The London Record Society is a charity founded in 1964 to stimulate interest in archives relating to London. It holds an annual public lecture dealing with an aspect of London archives, hosts this website and publishes volumes of transcripts, translations, abstracts and lists of primary sources relating to the history of London. These volumes appear in hard covers and are carefully prepared by specialists in their subject. Many of the forty-five or so volumes published by the Society are now available online via British History Online. Suggestions about the work of the Society and about possible future volumes are always most welcome, for more details see the Publications Proposal section under About Us.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting is normally held in October, followed by a lecture on the subject of the society’s recent publications. New members, whether individual or institutional, are most welcome. Members are entitled to a complimentary copy of the Society’s annual publication. The Society’s publications are available to non-members; information is available on the publications page.

Conservation in Action: St John Hackney Vestry Minute Book 1613-59

In 2013-14, the London Record Society funded the conservation treatment of the St John Hackney vestry minute book, 1613-59 from the collections held by London Metropolitan Archives (reference P79/JN1/137). The volume was unavailable for public consultation owing to its condition, and there was no surrogate copy, such as microfilm, available. However, the support of the LRS has enabled the volume to be made accessible for research.

Read more about the document and the conservation work here.

Geoffrey Harris

The Council of the London Record Society must announce, with deepest regret, the death of former Hon. Treasurer, Mr Geoffrey Harris

A Memorial Service (Requiem Mass) will be held on Friday, 8 August 2014 at 11.30 am at
557/559 HIGH ROAD

After the Memorial Service there will be a light buffet lunch in the adjoining Church Hall, starting about 12.30 am.
If you would like to join Geoffrey's family either at the Memorial Service and the lunch, or would prefer to join them just for the lunch, they would be delighted to see you.
As Geoffrey had so very many friends, in order that they have an idea of the numbers for which they need to cater, his family would be very grateful if you could let them know in advance if it is your intention to attend the lunch

<>RSVP by 31 July
to Clare Lockyer, 35 Milton Lane, Wells, Somerset BA 5 2QS, or lockyer@bluewin.ch


Victoria County History (VCH) research notes for the City of London and Middlesex volumes now available at the London Metropolitan Archives

Although the VCH published only one volume (1909) relating to the City of London, work had been put in hand for subsequent volumes, much of it undertaken by some of the many women employed by the VCH before the First World War. Some of these notes were used, and added to, by the recent editors of the Middlesex volumes of the VCH, but no use has ever been made of the London material. The notes, many now over a hundred years old, are in written in manuscript of varying legibility and many are in poor condition. The notes mainly list, or extract, primary sources relating to buildings, and activities in particular parishes or boroughs.

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