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27 July 2016

Archives for London Summer Soirée

An evening allegrezza

Join us for a drinks reception, music and history at the Royal College of Music for the AfL summer soirée

Set in the beautiful buildings designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and opened in 1894, we’re delighted that this year’s summer soirée is kindly hosted by the Royal College of Music.

RCM Librarian Peter Linnitt will talk about the treasures of the College’s collections. To accompany the customary AfL hospitality, music is again supplied by RCM student Fiona Gibbs & colleagues.

Join us for an evening of summer cheer and joy, discover how the iconic buildings, facilities & collections make RCM the envy of the world & how its history and archives contribute in inspiring students.

Royal College of Music (please meet in the main entrance)
Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS

Tickets just £5 for AfL members; guests (booking from 11 July) £10.
Book online at

Download the 2016 Summer Soiree information

Start: 27 July 2016 6:00 pm
End: 27 July 2016 9:00 pm
United Kingdom

1 September 2016

Archives for London seminar – September 2016

The Archives of the Salvation Army

Archivist, Steven Spencer introduces the archives of the Salvation Army for the AfL September seminar.

More details soon

Start: 1 September 2016 6:00 pm
End: 1 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 for archivists

London Metropolitan Archives’s David Luck hosts an introductory workshop. More details soon.

Start: 23 September 2016
End: 23 September 2016