Roger Schofield Memorial Conference

Conference rearranged for 12 September

14 July 2020

Due to the ongoing uncertainty about travel in the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to hold the conference online.

There will be more details to follow shortly, but we are intending to precirculate presentations or papers from all the speakers, and then hold the conference virtually on the afternoon of September 12th 2020.

Further details will be posted on this website as they become available. If you’ve registered for the conference already, we will be contacting you directly with more information. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the Committee.

Saturday 4th April 2020, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


Our Annual Conference in 2020, in collaboration with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, will be in memory of Roger Schofield, who directed CAMPOP for 20 years and was instrumental in the foundation of LPSS. Additional funding is kindly provided by the British Society for Population Studies, the Economic History Society and the Social History Society.

Everyone is welcome. The conference will be free to attend (with a charge for lunch and refreshments) but you must register in advance. You can find a pre-booking form here as a PDF or an editable MSword document.


9.30-10.00: Registration & Coffee
10.00-10.10: Introduction
10.10-10.50: Professor Richard Smith (Cambridge)

Roger Schofield, historian and demographer: an appreciation  

10.50-11.30: Professor DeLloyd Guth (Manitoba)

Taxation and writs, populations and piss-pots: Roger Schofield measures history

11.30-11.45: Comfort Break
 11.45-12.15: Dr. Rosemary Leadbeater (Oxford Brookes)

I think it highly necessary to have it done before they go out into the World;” inoculation, responsibility and patterns of familial transmission of smallpox

12.15-12.45: Dr. Samantha Williams (Cambridge)

Plague and poor relief in Cambridge, 1665-66

12.45-14.15: Lunch Break (Lunch to be served at 13.15)

LPSS members please note the society’s AGM will be held 12.45-13.15. We hope non-members will use this period as an opportunity to network

 14:15-14:55: Professor David Cressy (Ohio, Claremont Graduate University)

Literacy, Social Structure, and Local Social Dramas

14:55-15.35: Professor David Levine (Toronto)

The Rich Past and Desiccated Future of Parish Register Demography

15.35-16.05: Tea
16.05–16.45: Associate Professor Jim Oeppen (Odense)

Genealogies as a Source for Demographic and Genetic Studies: some estimates of bias.     

16.45–17.25: Professor Simon Szreter (Cambridge)

Early modern family, demography, economy and government policy

17.25–17.30: Closing remarks
17.30–18.30: Drinks reception

May Pickles fund

Thanks to the generosity of one of our former members, we can offer a limited number of student bursaries to cover the refreshment costs and reasonable travel expenses from the May Pickles Fund. For further details please contact conferences[at]