The Journal

The journal Local Population Studies was first published as a newsletter and magazine in 1968, and later became a formal historical journal. It is published twice a year, and is unique in its focus on population and society in a local and a community context. Subscription to Local Population Studies is included in membership of the LPSS.

We welcome submissions of research articles and shorter pieces to the journal. If you are interested in submitting your work, please see the submit an article page.

Accessing the LPS journal online

Recent issues of the journal can be downloaded by subscribers at the Ingenta Connect website ( You will need to register your details with Ingenta to get access to these issues, and they will then check your membership status with LPSS. Please read this document for more detailed instructions on how to access the current journal issues online.

You will need to ‘refresh’ your LPS registration with Ingenta every year after the 1st of May by logging into your account on the IngentaConnect website and adding LPS as one of your journals.

The Society has also made older issues of the Journal freely available on the Society website, although they have not yet been transferred over to this new site. If you would like a copy of a specific article, please contact web[at]

Current issue

Local Population Studies Number 99 (Autumn 2017): The New Poor Law: Regional and Local Perspectives

Contents include:
Steven King, Thinking and Rethinking the New Poor Law
Karen Rothery, ‘Who Do They Think They Are?’ An Analysis of the Boards of Guardians in Hertfordshire
Peter Jones, The New Poor Laws in Scotland, England and Wales: Comparative Perspectives
Alistair Ritch, New Poor Law Medical Care in the Local Health Economy
Cara Dobbing, The Circulation of Pauper Lunatics and the Transitory Nature of Mental Health Provision in Late Nineteenth Century Cumberland and Westmorland
Simon A. Gallaher, Children and Families in the Workhouse Populations of the Antrim, Ballymena, and Ballymoney Poor Law Unions in the Mid Nineteenth Century
Regular features: Correspondence, Review of Periodical Literature