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8 September 2016

Archives for London seminar – September 2016

‘The Red Hot Library’: the archives of the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army was founded in East London in 1865 as a Christian revivalist mission. Today it is a worldwide church established in 127 countries and also provides an extensive range of social services.

Steven Spencer, the Archivist & Deputy Director of the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, will look at 150 years of Salvation Army history, including a Skeleton Army, a converted prize-fighter, a Maiden Tribute to Modern Babylon, a veritable regiment of brass bands and even a Salvation Navy. Steven will also look at the development of the Salvation Army’s archives from the 1920s onwards, discussing their potential for research with a particular focus on records relating to London.

Advance booking is essential.

Please book your place through Eventbrite or by contacting Jeff Gerhardt 020 7332 3879.

Free to all AfL members, non-members £6. Refreshments provided.

Start: 8 September 2016 6:00 pm
End: 8 September 2016 7:30 pm
United Kingdom

16 September 2016

AfL co-hosted workshop

A many sided crystal; the many facets of physicist and electrical engineer Silvanus Phillips Thompson (1851-1916)

Co-hosted by Imperial College London, University of Leeds, Institution of Engineering & Technology, British Society for the History of Science, and Archives for London.

Marking the centenary of the death of scientist SP Thompson, this unique workshop will investigate his historical significance and directions for future research.

Programme includes:

  • Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), “Silvanus Phillips Thompson: Polymath, Authority and Critic”
  • Matt Stanley (New York University), “The Quaker Silvanus Thompson, Scientist and ‘Sincere Friend’
  • Mat Paskins (University of Aberystwyth), “Silvanus Thompson’s Working Worlds”
  • Steve Pumfrey (University of Lancaster), “Thompson on Gilbert’s De Magnete
  • Geoffrey Cantor (University of Leeds & UCL), “Thompson, Biographer”
  • Stathis Arapostathis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), “Thompson’s Controversies over Patents”
  • Anne Barrett (Imperial College, London) & Anne Locker (Institution of Engineering & Technology), “The Thompson Archives”

Full programme at

All welcome.

Delegates £25; AfL members £10.
Refreshments and lunch included.

Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House,
52 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EA

Download the flyer for A many sided crystal.

Book online via Eventbrite

Start: 16 September 2016 10:00 am
End: 16 September 2016 5:00 pm
Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martin’s Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4EA

23 September 2016

AfL practicals: how-to sessions for archive practitioners & users

An introduction to online London genealogy

The next of our new AfL practicals sessions is is an interactive workshop aimed at those who work in and use London archives who are unsure of where to begin with genealogy.

Looking at family history sources available online, including the records of London Metropolitan Archives, this session will show how you can help yourself and others make the most of their family history. Over the course of the session we will cover a range of records. The session will involve using LMA’s computers to search for family history information.

There will also be a behind the scenes tour of the LMA, with opportunities for discussion and questions throughout.

The AfL practical will be held by LMA Senior Archivist David Luck who works in LMA’s Public Services helping onsite users and remote enquirers with their family history searches.

Please book your place through Eventbrite:

AfL members £10, non-members £20.
Refreshments provided.

Start: 23 September 2016 10:00 am
End: 23 September 2016 12:30 pm
Venue: London Metropolitan Archives

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

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