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Events in London
LWMFHS Branch Meetings
Barnet 17 December 8pm: No Meeting
City 31 December 12.30pm: No Meeting
Enfield 2 December 8pm: Christmas Social
Rayners Lane 11 December 8pm: Members’ Christmas Event
Wembley 28 December 8pm: No Meeting
For more details, please see our Meetings Section
All Guildhall Library events for September to December 2015 are online and available to book
Visit: www.ghlevents.eventbrite.co.uk for details of talks and walks. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868
Tuesday 1 December 2-3pm Free. Booking essential
Talk: The 1915 Crew List Project. The official records of men and women employed on British-registered merchant vessels in 1915 have recently been indexed. This talk will look at the significance of these records and some stories uncovered during the project.
Thursday 3 December 2-3pm
Talk: Thames Lightermen. This talk highlights the Watermen and Lightermen’s records held at Guildhall Library and recounts the history of the trade.
Wednesday 9 December 2-3pm
Talk: Battlefield Pilgrimage: an Early History
After WW1 was over, veterans and others started to return to the battlefields, on what became known as ‘pilgrimages’. Hear some stories of visitors from the period 1914-1929 and consider how this may have shaped battlefield tourism today.
Thursday 10 December 2-3pm
Talk: Charles Dickens and his Christmas
Dickens greatly influenced the traditional Christmas. Learn more at this free talk.
LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES
All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk or by telephone: 020 7332 3851
See Eventbrite for a full list of talks, guided walks and tours
Thursday 3 December 3-4pm
Free Talk: Photographing the Home Front: 1939-1945
London suffered the effects of air raids and exhaustive demands placed on its resources. Discover the photos that capture this and the stories they tell.
16 November 2015 to 27 April 2016
Exhibition: War in London Free. LMA reveals the effects of 5 conflicts on Londoners and their city. It is the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids of WW1 and the 75th anniversary of the London Blitz during WW2
CAMDEN LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVES CENTRE
Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA
Exhibition: Camden-Fifty years in pictures. Images of Camden from 1965 to 2015
The Society now has a Facebook Page!
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Members may wish to note that electronic (PDF) versions of METROPOLITAN and a spreadsheet index are now available in the Members' Area (Under Files).
Ancestry releases Electoral Rolls for London
Ancestry have released new data covering the London Electoral Rolls 1835-1965. See
They are name indexed, though like so many scanned documents, the quality of the OCR is bound to vary. I noted that while some Middx records (e.g. for Enfield) are there for the earlier years, they are missing for the more recent period. However, it's a valuable resource allowing you to find addresses in the modern (post censuses) period.