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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.


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

This conference is 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. Family, household and community reconstitution has played a major part in local, social and population history since the 1960s. Now fresh possibilities and techniques have opened up with the growing availablity of sources, developments in digitisation, and new debates and analysis. This day conference will bring together varying perspectives and examples of current local studies examining the value of this approach, particularly for the long nineteenth century.

Programme Overview.

Brian Short: Class and power in Edwardian Britain: encountering the Lloyd George valuation survey

Anthea Jones: Gloucestershire and the Lloyd George Valuation: some local studies in a county context

Gary Crossley Kinship reconstituted: a Bodmin Moor parish, 1793-1911

Lyn Boothman: Stability amidst change: population and kinship in Long Melford, Suffolk, 1661-1861

Alison Light: Adrift in time? Anchoring family history in the local and the national

Phil Batman: Sink or swim: families and the collapse of lead mining in Victorian Swaledale

Leigh Shaw-Taylor: Occupation, population and economy: integrating local, regional and national accounts

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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