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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

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
15/01/2021

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Tower Hamlets is filled with COVID related signage. From new opening hours, temporary closures and one way system arrows. What signs have you seen? Share them with us here: https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/coronavirus-collection
#Archives #LocalHistory #EastEnd

Wishing a very happy and well-deserved New Year to all of our wonderful members and followers! We hope to be able to see...
01/01/2021

Wishing a very happy and well-deserved New Year to all of our wonderful members and followers! We hope to be able to see more of you in 2021.

Friday marked the 20th anniversary of The National Archives Catalogue Day. This event normally takes place onsite and al...
30/11/2020
Catalogue Day 2020 at The National Archives - The National Archives blog

Friday marked the 20th anniversary of The National Archives Catalogue Day. This event normally takes place onsite and allows family and social historians, academics and archive and information management colleagues with an opportunity to hear about the latest cataloguing and digital initiatives running across the office.

In these challenging times they are not able to host the event at TNA, but have instead produced the first 'digital' event! Follow the link to read and hear about a number of projects currently being undertaken at TNA, together with an external contribution from Caroline Bolton, Senior Archivist at the University of Leeds.

https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue-day-2020/

The final Friday in November traditionally marks the annual Catalogue Day at The National Archives. Indeed, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this popular event, where family historians, academics, researchers and archival and information professionals gather to hear about cataloguing projects and....

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27/11/2020

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Coming up this Friday, a day exploring two major events in London's history - the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz durin...
27/11/2020

Coming up this Friday, a day exploring two major events in London's history - the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz during World War II, and what they meant for Londoners.
Join us and our amazing speakers for Evolution from the Embers.
Tickets and full programme at http://tinyurl.com/AfLevents

London Metropolitan Archives
25/11/2020

London Metropolitan Archives

A book without a cover is a vulnerable book indeed!

This volume of General Court Rough Minutes (1791-1817) from Coram’s Foundling Hospital Archive arrived to the conservation studio without its cover.

The book is a large stationary binding, meaning it was made as a blank book to be used for business accounts, registers, or notes. This volume contains meeting minutes. The first several pages had detached from the rest of the textblock, and as the pages were not numbered, there was a high risk that pages could get lost or be inadvertently rearranged into the wrong order.

Foliation, as part of a conservation treatment, is the act of numbering each folio (as opposed to pagination, which is to number every page). We do this with a soft-leaded pencil. The standard is to use Roman numbers for the endleaves and Arabic numbers for the textblock.

#LMAConservation #BookConservator #ConservationExplained #ConservationForAccess

Gotta love this...
25/11/2020

Gotta love this...

"Hello!

Not only am I adorbs, I'm also a piece of radical history as my #label shows I was born at the East London Federation of Suffragettes' toy factory ❤️

LBTH Archives are looking after me 'til my new home at East End Womens Museum is ready."

#ExploreYourArchive

20/11/2020

The first online #AfLSeminar coming soon - Wednesday 16th December!

We are delighted that historian Ian Stone has offered to give our first online seminar in December. The topic will be the Masons’ Company and Huguenots in early eighteenth-century London.

This seminar will be held on Zoom on 16th December - further details will be made available shortly.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

20/11/2020

Our 7th Lockdown Newsletter is out, and it's a cracker!

We hear from one of our newer Board Members, Miten, on the transition to home working at the Wellcome Library, as well as from colleagues on happenings and developments at the Parliamentary Archives and Salters' Company and an excellent account of an exciting visit (yes that's right - an actual physical visit - remember those?!) to the Marx Memorial Library.

Become a member to receive this latest edition!

Our Subscription Rates for 2020-21 are as follows:
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

Members for 2019/20 have had their membership automatically carried over into 2020/21 - the fee for 2020/21 should therefore be treated as a voluntary donation.

For details on how to join or donate, send us a direct message!

Do you remember your male family members or friends being in the kitchen when you were growing up? Did they cook on a sp...
20/11/2020

Do you remember your male family members or friends being in the kitchen when you were growing up? Did they cook on a special occasions or have a particular dish they were really good at?
#HBAHHome #ExploreArchives

When looking through our collections all the images we could find of people in kitchens at home were of women. We struggled to find any pictures of men in the kitchen.

Do you remember your male family members or friends being in the kitchen when you were growing up? Did they cook on a special occasions or have a particular dish they were really good at?

#HBAHHome #ExploreArchives

London Metropolitan Archives
22/10/2020

London Metropolitan Archives

One of the longest items we hold at London Metropolitan Archives is a plan of the original Blackwall Tunnel (now the Northbound side), with geological information, made for the Chief Engineer’s Department of the London County Council (LCC) in the 1890s.

The plan is made up of 10 separate sheets which have been stuck together, with a total length just short of 10 metres. The dimensions mean that it is both difficult to view and Conserve.

Unfortunately, the plan is Unfit, due to cracks where the sheets have been joined, and the fragile state of the left-hand side of the plan (the North end of the tunnel).

#Conservation #PaperConservation #BlackwallTunnel

22/10/2020

The AfL Lockdown Newsletter is 6 month's old! Where are the months going?!

Lots of Autumnal archival goodness in our October edition, including:
- a blog post introducing the new ‘Sounds From Home’ initiative, the first in a planned series of short video tutorials suggesting creative or practical projects for lockdown, using material from London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) as sources of inspiration;
- an update on The National Archive's program of events and activities for Black History Month running all through October, and
- London Archives news including the latest services to reopen their doors to researchers.

We're always on the look out for new content and images on #historic #London, its #archives and your #research to include - you can send your contributions to our Editors at [email protected].

Become a member to receive this latest edition!
Our Subscription Rates for 2020-21 are as follows:
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

Members for 2019/20 have had their membership automatically carried over into 2020/21 - the fee for 2020/21 should therefore be treated as a voluntary donation.

For details on how to join or donate, send us a direct message!

This is a great little piece from a project completed a few years back about the process of archival cataloguing and the...
13/10/2020
Cataloguing

This is a great little piece from a project completed a few years back about the process of archival cataloguing and the things Archivist's have to bear in mind - we thought our members and followers might it find of interest! https://takingaccountproject.wordpress.com/cataloguing/?fbclid=IwAR0gsCQMyGiTyQe4xrHYk7ZGw-yOZHF3ISMNL0G8ZwkFZH1jHpvkrqL3faQ
#ExploreYourArchive #cataloguing #archives Thanks to Dr Daniella Gonzalez for sharing via the Section for New Professionals (ARA) page!

The Taking Account of our Past project is based on cataloguing the Smith, Son and Wilkie chartered accountants papers. But what is cataloguing and why do we do it? The term ‘cataloguing’ covers a r…

Why not check out our newly-updated LinkedIn page?! We'll post details of our events here as well as on our Twitter and ...
13/10/2020
Archives for London | LinkedIn

Why not check out our newly-updated LinkedIn page?! We'll post details of our events here as well as on our Twitter and Facebook and continue to seek out and engage with like-minded groups and relevant content for you, our lovely members and followers!

Archives for London | 27 followers on LinkedIn | The Independent Voice for Archives in the Capital. For everyone interested in archives in or about London. | Archives for London (AfL) brings together everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts. Through...

The 5th AfL Member's Lockdown Newsletter is out! Filled with lots of #London #archives goodness - and some rather impres...
24/09/2020

The 5th AfL Member's Lockdown Newsletter is out!

Filled with lots of #London #archives goodness - and some rather impressive veg grown by our very own AfL Chair Anne! Plus London Metropolitan Archives has reopened! Now there's some welcome good news...

Here's a sneaky peak of the front page for those of you out there who are somehow still not members of our fantastic group! Join us now to read on! 😉

Contributions welcome - we'll continue this newsletter whilst we can't meet in person. Just PM us to find out where to send content, news or your images from Lockdown.

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24/09/2020

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Are you interested in Bangladeshi community history in the East End and the impact of the 1971 Liberation War?A new arti...
17/09/2020

Are you interested in Bangladeshi community history in the East End and the impact of the 1971 Liberation War?

A new artist led project commemorating the 50th anniversary of Independence needs local people to get involved to explore by exploring these histories with Tower Hamlets Local History Library and the National Portrait Gallery.

Are you interested in the history of the Bangladeshi community in the East End and the impact of the 1971 Liberation War?

Work with us as a paid Citizen Researcher to explore our collections + support a exciting new public art commission as part of our Bangladesh 50 Years Project

Deadline 1st Oct

Full Details: http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cat=15&cid=72099&guide=ArtsInfo
#BD50

London Metropolitan Archives
12/09/2020

London Metropolitan Archives

London is a city that has been shaped by protest and 1840 saw the culmination of years of campaigns against the Slave Trade in Europe and America.

Taking place in Exeter Hall on the Strand, the World Anti-Slavery Convention lasted 12 days. A convention may not appear as a protest like public demonstrations have, but the Convention was an act of dissent, nonetheless.

In 1832 the government introduced several reform acts, one began the process to abolish slavery in the British Empire. In 1834, all enslaved individuals under six were freed, but the majority still were forced to complete ‘an apprenticeship’ for their former master and in reality the transatlantic slave trade still existed.

Transatlantic networks between Britain and the United States fostered much anti-slavery communication. The American Anti-Slavery Society encouraged ‘warfare against the soul-destroying system of slavery’ and appealed to Britain to create a national campaign against slavery in 1840. So later that year the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society organised the World Anti-Slavery Convention.

Over 500 abolitionists from Canada to Mauritius attended the meeting, attracting around 1,000 daily spectators. American and British women delegates appeared on the first day to take their seats as official delegates but after hours of contentious debate organisers made it clear that the meeting was for ‘gentlemen only’. Women were relegated to the spectators’ gallery.

After leaving the convention, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton resolved to hold their own convention back in America and advocate for women’s rights. Eight years later they hosted the Seneca Falls Convention in New York - the first women's rights convention in the US.

The meetings of the Anti-Slavery Society continued to take place at Exeter Hall and their significance meant the phrase ‘Exeter Hall’ became a metonym for the Anti-Slavery lobby.

#Protest #ExeterHall #Reform #AntiSlavery

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
09/09/2020

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part and contributed to our Covid Collecting project, Making History: documenting coronavirus in the East End. Your submissions will help broaden our collections and help future generations understand one of the most significant events this country has ever experienced.

Get involved at: http://ow.ly/a65K50BlJ2u

30/08/2020
Museum of London

Museum of London

Take a look at three remarkable photography series from our collection that capture how Londoners have inhabited their living spaces in the past.

Images by ©Nancy Hellebrand and ©Magda Segal

London Metropolitan Archives
24/08/2020

London Metropolitan Archives

Join our Digital Services team and help us preserve even more extraordinary images of London’s past, like this street scene from Oxford Circus in 1960.

Apply now - jobs.cityoflondon.gov.uk (Search LMA Digital Assistant (UOSH and IL) #jobs

Closing Date: Friday 28 August, 12 Noon

The 4th Issue of our AfL Members Lockdown newsletter is out! August's issue includes a user's view of Archive Service re...
21/08/2020
Archives for London Membership

The 4th Issue of our AfL Members Lockdown newsletter is out!

August's issue includes a user's view of Archive Service responses to the lockdown and pandemic, including efforts to document the period. There is also an update from the Board and details of some excellent initiatives currently going on to get involved in.

For current members, this 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 ...

The 3rd Issue of our AfL Members Lockdown newsletter is out! July's issue includes a report on our recent Women in Engin...
10/07/2020
Archives for London Membership

The 3rd Issue of our AfL Members Lockdown newsletter is out!

July's issue includes a report on our recent Women in Engineering WES Wikithon AfL Practical; some follows ups to our recent talks from Daniel Albon at LMA and historian Dr Ian Stone, and some excellent "archival distractions" online to keep us all informed and entertained!

For current members, this 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 ...

Did you know we have a started a Lockdown Newsletter? https://tinyurl.com/y9u5myn6. In the June issue we have some fanta...
16/06/2020
Archives for London Membership

Did you know we have a started a Lockdown Newsletter? https://tinyurl.com/y9u5myn6.

In the June issue we have some fantastic contributions, including a spotlight on Lambeth Archives a Board Member bio and the intriguing story of an elusive architectural model maker... There'll be an issue a month until we can resume our meetings.

Become a AfL Member for as little as £12 for 20/21 and get access to all issues, past and future.

For our current members, we're rolling membership fees over to 20/21. Members are also very welcome to give their 20/21 fee as a donation to help us out!

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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13/06/2020

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11/06/2020

We're really very excited to announce our first ONLINE #AfLPractical - and it's a Women in Engineering Wikithon! What could be cooler? Head over to our Events page to find out more & REGISTER!

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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.

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Tuesday 09:30 - 19:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 19:30
Thursday 09:30 - 19:30

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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