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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 2011 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.


"Population and transport" will be held at the University of Leicester on Saturday 11th November 2017.

This conference is sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the Friends of the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. It brings together historians working on the link between transport, in various forms, and population, including national overviews and local case studies.

Programme Overview.

Leigh Shaw-Taylor: ‘Introduction to the Transport, urbanization and economic development in England and Wales c.1670-1911 project at the Cambridge Group (Campop)'

Max Satchell: ‘Identifying the trunk roads of early modern England and Wales’

Eduard Alvarez and Xuesheng You: ‘Passenger and freight journeys around England and Wales c. 1680-1830’

Oliver Dunn: ‘Coastal shipping and ports in England and Wales, 1650-1911’

Ken Sneath: ‘Godmanchester on the move: a transport case study’

John Pullin: ‘Nineteenth-century engine drivers: a case study in occupational and residential mobility’

Hannah Reeves: ‘One Big Happy Family? Exploring the idea of the ‘railway family’ in Gloucester, 1900 - 1948’

Colin Pooley: ‘Pedestrian stories: the changing role of walking in urban mobility'

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

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

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