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Local Population Studies Society


Forthcoming conferences:


"The New Poor Law"

"The New Poor Law", will be held at the University of Winchester, on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

This conference is sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. It brings together several historians who have worked on aspects of the New Poor Law during the past two decades with the aim of assessing our knowledge of its operation and impact. The Keynote Address will be given by Prof. Steven King, of the University of Leicester who has written extensively on the Poor Law, both Old and New, and who is a former member of the Editorial Board of Local Population Studies.

Programme Overview.

Steven King: Keynote lecture

Martin Byers: ‘The principle of less eligibility and its application under the New Poor Law’

Karen Rothery: ‘Who do they think they are? An analysis of the Boards of Guardians in Hertfordshire’

Peter Jones: ‘Pauper voices and the New Poor Law’

Alistair Ritch: ‘Medical care under the New Poor Law’

Johanna Purser: ‘The workhouse population of the Nottingham Union, 1881-1882'

Simon Gallaher: ‘Children and families in Irish workhouses 1850-1914’

Andrew Hinde: ‘Hampshire workhouse populations revisited: reflections on what we have learned about the populations of workhouses in the mid-nineteenth century’

A programme with booking form is available here.


Recent conferences:


"Perspectives on Old Age and Ageing"

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

This conference was sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. It presented new insights into the varied experience of ageing in Britain from medieval to modern times.

A detailed programme is available here.

"Perspectives on Childhood and Youth"

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

This conference was sponsored by the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education and the Local Population Studies Society. It presented new insights into the varied experience of childhood and youth in England from medieval to modern times.

A detailed programme is available here.

"Community, Family and Kin: current themes and approaches"

"Community, Family and Kin: current themes and approaches", was held at the Fraser Noble Building, 2 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RB, on Saturday 7th November 2015.

This conference was organised by the British Association for Local History, the Local Population Studies Society, and the Friends of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.

A detailed programme is available here.

"New approaches to Old Data"

"New approaches to Old Data", was held at the Department of Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, on Saturday 18 April 2014.

A detailed programme is available here.

"New Research in Population Studies "

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

November 2014 Conference was sponsered by: Economic History Society

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A detailed programme is available here.

"Populations in Crisis, from Medieval to Modern"

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

A detailed programme with booking form is available here.

"Immigrant Communities in Britain"

"Immigrant Communities in Britain", was held at Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, on Saturday 16th November 2013

A detailed programme is available here.

"Urban Mortality in Britain"

"Urban Mortality in Britain", was held at the Friends Meeting House, 173-77 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ on Saturday 13th April 2013.

The programme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"New Research in Local Population Studies"

"New Research in Local Population Studies", was held at the Gipsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, on 3rd November 2012.

The programme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Regional Development in Industrialising Britain, c.1670-1860"

"Regional Development in Industrialising Britain, c.1670-1860" was held at Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6BX on Saturday 21st April 2012

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Death and Disease in the Community, 1400-2010"

"Death and Disease in the Community, 1400-2010" was held at Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester, Marc Fitch Historical Institute, 5 Salisbury Road Leicester, LE1 7QR on Saturday 12th November 2011

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Domestic Service in England, 1600-2000"

"Domestic Service in England, 1600-2000" was held at Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6BX on Saturday 16th April 2011

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Occupation and Life Experiences"

"Occupation and Life Experiences" was held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ on Saturday 6th November 2010

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Famine, Diet and Nutrition"

"Famine, Diet and Nutrition" was held at the The Law Faculty, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR on Saturday 17th April 2010.

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Local Populations and their Institutions"

"Local Populations and their Institutions" was held at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EN on Saturday 21st November 2009.

The programmme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Household Economies and Household Structures in Britain"

"Household Economies and Household Structures in Britain" was held at the The Law Faculty, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR on Saturday 18th April 2009.

Attendees at April 09 Conf

The programme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

"Is all population history local population history?"

"Is all population history local population history?" was held at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Sheffield, on 15 November 2008.

Attendees at Novembers Conf

The programme is available here.

The Conference report is available here.

Last updated: January 2016.


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