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6 October 2016

Archives for London seminar – October 2016

Tales from the Town Boy Ledger – discipline, ditch-leaping and death in 19th Century London

Westminster School records date back to the late 14th Century. Re-founded by Elizabeth I in 1560, the Elizabethan statutes established a school of 40 scholars and permitted further pupils to be admitted as ‘Town Boys’.

The Town Boy Ledgers, kept by the pupil elected ‘Head of the Town Boys’ (Princeps Oppidanus) offer a vivid account of school boy experiences, including tales of exploding fireworks, dangerous ‘ditch-leaping’ and accidental deaths.

Following a successful grant of conservation serialisation of the records began. Elizabeth Wells, Archivist and Records Manager will discuss the project and reveal some of the fascinating stories that have come to light through the serialisation.

Refreshments provided. Advance booking is essential.
Free to all AfL members. Non-members welcome, £6.

Please book your place through Eventbrite.
Download our October seminar notice.

Start: 6 October 2016
End: 6 October 2016
Venue: London Metropolitan Archives
London, United Kingdom

14 October 2016

Archives for London conference 2016: Evolution from the embers

Evolution from the embers

How Londoners responded to the Great Fire and the Blitz

2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and the 75th anniversary of the culmination of the major Blitz offensive against London. AfL’s conference will explore how the capital dealt with these catastrophic events and was able to recover so quickly afterwards.

London panorama 1666

Exploring London in 1666 and life after the Great Fire are Dr Vanessa Harding, University of London; Dr Felicity Henderson, University of Exeter and Dr Stephen Porter, Charterhouse archivist.

Whilst Laurence Ward, LMA, doctoral student Darren Bryant and Stephen Larkham, Birmingham City University are among those to discuss the impact of the Blitz across London in 1941.

The day includes guided tours of LMA’s exhibition: London’s Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666 to the present day.

Early bird delegate rates until 18 September: AfL members £14 (then £17), non-members £20 (then £25).

Book online via EventBrite or download the AfL conference 2016 booking form

Full programme

10:00 Registration and tea/coffee

10:15 Welcome: Anne Barrett, chair of Archives for London

10:20 The strength and treasure of the nation: London on the eve of the Great Fire
Dr Vanessa Harding, Professor of London History, Birkbeck, University of London

11:05 London’s Great Fire and its Aftermath
Stephen Porter, Charterhouse archivist

11:50 Robert Hooke, his diary and the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire
Dr Felicity Henderson Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture, University of Exeter

12.35 Lunchtime (lunch is not included; tea and coffee will be available) and guided tours of LMA’s exhibition: London’s Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666 to the present day

2:00 The London County Council bomb damage maps
Laurence Ward, Head of Digital Services at London Metropolitan Archives

2:45 The London Blitz 1940-1945: an examination into diversity of experience across localities of London
Darren Bryant, doctoral student

3:30 The replanning of London after the Second World War: plans and sources
Peter Larkham, Professor of Planning at Birmingham City University

4:15 Concluding remarks: Anne Barrett

Book now on EventBrite

Start: 14 October 2016
End: 14 October 2016
Venue: London Metropolitan Archives