Membership rates held again – join us and take part in our members’ voice survey

We're delighted that we are able to keep our subscription rates static again.

With membership starting at just £10 it's very easy to get involved so download a membership form today.

We had a great year helping people preserve, learn from and enjoy London's archives and the year ahead looks even more exciting – but we want to make sure we represent everyone who loves London's fascinating documentary history in the best way we can so please take a few moments to take our members voice survey –

Croydon Archive Situation Update

Croydon Borough Museum and Archive services are to be fully integrated in a refurbished area, to enable staff to make the best use of their time expertise when assisting customers. Croydon Borough is planning engagement activities which it has invited AfL to be involved in. Thanks to all those who supported AfL's alert by responding to the Borough's consultation.


9 April 2013

Brian Lancaster, General Secretary of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society, explains how the Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service was saved. 

Click here to read the full article

Southwark Library Fire

AfL were sorry to hear the sad news of the fire at Newington Library and the Cuming Museum. We are working with Southwark local archives and will let people know as soon as details can be released and volunteer offers organised.

Update 2ndĀ April

Work continues on clearing up operations, and AfL is keeping in touch with the Archives, Libraries and Museums services

Please note that the Archival collections were held in Newington Library, not the Old Town Hall

All off-site material (records and reserve stock books) is unavailable until further notice.

For information from Southwark Council see:

AfL Conference 2012 – Charles Dickens and London

Thank you to all those who helped to make this year's conference such a success! 

Click here to read a full report on the day


Celebrating 30 years of independent advocacy for archives in London

November 2012 saw the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Greater London Archives Network (GLAN), the first independent regional archive organisation for professionals created independently of the Society of Archivists. AfL was pleased to hold a PEARL party, bringing together members of AfL and its predecessor organisations for an evening of food, wine, music and memories!

Click here to read more about the evening!

AfL at Who Do You Think You Are – LIVE!


22 – 24 February 2013 at London's Olympia

Archives for London will be at WDYTYA? Live, the biggest family history show in the world. 

We’ll be representing our user and practitioner members and showcasing our unique mix of seminars, behind the scenes visits, conference, communications and advocacy work that helps more people get more out of London’s fascinating documentary heritage.

Family history is often people’s first journey into archives and AfL can make research in London more rewarding and fun! 

Click here for more information

You can buy tickets from or by phoning 0844 873 7330. £2 booking fee applies. 

Alert – Threat to Croydon Archives

Once again the Croydon Archives are under threat from closure.

Croydon Council's proposal is to reduce the Croydon archives to the 'statutory minimum' and thereby save £105,000 which would mean the loss of its staff and effective denial of public access to the Local Studies Library . The exceptionally brief consultation period ends on 15 January and responses should be made to Cllr Tim Pollard. Do what you can to influence your local councillors and the cabinet…members. The CNHSS is among the interested parties whose letter to the Croydon Advertiser is to be published this week.

The Consultation closes at midnight on 15 Jan which is a Tuesday.


To add your voice to the consultation visit the website here -

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men

Book tickets now for the next major exhibition at the Museum of London. Explore the early 19th Century history of human dissection and the trade in dead bodies through dramatic evidence unearthed during excavations at the Royal London Hospital.

Click here to see the flyer and book tickets through the website here.  

LSE Saves Women’s Library from Closure

Archives for London congratulate London Metropolitan University and LSE on their decision to maintain access to this important resource by enabling the collection to re-open in 2013 as Women's Library at LSE.

Click here to read more on this story

Archives for London AGM








1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of previous AGM

3. Chairman’s Report

4. Financial Report

5. Committee Matters

6. Membership subscriptions

7. AOB – To be notified in advance to Lucy Shepherd by 23rd August 2012


Followed by the AfL September Seminar: The Day Parliament Burned Down

Speaker Caroline Shenton Head of Parliamentary Archives

Send apologies for absence to: Lucy Shepherd


Download PDF of AGM Notice


Archives for London Conference 2012

Booking is now open for our 2012 Conference 'Tales of One City – Charles Dickens and London' in association with the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Dickens Museum.

For more information and to book your place, please visit our conference page.

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