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.

Patricia and Robert Malcolmson In Conversation about A Free-Spirited Woman

Friday, 24 October 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets are £5, redeemable against the purchase of the book on the night of the event, and include a complimentary glass of wine.
Gladys Langford was an astute and sometimes acerbic observer of everyday life in 1930s London. Her diary, from 1936 to 1940, while frequently introspective and full of self-doubts, is also a vivid portrait of social life. Patricia and Robert Malcolmson are social historians with a special interest in Mass Observation, women in WW2, and English diaries written between the 1930s and the 1950s.
Further details: 020 7439 9921


49th Annual General Meeting - October 2014

The 49th AGM of the London Record Society will be held on Thursday 16 October 2014 at 6.30pm at Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT, followed by a joint meeting of the London Record Society and Camden History Society for the Launch of Volume 50 A Free-Spirited Woman: the London diaries of Gladys Langford, 1936-1940, edited by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson.

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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.

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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