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Archives for London The Independent Voice for Archives in the Capital. For everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts.
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The governing body of AfL is the Board, made up of up to 14 directors or trustees.

The governing body of AfL is the Board, made up of up to 14 directors or trustees.

Operating as usual

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14/09/2021

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Prithee, who let loose the hounds? Whomst, whomst, whomst?⁣

📘 Book of Hours, Use of St Omer, Northern France, c. 1318-1325⁣
📜 Add MS 36684, f. 88v⁣
#ManuscriptMonday

Museum of London | Free museum in London
14/09/2021
Museum of London | Free museum in London

Museum of London | Free museum in London

Discover the history of London at the Museum of London, near St Paul's and Barbican. The greatest stories from the greatest city in nine galleries.

Mother Clap’s Molly House
12/09/2021
Mother Clap’s Molly House

Mother Clap’s Molly House

Part of ‘Intimate Places: London's Lost LGBTQ+ Spaces’ – exploring Mother Clap’s Molly House in Holborn, the traditions of mollies and 18thC gay culture

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10/09/2021

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We've got a pretty cool reading room! Our grade II listed building building was initially a vestry hall, effectively a local town hall for the area of Mile End Old Town.

#ArchiveHoliday #WhyVisitYourArchive

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08/09/2021

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We're a friendly and helpful bunch here at THLHLA who can help you navigate and research the collections. https://orlo.uk/Elnx1
#ArchiveHoliday #WhyVisitYourArchive

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08/09/2021

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What was your favourite subject at school?

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/3gfQ50G682C

#HBAHLearning #ExploreArchives #School #Learning

Sonic Surgery | London Metropolitan Archives
07/09/2021
Sonic Surgery | London Metropolitan Archives

Sonic Surgery | London Metropolitan Archives

Do you have a wealth of records located around the house? Join us to learn how best to preserve your sound collection for years to come.

Photos from Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives's post
06/09/2021

Photos from Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives's post

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
01/09/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
01/09/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

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24/08/2021

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Do you remember which family car you had growing up?

#ExploreArchives #HBAHTransport #Cars #1979 #PublicTransport #Walthamstow

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/wo7T50FUP4U

LGBTQ+ history and archives
24/08/2021
LGBTQ+ history and archives

LGBTQ+ history and archives

Summary of some of the LGBTQ+ history collections and activities at London Metropolitan Archives

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23/08/2021

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Our Heritage Officer, @medha_chotai visits the archives on her holidays. Here she is standing awkwardly at The Archivis'ts Garden at @NatRecordsScot. #ArchiveHoliday #ArchiveTourist

Members Post Lockdown Summer NewsletterNo. 12. Summer 2021Includes:Meet the Board: Georgie Salzedo (Interim Secretary)Lo...
20/08/2021
Archives for London Membership

Members Post Lockdown Summer Newsletter
No. 12. Summer 2021

Includes:
Meet the Board: Georgie Salzedo (Interim Secretary)
London Archive Projects: A Visit to Middle Temple Archives by Dr
Online Seminar in September - St Christopher’s Oral History Project
Lockdown Walkabout Quiz

Many Government restrictions have been lifted now, though life is not quite back to normal. Therefore, we will continue with alternating seminars and newsletters until we are able to meet in person once again. As yet we do not have news of a date for this, but we will let you all know as soon as we have one.

As always though, our message, and that of the Board remain the same - we trust that you are keeping well and safe.
Do please send in any pieces about your archive lives, perhaps even your non archival reading, viewing and listening. It’s always interesting to know what people are accessing, and to learn about new authors or subjects from their experience. Do also send in any suggestions for a subject you would like to know about, or to offer your own article or images.
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For current members, this newsletter will be in your Inbox. If you're not a member, how about becoming one? More details and how to join on our website: http://archivesforlondon.org/membership/
If you were already a member in 2019-20, your membership has been automatically carried over to 2020-21. Your annual membership fee for 2020-21 would therefore be treated as a donation, should you still wish to pay.

If you would like to donate this year, here are the details:
Subscription Rates 2020-21
1. Individual membership - £12
2. Institutional membership (1 or fewer employees) - £20
3. Institutional membership (2 to 5 employees) - £50
4. Institutional membership (6 or more employees) - £100

Membership of AfL is open to all – individuals and institutions. Membership of AfL is a great way of networking and of sharing information with others interested in archives whether archive practitioners or users. It’s a fantastic way of engaging with archive issues and of making a contribution ...

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20/08/2021

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From Millwall to Kent to do some hop-picking. #ArchiveHoliday #ArchiveScenery

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19/08/2021

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Do you think you can read old handwriting? Look at this manuscript (LMA ref. CLC/270/MS01363) and think again…

Reading a manuscript presents a couple of challenges which can be resolved with a little practice, or so they say.

First, you need to decipher the individual characters of the text. Once you have managed to read every single letter you may realise that what you are reading doesn’t make sense. The reason is because there are loads of abbreviations.

These were used by the scribe to write faster and save space while writing; most of the time they take the form of contractions and marks or symbols substitute missing letters; sometimes symbols replace entire words. So, once you have identified the abbreviations you then need to find out what they mean. For that there is even a dedicated dictionary to help you out!

Once you have done that you still don’t understand the words. Why? The text is probably written in Latin! So take out your vocabulary and start to translate the sentence.

We wish you all the best!

#Codicology #Paleography #PreserveHistory
#LoveHistory #ExploreYourArchives #LMAConservation

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19/08/2021

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Two members of the Public Services team are measuring a very long roll from the Court of Orphans collection CLA/002 for a copy order. It is still a requirement for visitors to wear masks (unless exempt) in our public rooms.

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17/08/2021

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It’s the last day of South Asian Heritage Month for this year and we are sharing this report outlining the war record of the Indian Comforts Fund, issued in 1946 (LCC/PC/CHA/04/084)

The Indian Comforts Fund was set up in 1939 as a voluntary organisation run by South Asian and British women to provide humanitarian relief to Indian soldiers and seamen.

Based at India House, Aldwych, the fund worked in close cooperation with the Indian Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Service to provide for the war needs of Indian troops, Indian prisoners of war held in Europe and also Indian seamen stranded for long periods of time in Britain due to disruption of sea routes.

During the course of the war, a staggering 3.3 million food parcels, medical packages and clothing parcels were provided by the fund.

The report is from the collection of the London County Council which registered the Fund under the War Charities Act in 1940, you can read it here, in our Collections Catalogue http://ow.ly/oOp350FGrAs

#SouthAsianHeritageMonth

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
17/08/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

16/08/2021
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10/08/2021

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A boxing class at Bethnal Green Men's Institute in 1939.

#ExploreArchives #Boxing #Boxers #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see our boxing gallery on the London Picture Archive> http://ow.ly/Aaey50FJxcR

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04/08/2021

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August 2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of master wood carver Grinling Gibbons. In this article, we explore his life and legacy, and where he can be discovered in the records held at LMA

Read more > http://ow.ly/W91E50FJe7l

#WoodCarving #GrinlingGibbons #StPaulsCathedral

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04/08/2021

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Opened as the Camberwell Public Baths in 1892, the building is Grade II listed, and was one of the first baths to have electric lighting from its own generator.
There were originally two 37 metre swimming pools, which closed in the winter and had floors laid over to allow the space to be used for indoor cricket and tennis, dances and other events. One pool has been boarded over and is now used as a sports hall, and the other pool has been converted into a 25 metre pool and a 10 metre pool used for teaching, with a balcony overlooking both pools. Now Camberwell Leisure Centre, the building has a gym and offers swimming and fitness lessons.

#Explorearchive #Swimming #SwimmingPools #BoroughOfSouthwark #Camberwell #CamberwellLeisureCentre #GradeIIListed #Olympics #Toyko2020

You can see the image on London Picture Archive>
http://ow.ly/EzgT50FJwrM

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30/07/2021

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Enjoying a picnic at the picturesque Isle of Man as part of the holiday for a group of boys from St. John's Church, Isle of Dogs.

What's your favourite picnic food? I'm partial to a ploughman's sandwich… #ArchiveHoliday #HolidayFood

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
30/07/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

Photos from Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives's post
29/07/2021

Photos from Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives's post

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26/07/2021

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I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICECREAM! 🍦
Hope everyone's keeping cool with some ice-cream in this hot weather! ☀️ 🕶️ #ArchiveHoliday #HolidayFood

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
25/07/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

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23/07/2021

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A hole

You might be forgiven for thinking that this picture is some bark.
This is actually the cover sheet for one of the Middlesex Session Rolls, made from parchment.

Holes can appear in parchment when the skin is stretched during manufacture, usually from a wound in the skin, but occasionally as a result of vigorous scraping. This hole is near the edge of the skin, and the strong lines are likely to have been from folds in the skin around the neck.

In this case, as the edges of the hole are stable we would not infill it as it is not considered to be damage.

#Parchment #LMAConservation #ArchiveConservation #PreserveHistory

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22/07/2021

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Where did you go on your summer holidays when you were growing up?

#HBAHSummer #1917 #ExploreArchives

You can see the image on the London Picture Archive > http://ow.ly/XnG450FzNrW

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21/07/2021

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Fancy fur collared coats and sun hats were all the rage for this trip to Blackpool! #ArchiveHoliday #HolidayFashion

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post
21/07/2021

Photos from London Metropolitan Archives's post

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19/07/2021

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We’re open for everyone, and from today you can use our public desks and Members’ Room and visit our Treasures Gallery without booking. You'll still need to pre-book for our Reading Rooms, Reader Registration and to visit #UnfinishedBusiness and #Paddington: The Story of a Bear.

We’re still asking you to wear a face covering while you’re here, especially when speaking with staff and other users or in a crowded place. Face coverings must continue to be worn in our Reading Rooms unless you’re exempt.

Our piazza is now open and you’re free to explore the Library without our one-way system. Please be considerate of others while you’re here. Find out more about how we’re keeping everyone safe: www.bl.uk/visit/keeping-everyone-safe.

We’re so excited to see you.

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C/o 40 Northampton Road
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General information

Membership of AfL is open to individuals and corporate and incorporate bodies concerned with archives or local history in London. Members include archivists, conservators, information and record managers, local history librarians and users of archives held in the London area. Membership by a corporate or incorporate body entitles all its members whose work or activity is concerned with archives, or related areas to become members. Individual and institutional members have different voting rights. For information about subscription rates and voting rights visit our membership page. The subscription year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:45pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm

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We're sorry to announce, following the postponement of our March events, that for the well-being of our members, visitors and volunteers we will be postponing all #AfLseminars & events until further notice. But #coronavirus will not stop us keeping in touch virtually - we will be working hard to bring you interesting content & we’d love your help! Tell us about your research, past archival visits, or any interesting snippets of #londonhistory that you’ve been itching to talk about! Just PM us or email [email protected] & we'll share content here, on our website https://t.co/00gTtywLm6 & our Twitter feed. Images (out of copyright) also welcome! Help us create a marvellous #AfL community website & increase our online presence! #socialdistancing #StayHomeSaveLives