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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 Childhood and Youth", will be held at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

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

Programme Overview.

Nicholas Orme: 'Medieval Childhood - Dark Age or Golden Age'

Alice Violett: '"I had the run of friendly neighbours' houses": The Influence of Locality on the Only-Child Experience'

Helena Mills: 'Youth in "the so-called swinging sixties": Place, Experience and Memory'

Eric Schneider: 'Understanding changes in children’s health through their growth: The growth of British children 1860-1990'

Heather Shore: 'Artful Dodgers to Hooligans: Changing Perspectives on Juvenile Delinquency, c. 1788–1914'

Maria Marven: 'Missing home: Emotional responses to children's convalescent homes'

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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