (around 7,500) and were particularly difficult to extract due to the changes from volume to volume between Mc and Mac.  I was very pleased that I was largely spared the horrors of the extraction, and was allowed to cowardly start a new letter (J), whilst letting Joy finish M!

The completion of “M” means only surnames beginning F, G, H, R, S, T and W remain unindexed – and F will soon be completed as all extraction has finished.  All the completed indexes are available to consult on our website ( Unfortunately, shortage of staff time prevents us from extracting details of individual voyages on behalf of readers.  However, the “Captains Registers” can be consulted in the reading room without prior formality.

For more details about the “Captains Registers” and the history of the indexing project, please consult my previous article in Issue 6 of this newsletter, and the leaflet on our website at The most recent issue of Ancestors magazine also includes an article about the registers (details below).

Webb’s Supplement to Boyd’s Marriage Index for London and Middlesex

Cliff Webb writes about his latest project:

Finding a marriage has always been a difficult task for the genealogist. Historically, as today, the normal place of marriage was at the home church of the bride, and this is rarely known. Prior to the Hardwicke Marriage Act becoming effective in 1754, people married where they fancied with little regard for any rules. Even after 1754, people often met the residence provisions by temporarily boarding in the parish in question.

Boyd’s Marriage Index is a monumental effort to try to combat these difficulties by providing a combined index to some 7,000,000 marriages throughout England. However, it is only (and was only ever intended to be) a start. Its sections on London and Middlesex are good, but there are many gaps.

I have prepared a supplement which is intended to provide a further collective index for some of the parishes and periods not covered in Boyd. I have also, as far as possible, tried to fill gaps in the coverage of the two other London-wide marriage indexes, the International Genealogical Index and the Pallot Index. The list of nearly 100,000 marriages will, it is hoped, solve a few more of those intractable London problems.

The index is arranged in one alphabetical sequence, not split into chronological sections like Boyd. I have also made no attempt to group surnames. The sort is by surname of groom, then Christian name of groom, then Christian name of bride.

This is just a first supplement and I intend to continue the work, producing approximately 100,000 new records each time.

The supplement is available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library. A list of the parishes and periods covered in the supplement may be obtained on application from


Isobel Watson writes about progress in A Place in the Sun, the project to index the early 19th century Sun Insurance Office fire policy registers:

We began 2007 with indexes to 85 registers online on the Access to Archives website ( A batch consisting of an additional 15 register indexes completed earlier this year has recently been uploaded into the system, taking the total online to 100 - some 173,600 policies in all, dating from 1810 to 1838.

There are major changes in process to the A2A system, which will affect the ways in which it is used by searchers. During 2008, the database will be linked more closely into TNAs main cataloguing system, known as “Global search” because it enables a single query to be run simultaneously on TNA’s own catalogue (the old PROCAT) plus 10 other databases. At present this means that a traditional search on A2A alone will only produce results from the first 85 Sun indexes. To exploit the full 100, it is necessary to link to “Global search” (which can at present be done most easily via a link on the home page at It is not possible to confine this search to Guildhall Library records - at present at any rate - so a good way of ensuring that Sun entries come at the top of the list of “hits” is to make sure you include words from the main Sun fields - either “insured or “other property” - alongside the search term. For example, putting “insured Bramah” into the search box brings up reference to three policies taken out by J. J. Bramah, the iron founder of Pimlico, one of which derives from the newly uploaded data.

Finally, more good news is that another 11 catalogues (Ms 11936/444-9 and 556-60) have now been sent for uploading. This is likely to take place before the end of March and will take coverage back to 1808 and forward to 1839. There are no plans to move toward 1840; future offerings will concentrate on the earlier period, working in sequence towards 1800.


Jeff Warner explains how the early 19th century Sun fire insurance policy registers, indexed by A Place in the Sun project, have proved a mine of information about his own particular passion, tools and the tool trade.

I have been collecting tools and books about tools since the late 1970s, but about four years ago I found myself in a position to do some serious research into the history of my particular interest. After writing a booklet on a certain American made plane, I decided that I would try to find out what I could about English iron plane makers and the people who sold them, with a heavy bias towards London-based businesses.

I first heard about the Sun insurance records in 1997, before I had even thought about doing any research, as they were a quoted reference in Jane and Mark Rees’s book Christopher Gabriel and the Tool Trade in 18th Century London.

In reading articles written about iron planes and what little is known about the people who made them, it soon becomes apparent that most of the significant development occurred in the mid Victorian period. However, it is the early 19th century which holds the key to the circumstances which allowed the development of the trade. Some of the businesses which became significant later had their early development plotted by the Sun insurance records. Take for instance Buck & Ryan, who still sell tools from a shop in Southampton Row, London. Their predecessors G. H. Buck were established in 1824 (or so all their literature says) at 122 Edgware Road. Buck’s had taken over a plane-making and tool dealership from Richard Nelson, who is thought to have been originally established on this site in 1824, but this is only the date at which the street was renumbered as other properties were still being built. By cross referencing the Sun insurance records with the sewer rates kept at LMA, the earliest date for a Nelson living at No 3 Edgware Road opposite Bell Street, sometimes known as 3 St Albans Church, Edgware Road, is 1817. Sewer rates go back as far as 1819, but now, due to the Sun insurance records policy number 927869 (in Guildhall Library Ms 11936/476), I know that Mr Nelson was renting the premises from a Mrs. Saunders in 1817.

Another of the Buck family is recorded in policy number 1187028 (Ms 11936/542) on 5 November 1834 as ‘Joseph Buck of No 245 Tottenham Court Road, Saw, Plane File and Tool Maker’. This Buck did not actually make any tools, but mainly sharpened saws and did repairs to the varied and wide range of tools he stocked. Many of the iron planes that I am researching are marked with Buck’s address in Tottenham Court Road, although these were not made by him. By looking a bit deeper into the Sun insurance records I was able to find out a bit more. In an endorsement book entry dated 20 September 1854, the firm is recorded as J. Buck now George Buck of 245 Tottenham Court Road (Ms 12160/129 page 446, policy number 1187028).

The records also helped to establish that another tool dealer, John Moseley and Son of 16–17 New Street, Covent Garden, was taken over by William Moseley in October 1828 after the death of John Moseley on 10 June 1828. More importantly, the Sun insurance records show that John Moseley was the possessor of a horse mill in the yard of his premises, which means that some kind of manufacturing was taking place, as the mill would have provided power to run a saw or perhaps a grinding wheel. This important piece of information had not been recorded in any other source.

The Moseley references are as follows: John Moseley: Ms 11936/459/1039114 dated 10 August 1812; Ms 11936/509/1039114 and 1041435 dated 23 November 1825 and 19 February 1826; and William Moseley: Ms 12160/73 page 184 endorsement on policy number 1039114 dated 28 October 1828; Ms 11936/528/1113862 dated 17 November 1830; and Ms 11936/ 544/1887176-7 dated 19 November 1834.

I am sure I will continue to be surprised by the wealth of information the Sun Insurance Office fire policy registers contain.


Guildhall Library holds the annual reports of all companies quoted on the Stock Exchange between 1880 and 1965. We are seeking volunteers to help us index these reports so that they can be located by business historians and other researchers. If you are interested in helping, or would like to learn more, please contact Andrew Harper at Guildhall Library (telephone 020 7332 1866 or email


All of the second series of articles contributed by the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library to Ancestors magazine have now been published. The most recent, which has just appeared in issue 67, March 2008, is “Cap’n ahoy” in which Dr Stacey Gee explains the best way to tackle Lloyd's Captains Registers.

Already published are:

“Paying for St. Paul’s”, by Matthew Payne, about the St Paul’s briefs, the late 17th century returns from parishes throughout England and Wales recording collections towards the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire, in issue 49, September 2006;

“Mysteries Unravelled”, by Philippa Smith, about City of London livery company records, in issue 51, November 2006; and

“A Peculiar Marriage”, by Dr Stacey Gee, about St Katharine by the Tower Marriage Licence Records, in issue 54, February 2007;

“Welcome to the World of Work”, by Charlie Turpie, about business records for family historians, in issue 61, September 2007;

“Bravery rewarded”, by Matthew Payne, about the records of bravery awards bestowed by private bodies including Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund and the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire, in issue 65, January 2008. Matthew has also written a new information leaflet on the subject which you can read on our website at 

Information about Ancestors magazine can be found at


On Wednesday 26 March 2008 Jerry White will be talking about his books which include London in the Twentieth Century, London in the Nineteenth Century and Rothschild Buildings.

On Wednesday 16 April 2008 Leo Hollis will be talking about his book, The Phoenix: St Paul’s Cathedral and the Men Who Made Modern London.

Both talks start at 6.30pm and there will opportunities to ask questions. Admission is free, but you must book in advance (telephone 020 7332 1854; or email


Each session starts at 1.00 p.m. and will last for one hour. Sessions are free, but you must book in advance by phoning 020 7332 1868/1870 or by emailing

General tours: You will hear about the history of the Library, see the collections, and visit behind the scenes. The next tour will take place on:

Wednesday 2 April 2008.

Electronic resources in Guildhall Library: Would you like to know more about our computer-based resources and receive help in using them? Practical sessions will take place on:

Wednesday 5 March 2008;

Wednesday 7 May 2008.

Sources for family historians: You will be shown resources for tracing family history in the Printed Books Section, and then view original documents in the Manuscripts Section. Talks will take place on:

Tuesday 11 March 2008;

Tuesday 13 May 2008.

Editor’s note: Newsletter subscribers are among the first to be told about Guildhall Library’s programme of talks and tours, but please remember to book early so as not to be disappointed.

Talks, workshops, poetry readings, exhibitions, walks, conferences, tours, children’s activities and many other events at the City of London’s Libraries, Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery are listed in its regularly published events brochure. If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know (at and we will add you to the mailing list.


For details of forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives go to


Archives for London organises a number of events, including a series of free seminars held, usually, on the first Thursday of the month at 5.30 pm at London Metropolitan Archives. For details of forthcoming events go to


FACES IN the VICTORIAN CITY – photographs of people who worked in the City of London, 1850-1900 at Guildhall Library Print Room until 7 June 2008, free admission.

By the mid-19th century the City of London was firmly established as the financial engine of the British Empire and indeed the world. The City’s core activities of banking and insurance were backed up by a panoply of supporting services. Among Guildhall Library’s collection of portraits are many photographs of the City’s workforce in Queen Victoria’s heyday. A remarkable series of images of officers of the City of London Corporation, taken in the mid-1860s by Maull & Co., forms the nucleus of this display which draws attention to the variety of occupations in the Victorian City and the technical quality of the early photographic images. Gaolers, bankers nurses, chaplains, teachers, sewermen, chimney sweeps: the full spectrum of urban society is represented in this exhibition, which comprises 50 digital enlargements from original photographic prints.

The exhibition includes several items from the Manuscripts Section which illustrate the diversity of the photographs on display:

Baron Carl Joachim Hambro, 1862 (Ms 19220B);

Henry Dempster, pawnbroker, ca. 1870 (Ms 22326/1);

St Dunstan in the West Parochial Girls School hockey team, ca. 1895 (Ms 18727);

Charles Cleverly Paine, Master of the Wheelwrights’ Company, 1897 (Ms 3852/1);

Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers, 1902 (Ms 216060/57).

If this exhibition interests you, you might also like to see:

Victorian Artists in Photographs: G F Watts and his World at Guildhall Art Gallery until 13 April.

This remarkable exhibition of more than 150 photographs of the Victorian world of art and culture is drawn from the enormous collection of photographs of everyone Who was Who in the Victorian era, amassed by the late expert on Victorian painting Jeremy Maas, and now acquired by Rob Dickins CBE and presented by him to the Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey.

For more details and admission charges go to


Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE is returning to the Grand Hall, Olympia, London from 2-4 May 2008.


Discover your ancestors with the help of the largest collection of TV historians, family history experts (including staff from Guildhall Library and LMA) and celebrity enthusiasts than anywhere else. The event will also include two new show areas - Military History LIVE and Discover Archaeology LIVE.

For more details go to


The National Archives intends to close its services at the FRC on 15 March 2008. For up-to-date news about this, and a link to information about the future of the Office of National Statistics services at the FRC, go to


Do you have any comments about this newsletter, about the Manuscripts Section itself or the records it holds? Do you have anything to contribute about your research, or experiences of working with archives that you would like to share? If so, please contact the editor, Philippa Smith, at

Last updated April 2008

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