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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.


"Perspectives on Old Age and Ageing", will be held at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, University of Durham, DH1 3LR, on Saturday 12th November 2016.

This conference is sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. It aims to bring together a diverse and interesting range of speakers in order to present new insights into the varied experience of ageing in Britain from medieval to modern times.

Programme Overview.

Andy Burn: ‘Working into old age in an early industrial town: Newcastle in the seventeenth century’

Christine Seal: ‘Social care of the aged miners and mariners in the North-East’

Tom Heritage: ‘The living arrangements of the elderly in the 1851 and 1891 census enumerators’ books for Hertfordshire’

Frances Richardson, ‘The elderly poor of north-west Wales in the New Poor Law era’

Andrew Gritt and Lewis Darwen: ‘Urban poverty, welfare and the elderly in the 1840s’

Deborah Thorpe: ‘Disordered Quills: Ageing, neurological disorders, and the features of medieval handwriting’

Barbara Crosbie: ‘“Rebels against Time”: ageing votaries of fashion in eighteenth-century England’

A 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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