Renew your AfL membership now through easy online payment

April marks the start of the new membership year for our individual and institutional members and this year we are encouraging people to pay their subscription online.

Paying your AfL membership by BACS/online banking is the simplest and most efficient way to pay, and helps us make your subscription go further.  All AfL officers are volunteers and we would rather our volunteers used their time to bring you more and better activities than spending hours on administration.

To pay by BACS/online banking please pay Archives for London Ltd, Sort code: 40 06 19, Account number: 51574361, and as a reference please use ‘AfLsub’ followed by the first 6-10 letters of your surname/organisation.

Thank you for your continuing support, we look forward to seeing you again soon and working together to help people preserve, learn from and enjoy London's archives.

For the latest events from AfL and our institutional members please see our Events Page here

TTD – New Poetry from the Archives

Through the Door; New Poetry from the Archives

Newly commissioned poems from London archives. Featuring Andrew Motion and a host of celebrated poets.

This event is the finale of Through the Door, a unique collaborative project which has placed leading UK poets into London Archives; commissioning brand new poetry and celebrating the wealth of stories and heritage which these fascinating archives have to offer.

Venue – British Library Conference Centre

For a special offer on tickets for AfL members, click here

Click here for further information from Poet in the City

Archives for London AGM

Archives for London AGM









1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of previous AGM

3. Chairman’s Report (circulated at the meeting)

4. Financial Report (circulated at the meeting)

5. Committee Matters

5.1 Retirement of Board Member

6. Conferences and Projects

6.1 Project with Poet in the City Through the Door Report

6.2 2015 conference

7. AOB – To be notified in advance to Lucy Shepherd by 21st August 2014


Followed by the AfL September Seminar

Send apologies for absence to: Lucy Shepherd

Conference 2014 – The Endlessly Significant Tale

Booking is now open for The Endlessly Significant Tale, our conference this year will explore the impact of the war to end all wars on our daily and professional lives.

Find out more here. 

Vacancy: Volunteer Publicity Officer

Vacancy: Volunteer Publicity Officer (commencing April/May) AfL is seeking a new Publicity Officer, part of the core team that communicates our passion for London’s archives and their users.

Working closely with the Board marketing lead, and the seminar, visits and website officers you will continue to build our audiences and deliver targeted notices to increase attendance and awareness of AfL’s regular members’ programme and special activities. You will need an eye for simple but effective copy and design, be aware of AfL’s existing and potential audiences, be comfortable working with Microsoft Office and enjoy contributing to social media.

As part of the AfL Forum you will actively contribute to planning future activities through our twice yearly all hands meetings with the Board and other officers.

For further information please email

AfL AGM – Chairman’s Report

"2012 to 2013 has been the year in which AfL changed the way it does things, very like the 1960s changing the world then and paving the way for the world we know now. We’ve continued our successful blend of partnership working, unique members’ programme andadvocacy using a ‘60s at 50’ theme for 2013." Anne Barrett, AfL Chairman

Please click here to read the Chairman's Report for 2012-13.

Relocation of the Royal Free Hospital Archive


The Royal Free Hospital’s archive collection will be moving from Hampstead to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) in Clerkenwell next month.

The reading room at the Royal Free Archive Centre, at The Hoo, in Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, will close on 13 September 2013 to enable the preparation and transfer of the collection to the LMA.

Both the Royal Free Hospital and London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women collections will be available at the LMA, in Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, from early 2014. The LMA is part of the culture, heritage and libraries department of the City of London.

During the transfer, we will continue to answer as many telephone and email enquiries as we can, subject to staff and document availability.

A spokeswoman from the Royal Free said: “This is an exciting new chapter for the Royal Free’s archives. The trust has an enormously rich history and, with documents dating back to 1828 when the hospital was founded, it is of paramount importance that the archive is properly cared for. Its new home at the London Metropolitan Archives will allow greater access for members of the public and will ensure this valuable material is preserved for future generations.”

Nick Kingsley, head of archives sector development at the National Archives added: “We have worked closely with the Royal Free and the LMA on the transfer. We are pleased that the records will be made available at the LMA alongside so many other important hospital collections and other records relating to the health and social history of London’s inhabitants.”

John Chambers. 

Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Centre

AfL members may wish to note the following information concerning the temporary closure of Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives - 

The Local Studies Library & Archives, on level 3 of Central Library, will close at 6pm on Friday 16 August 2013.

The Research Room will open in its new location, on the ground floor of Croydon Clocktower, on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

We regret that we will be unable to respond to remote enquiries during this time.

From Tuesday 10 September, Croydon museum & archives, the Museum of Croydon & the Riesco Gallery will all be open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5pm.

Archives for London AGM

Preliminary notice of the Archives for London Annual General Meeting 

The Archives for London Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 5th September, 6pm at London Metropolitan Archives. 

The 60s at 50 – Dressed to Impress; 11 September 2013


Archives for London continues its 60s at 50 celebrations with a conference and ‘cat’ walk investigating London’s fashionable folk in the decade of diverse trends.


The 1960s was a period of huge change in the fashion world, breaking many fashion traditions and mirroring social movements of the time. Join us to discover – or revisit – how London in the sixties was pivotal in the introduction of new trends and styles that changed they way we dressed forever.


The conference will be followed by a guided walk of the King’s Road by Gary Fahy of Chelsea Walks, revealing the boutiques and fashion hotspots that put SW3 at the heart of sixties London.


Click here for more information and to book your place!


That's not all! A full programme of events celebrating the 60's is planned through to November 2013 – see the link below for more details!


Click here for more details of the full programme of events

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