Recent conferences

Normally, the Society arranges two conferences a year in different UK towns and cities. They cover a variety of themes relevant to population and social history, with speakers interested in local, national and international history.

Details of a few of our recent conferences are below. For more information, please contact conferences@localpopulationstudies.org.uk


Historical sources and their use in local population studies

Rewley House Courtyard. Stephen Griffin, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Autumn 2018 conference, held at Rewley House in Oxford, included papers on apprenticeship and legal records, maps, and population lists, from new and established scholars. The programme is available here.

 


Historical demography, the local dimension — retrospect and prospect

Cambridge University, Department of Geography, Saturday 21 April 2018. The conference was sponsored by the Local Population Study Society and the Centre for the History of Population and Social Structure at the University of Cambridge (CAMPOP). The conference included presentations giving an overview of population history, a panel discussion about how non-academic historians became involved in the subject, and the launch of CAMPOP’s new website, populationspast.org.


Population and Transport

University of Leicester, Saturday 11 November 2017. This conference was sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the Friends of the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester, and included historians working on the link between transport, in various forms, and population, including national overviews and local case studies.


The New Poor Law

University of Winchester, Saturday 22 April 2017. This conference was sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society, the Wessex Centre for History & Archaeology, and the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. It brought 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. A detailed programme is available here.


Perspectives on Old Age and Ageing

St Mary’s College, University of Durham, Saturday 12 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.