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Local Population Studies Society

The Local Population Studies Society (LPSS) is the United Kingdom's only charity solely devoted to the promotion of all aspects of historical demography in a local context. It publishes the internationally renowned journal Local Population Studies, and has an eclectic publications programme. LPSS organizes themed conferences on topics related to local populations in the past. Members of LPSS receive two copies of the journal and two newsletters each year, membership of the LPSS Book Club and advance notice of the LPSS conferences.

This website contains information about the Society and its outputs. The main feature of this site is the archive of back issues of the journal Local Population Studies. The issues covering publication from 1968 to 2008 are available free of charge on this site, though the Society welcomes orders for print copies of both those present on this site and those presently unavailable on this site.


"New Research in Population Studies", will be held at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, on Saturday 1st November 2014. The programme.

Speakers include:

Panel One: Occupations locally and regionally,
Keith Sugden (University of Cambridge),‘The impact of the mechanisation of the English textile industry upon female and male occupations, c.1780-1851’.
Sebastian Keibek (University of Cambridge), ‘Occupational developments in early modern England’.
Andy Burn (University of Durham), ‘“Without the walls but within the liberties of ... Newcastle upon Tyne”: the geography of work in England's seventeenth-century coal capital’.

Keynote speaker
Professor Richard Smith: ‘Migration, mortality and medicalisation: investigating the long-run epidemiological consequences of urbanisation 1600-1945’

Panel Two: Social mobility
Diane Russell (Bath Spa University), ‘Harnessing success? Female business mobility in Bath and Cheltenham c.1800-1851’.
Sean Hladkyj (University of Southampton), Sean Hladkyj, ‘Social mobility in late-nineteenth century England’.

A detail programme, with booking form, is available from the conference page here.

NEWSLETTER: Committee member Gillian Chiverton is editor of the LPSS Newsletter. She would warmly welcome any contributions. Please email contributions to

Details of the Roger Schofield Local Population Studies Research Fund are now available on this site.

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