Past Events

London Record Society 56th AGM & Book Launches 2021

The 56th AGM of the Society was held on 29 November 2021 and attended by 28 members.  The Mercers’ Company very kindly made their hall available for both the meeting and the launch of two of the Society’s volumes and provided wine for the party following the AGM. Publication of both these volumes had been delayed by the pandemic, which has, among other things, interrupted travel arrangements and the editors’ ability to access the archives.  Nevertheless, Professor Jerry White, one of the Honorary General Editors, was able to announce that the next volume (for 2021), The Records of the Jesus Guild, c.1450-1550 (An edition of Bodleian Ms Tanner 221 and Associated Records), edited and with an introduction by Elizabeth New, would appear in March 2022. It presents the records (mainly accounts, but with a variety of other statutes, deeds and miscellanea) that relate to the Guild of the Holy Name of Jesus that met in the crypt of Old St Paul’s before the dissolution of the fraternities in the late 1540s. This guild represented the corporate expression of a ‘cutting edge’ orthodox devotion that not only attracted members from the upper ranks of London society but also contrived to derive support from men and women of all degrees across the whole country. As well as shedding valuable light on aspects of the devotional life shared by some of London’s most influential citizens, the guild’s records also illuminate many aspects of the City’s economy and on the personal relations between London citizens, as well as yielding a valuable impression of how a fraternity with a national appeal was in fact organised. The next volume of medieval material will be the first part of Caroline Metcalfe’s two-volume edition of the Brewers’ Book, publishing the materials compiled by William Porlond, the clerk of the Brewers’ company, and reflective of the company’s affairs between 1418-25.  The second volume will present the materials surviving until c.1440. These volumes will contain the statutes of the company along with a miscellany of accounts and memoranda as drafted by Porlond, before the materials would have been copied into a (now lost) ‘fair copy’.  The surviving material reveals much concerning both the management of the craft and the conduct of its members. If London’s crafts constituted the bedrock both of the City’s economy and of its political life, to have such a book revealing how such an association was managed, how its members behaved (or misbehaved) and how they conceived of themselves within the various competing elements of the contemporary townscape will be of immense interest and value. The Society has a number of Modern Records in the prospective publishing programme. Professor Anna Vaninskaya of Edinburgh University is editing a collection of Russian journal articles describing life in the East End among Russian (mainly Jewish) migrants in the early years of the twentieth century; these are journalistic pieces never published in English before. Subsequent projects include:
  • a new edition organised by Sarah Clarke of The Giulianiad with the Guitarist’s Companion and Musical Herald, originally edited by the guitar virtuoso and teacher Ferdinand Pelzer, who made a major contribution to domestic music life in London in the 1840s;
  • documents from the nightly watch of St James’s Piccadilly from the end of the eighteenth century into the post-Napoleonic period, to be edited by Elaine Reynolds, offering insights into frontline policing in the late-Georgian ‘West End of the Town’;
  • and the diary of the Ordinary of Newgate in the 1820s and 1830s offering insights into life (and death) in London’s most important prison, to be edited by Simon Devereaux.

The AGM was followed by the launch of volume 54 (for 2019) and 55 (for 2020), Thomas Kytson’s ‘Boke of Remembraunce’, 1529 to 1540, ed. Colin J. Brett and The London Jubilee Book, 1376-1387, ed. Caroline M. Barron and Laura Wright. Dr Hannes Kleineke, until his recent resignation the Honorary General Editor responsible for Medieval Records, introduced volume 54.  It contains much more than just the records produced by the mercer Thomas Kytson for the years 1529 to 1540; not only lists written by Kytson’s clerks of goods shipped to the markets in the Low Countries between 1512 and 1529, but also the account written by Kytson’s nephew covering the Sinxten Mart in 1536. Professor Caroline Barron introduced the Jubilee Book. This is the transcript of a copy of this London custumal, probably before it reached its final form. The official copy of the Jubilee Book was publicly burnt in 1387, only nine years after it was compiled. The recently discovered surviving copy has considerable value for understanding the politics of London and the aspirations of at least some Londoners in the later fourteenth century. Dr Laura Wright then explained how the language of the fifteenth-century copy illuminates its origins. New Trustees Professor David Hancock, Professor Katherine French, Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon, and Professor Rohan McWilliam New Publications volume 55   The London Jubilee Book: An edition of Trinity College Cambridge MS O.3.11,             folios 133-157, Caroline M. Barron and Laura Wright’ Online Publications Volumes 1 to 45 are also available to view online at British History Online.

AGM Papers

2021 AGM Agenda 2021 Hon Secretary’s and Hon Membership Secretary’s Report 2021 Hon General Editors’ Report  2020 AGM Draft Minutes 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020

The annual general meeting of the London Record Society was held via Zoom on 19 October.  The following documents are available: AGM agenda 2020 2020 Secretaries’ Reports AGM Minutes 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

The 54th Annual General Meeting of the London Record Society was held at 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF, on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 5.30pm. The AGM was followed by a talk: The Architecture of Bedford Square, by Andrew Byrne, at 6.30pm, with drinks to follow. Attachments: AGM agenda 2019 AGM Minutes 2018

Launch of the Dinner Book of The London Draper’s Company

The Council of the London Record Society held the launch of vol. 53
Monday 8 April 2019 Drapers’ Hall Throgmorton Avenue London EC2N 2DQ By kind invitation of the Master and Wardens of the Drapers’ Company

Question and Answer Session with the Director and Staff of the London Metropolitan Archives

Tuesday 18th September 2018, at 6.30pm This will be preceded by the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the London Record Society at 5.45pm. Location: Huntley Room, 1st Floor London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB. AGM Materials

The London Diary of Anthony Heap 1931-1945: the thirties and the war years of a life-long St Pancras resident

a talk by Dr Robin Woolven was  held to launch the London Record Society’s latest publication on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 7.30pm
Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead London NW3 1LT


The next AGM was held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 6.30 pm (i.e. immediately before the above talk).

Public Lecture: ‘Familiar Sounds, Footer Boys, and the Long Haired Chums – Growing up in Brixton 1910–1913’

Angels Voice

Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 7.00pm

Trinity Congregational Church, St Matthew’s Road, Brixton, London SW2 1NF tube: Brixton (Victoria line). Copies of the new London Record Society edition of The Angels’ Voice: A Magazine for Young Men in Brixton, London, 1910-1913 will be available for sale. Refreshments available, all welcome.

2016 Annual General Meeting

The 51st Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at 6pm at Trinity Congregational Church, St Matthew’s Road, Brixton, London SW2 1NF – immediately before the talk. All members of the Society are invited to attend.