LAMAS 53rd Local History Conference

Saturday 17 November 2018 10.30am – 6.00pm

Weston Theatre, Museum of London

'An Emporium for many Nations': London shaped by trade

Book tickets via PayPal for £12.50 until 31 October (tickets will be £15 from 1 November):

10.30 Doors open: registration, and displays by societies

11.00 Opening by Taryn Nixon, President of LAMAS

11.10 Session 1: Shaped by Trade

Shaped by trade: the changing topography of the medieval port – Dr Gustav Milne, Project Leader, CITiZAN  

Beating heart of London’s commercial life: unlocking the riches of business archives at London Metropolitan Archives, City of London – Richard Wiltshire, Senior Archivist, LMA

12.20 Keynote Lecture: Eric Williams and William Forbes: copper, colonies, and capital accumulation in London during the Age of Revolutions – Prof Nuala Zahedieh, University of Edinburgh

1.20 LAMAS Publication Awards – introduced by the Chair of LAMAS Local History Committee

1.30 – 2.30pm Lunch break (and opportunity to browse local society displays)

2.30 Session 2: Trading Relationships

The craftsman, the merchant and the labourer: comparing the formation and early history of the Girdlers’, Woolmen and Carters’ – Dr Claire Martin, Independent Researcher

Porters, sugar boilers, stone cutters and surgeons: trades in London on the eve of the Great Fire – Dr John Price, Goldsmiths, University of London

3.45 – 4.15pm Refreshment break (tea and coffee provided)

4.15 Session 3: Islands and Pearls

It is all happening at the western end of the tidal Thames! – Dr Fiona Haughey, Archaeologist and Archaeological Illustrator

The shell trade of London in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – Prof William G Clarence-Smith, SOAS, University of London

5.30  Closing remarks

Local history displays by societies will be on show from 10.30am, before the conference starts at 11.00am, in the Clore Learning Centre, on the floor above the Weston Theatre, where they can be seen throughout the day. Local societies wanting a free exhibition table should contact Local History Conference Display, Pat Gough, 35 Trelawn Road, Leyton, London E10 5QD, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 1 November, with the name of the society and a contact address, email or telephone number. Access to the Museum on the day will not be available before 10.00am

The Museum has disabled parking spaces for blue and orange badge holders, but they need to be booked in advance (limited space) – call Security on 020 7814 5552. Otherwise there is an NCP car park beneath the Museum.

Lunch time refreshments may be bought from the Museum’s cafés and bar. The Clore Learning Centre Lunch Space, above the Weston Theatre, is available for those bringing picnics.

Afternoon tea with biscuits will be provided free of charge in the theatre foyer and upstairs beside the local history displays.

Tickets will be available from 1 September: £12.50 before 31 October, or £15 from 1 November. Tickets can be booked online using the PayPal button above or ordered via post by printing the downloadable order form (208KB).