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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.
The governing body of AfL is the Board, made up of up to 14 directors or trustees.
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AfL arranges activities, communications and meetings for its entire constituency, but also supports specialised activities and groups. There is provision for the organisation of sections of AfL for practitioners and users.

31/10/2019

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At our next seminar, we will be joined by Robin Warren and Kate O’Neill who are currently working on the ‘Unlocking Our ...
13/05/2019
Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

At our next seminar, we will be joined by Robin Warren and Kate O’Neill who are currently working on the ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ project at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

This UK-wide project led by the British Library and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund aims to preserve the nation's ‘rare and unique’ sound recordings and open them up to everyone. The work is being delivered by a consortium of institutions including LMA.

For details and to book please visit out Events page.

For further information about the project, please see the British Library’s website: https://www.bl.uk/projects/unlocking-our-sound-heritage.

Unlocking our Sound Heritage is a UK-wide project that will help save the nation’s sounds and open them up to everyone.

06/09/2018

Looking forward to this one!

Our 2018 Conference "Women in London: Celebrating 100 Years of Campaigning and Change" is now open for bookings! See our...
04/09/2018

Our 2018 Conference "Women in London: Celebrating 100 Years of Campaigning and Change" is now open for bookings! See our Events page for details and we hope to see you there!

30/06/2018

Join us on Thursday 5th July at LMA when we will be hearing about the Protestation Returns and the work being done at the Parliamentary Archives to digitise and make them accessible! For more details see our Events page.

28/02/2018

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel tomorrow's seminar due to the bad weather.

Apologies to all who have booked to attend - we will aim to reschedule for later in the year.

25/12/2017

Wishing all of our members and followers a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year! Stay tuned for details of the exciting programme of events we are planning for 2018! We return for our first seminar on Thursday 11th January - see our Events page for details! #AfLSeminar #archives #London #history

For our first #AfLSeminar for 2018 we'll be joined by Adrian Steel from the The Postal Museum, who will be introducing t...
18/12/2017
Archives for London

For our first #AfLSeminar for 2018 we'll be joined by Adrian Steel from the The Postal Museum, who will be introducing the new museum, and taking us on the 7 month journey of transformation to get there. Join us! Thursday 11th January 2018 @ 6pm - book via our Eventbrite page: http://tinyurl.com/AfLevents

AfL brings together people who love archives - users, practitioners, enthusiasts, volunteers, educators... anyone who is a passionate about getting more out of the historical documents, photographs and films in and about our capital city. Join us! If you like our events - why not becoming a member?�...

The University of Strathclyde are running a FREE 6 week online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called 'Genealogy: Rese...
29/06/2017
Online Genealogy Course - Researching Your Family Tree

The University of Strathclyde are running a FREE 6 week online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called 'Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree' which starts on the 3rd of July.

Develop your understanding of genealogy. Uncover your ancestors’ past and create a meaningful family history or family tree.

The course is delivered through storytelling, discussion, visible learning and using community support to celebrate progress...and you can learn from anywhere in the world

The course does not concentrate on a specific country’s records or how to source these, so it will be useful for anyone around the world, and is ideal if you:

- have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
- have some experience with genealogical research, but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
- are a more experienced genealogical researcher with limited access to training and development, who wants to learn new techniques.

For more details and to book a place, please visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy.

You can also follow the course via #FLgenealogy.

Uncover your ancestors’ past, research your family tree and tell your family history. Join an online genealogy course from the University of Strathclyde.

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06/05/2017

Archives for London

13/04/2016
New membership year; don’t miss out on your AfL events | Archives for London

It's April and time to renew your AfL membership folks - individual membership is the cost of just two seminars and lasts all year. More details at www.archivesforlondon.org/news

At just £12 for an individual member it really does represent great value for money, getting you into AfL seminars completely free of charge and with great discounts for our annual conference and the new AfL practicals – a brand new series launched for 2016-17.

23/09/2015

Due to low numbers the AfL conference on September 25th and October 2nd has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that some of the speakers may be able to make a presentation at future AfL seminars.

Exciting news about the discovery of a new edition of the Magna Carta, especially after Geoff Pick's fascinating AfL tal...
09/02/2015
Magna Carta worth £10m found in council archives - Telegraph

Exciting news about the discovery of a new edition of the Magna Carta, especially after Geoff Pick's fascinating AfL talk last Thursday

Forgotten version of historical parchment that established principle of rule of law discovered in files of history department of Kent County Council in Maidstone

Timeline Photos
23/12/2014

Timeline Photos

Love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s ...
17/12/2014
Art and artists | Tate

Love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from William Nicholson to his son Ben are among the first batch of items to be made available on Tate’s website as part of their 'Archives and Access' project.

Tate Archive contains a wealth of material on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain from 1900 to the present day. We have over one million items including letters, writings, sketchbooks, artworks, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera, and press cuttings.

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18/11/2014

Tina

Sad and disappointing news about the proposed closure of the Imperial War Museum Library
10/11/2014
War museum library set for closure

Sad and disappointing news about the proposed closure of the Imperial War Museum Library

Plans to close the Imperial War Museum library are being opposed with the launch of a petition.

The Wellcome Library is funding a new partnership to digitise 800,000 pages of mental health archives. The press release...
25/10/2014
Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Library is funding a new partnership to digitise 800,000 pages of mental health archives. The press release gives more information about the project and partners involved (including London Metropolitan Archives)

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds.

Some great events taking place in London as part of #BlackHistoryMonth including 'Black Londoners and the London Metropo...
07/10/2014
Southwark Presents - Homepage

Some great events taking place in London as part of #BlackHistoryMonth including 'Black Londoners and the London Metropolitan Archive: A talk by Maureen Roberts' a free talk this Thursday, 7pm at John Harvard Library, Borough High Street

Southwark Presents

15/09/2014
Through the Door: Hackney Archives and Simon Jenner

There's still places available for Poet Simon Jenner's talk at Hackney Archives on Wednesday, which is part of 'Through the Door' a collaboration between AfL and Poet in the City. You can book a free place at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-asyla-poetry-from-the-refuge-for-the-destitute-tickets-12636621475

This is "Through the Door: Hackney Archives and Simon Jenner" by Poet in the City on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

There's still some time to reserve your place for tomorrow's seminar on Maps and their untold stories. Tomorrow is also ...
03/09/2014
Mapping London - Totally Thames

There's still some time to reserve your place for tomorrow's seminar on Maps and their untold stories. Tomorrow is also the opening of 'Mapping London' an exhibition of rare maps of London from 1572 to 2013 as part of the #TotallyThames festival.

An annual September-long celebration of London’s Thames featuring amazing art, performances, music, foreshore treasure hunts and get-on-the-river fun.

AfL's September seminar will look at maps and their various forms and uses. In anticipation of this talk on the fascinat...
18/08/2014
She knew it like the back of her hand … | The National Archives blog

AfL's September seminar will look at maps and their various forms and uses. In anticipation of this talk on the fascinating world of maps why not have a read of this blog post about a highly unusual glove map held at the National Archives

The National Archives holds a vast accumulation of historic maps but few are as unusual as this one (document reference EXT 11/159). It’s a leather glove p

Great looking festival taking place 1-10 August celebrating 100 years since the East London Federation of Suffragettes w...
29/07/2014
Programme

Great looking festival taking place 1-10 August celebrating 100 years since the East London Federation of Suffragettes was established in Bow by Sylvia Pankhurst. Includes 'Explore Tower Hamlets WWI Archive' this Saturday

FRIDAY 1 AUGUST Women’s Activism Film Night An evening of extracts and shorts focussing on images of women’s struggle, political activism and filmmaking. The first half of the programme presents...

Great news-300,000 original documents put online by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to make it easier for familie...
09/07/2014
New websites to help families find graves of first world war dead

Great news-300,000 original documents put online by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to make it easier for families to find relatives killed in #WorldWar1

Commonwealth War Graves Commission puts 300,000 original documents online for public viewing for the first time

Love this animated film created by Aardman for the opening of the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Muse...
08/07/2014
First World War Galleries

Love this animated film created by Aardman for the opening of the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum (happening on July 19th)

Discover the story of the First World War through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and the home front.

Happy 120th birthday to Tower Bridge! There are some fascinating alternate designs showcased on HistoryToday's blog in c...
30/06/2014
Alternative Designs for Tower Bridge | History Today

Happy 120th birthday to Tower Bridge! There are some fascinating alternate designs showcased on HistoryToday's blog in celebration

London's Tower Bridge, which turns 120 years old on June 30th, is one of the most recognisable crossings in the world.

16 reworked images have been released by the Museum of London Docklands composed of historic and new photographs of Lond...
27/06/2014
Bridging London's river history

16 reworked images have been released by the Museum of London Docklands composed of historic and new photographs of London bridges. See some of them online here and the rest at their free exhibition 'Bridge' which opens today

The Museum of London Docklands exhibits images composed of old and new views of some of the capital's most famous bridges.

26/06/2014
Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944 | The National Archives

#Onthisday in 1857 the first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park took place with Queen Victoria presenting the awards. Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944 are held at The National Archives and can be searched online

These records in series WO 98 are the registers of the Victoria Cross between 1856 and 1944.

#Onthisday in 1717 the first Masonic Grand Lodge (now the United Grand Lodge of England) in the world was founded in Lon...
24/06/2014
Resources - The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

#Onthisday in 1717 the first Masonic Grand Lodge (now the United Grand Lodge of England) in the world was founded in London. You can learn more about the history of Freemasonry as well as the Lodge's archive and other collections on their website

Resources A small number of research resources are available online at this site in addition to the catalogue of books, archives and objects. Click any link for more… » Lane’s Masonic Records » Masonic Periodicals Online » Sportsmen in English lodges » Freemason Fellows of the Royal Society (pdf) »…

Lord's celebrates bicentenary today with MCC playing Hertfordshire in a repeat of the original opening match played on J...
22/06/2014
Lord's ready for 200th anniversary

Lord's celebrates bicentenary today with MCC playing Hertfordshire in a repeat of the original opening match played on June 22 1814. For AfL's July seminar, MCC's archivist, Robert Curphey, will be talking about the archive collections of this prestigious club.

West Indies legend Brian Lara will be in action on Sunday as Lord's hosts a special match to celebrates its 200th anniversary.

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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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