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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.


"Populations in Crisis, from Medieval to Modern", will be held at the Department of Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, on Saturday 3rd May 2014.

Speakers include:
David Stone (Cambridge), "Drought and Agriculture in England, c. 1320-40",
Sean McGlynn (Open University), "Depopulation and Wastelands: The Effects of Ravaging in Medieval England and France",
Tiffany Shumaker (Oxford), "Women and Children’s Work in the Crisis of the 1590s",
Brodie Waddell (Birkbeck), "Counteracting Crisis: Evidence from Parish Poor Relief Records, c.1600-1800",
Virginia Crossman (Oxford Brookes), "Social and Demographic Responses to the Great Famine in Ireland",
Annie Tindley (Dundee), "Populations in Crisis in the Scottish Highlands, c. 1855-1880: origins, philosophies and responses". 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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