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.
Summary Justice in the City:a selection of cases heard at the Guildhall Justice Room, 1752-178, edited by Greg T. Smith, as distributed by 10 September 2013. Members who do not receive their subscription copy of this volume should notify the Society, allowing the transit time specified below:
UK members: 10 days from the distribution date
members outside the UK: 28 days from the distribution date
The next AGM of the London Record Society will be held on the 16th October 2013 at the City of London Guildhall. Read more here
A Woman In Wartime London: The Diary Of Kathleen Tipper 1941-1945, edited and compiled by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson for publication by the London Record Society (vol. 41: 2006), provides a wealth of information concerning the links between a single woman's domesticity and war work when analysed through the lens of rationing. In a paper entitled, ‘Experiences of Rationing: Between Domesticity and War Work', Kelly A. Spring, a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, utilises the Tipper diary to explore questions surrounding a single woman's activities on the British home front including: What was a single woman's role with food during the war? How did she contribute to the domestic agenda? How was her work of consumption situated in conjunction to other war work required of a single woman? The diary demonstrates the contradictions and tensions that existed in the gender roles expected of and carried out by a single woman in wartime. The research findings will be presented at the Lessons of War: Gender History and the Second World War Conference at Lancaster University, 12-13 September 2013.