AfL Summer Soirée – Keats House

Join us as we gather for our annual Summer Soirée, this year hosted at Keats House in Hampstead!

A warm welcome awaits us from Keats House Curator Rob Shakespeare: he will tell us about the house, Keats’ life and escort us around the house and displays of the extensive collections.

The Keats House collection is comprised of an enormous variety of Keats related material including books, paintings and everyday household items which might have been used in the house at the time. Some of the original material includes letters written by Keats, books in which Keats wrote some of his poetry, and the engagement ring given by Keats to his fiancée, Fanny Brawne.

Musical entertainment by the Gibbs Classical Quartet.

Advance booking is essential.

£6 members, £12 non members

Please book your place through Eventbrite or by telephoning Alex Fisher (AfL Secretary) on 020 7594 8818.

Maps, Minutes and Miscellany: a Museum Archive

Wednesday 24th June 2019, 18.00 – 19.30 (doors open at 17.30)
Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives.

Gunnersbury Park Museum, a local history museum serving the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, celebrates its 90th birthday in October. For the first time in the museum’s history it has a professional archivist working through its eclectic archival collections, which span everything from meeting minutes reporting the sudden death by lightning of sheep hired to keep the park in order, to ‘How to Stalk’ – instructions for local residents on how to tackle potential invading German soldiers during the Second World War.

Senior Curator Julia Tubman will present some of the archival gems unearthed over the last year, on behalf of archivist Kathryn Rooke.

Advance booking is essential. Please book your place through Eventbrite or by telephoning Alex Fisher (AfL Secretary) on 020 7594 8818.

Free for AfL members, £6 for non-members.


We have a whole host of exciting seminars coming up.  Tickets are normally released on Eventbrite around one month before the seminar.  Our membership secretary will email members when ticket sales go live.  Seminars are usually held at the London Metropolitan Archives with doors opening at 5.30pm for a start time of 6pm. Here are some dates for your diaries:

24th July – Maps, Minutes and Miscellany: a Museum Archive

Past Seminars include:

  • 6th September – ‘Saved from a skip and selected in a Swiss chateau: the curious journeys of archive collections at the Charles Dickens Museum’
  • 4th October – ‘The Extraordinary Records in the London Metropolitan Archives for the Rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire.’
  • 1st November – ‘Mapping history with The Layers of London Project: partnership, public engagement and the art of looking up.’
  • 6th December – Archives of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
  • 23rd January – From Big Ben to the Liberty Bell: the archives of Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
  • 27th February – Alderman Arnold fitz Thedmar – London’s first civic historian.
  • 27th March – Is it really Albert’s Hall? How one woman’s determination shaped the evolution of the arts and sciences in South Kensington.
    24th April – The Turner Bequest at the National Gallery.
  • 22nd May – London Unspooled: Sounds from the Strongrooms
  • 26th June -The Health of Children in Institutional Care in London 1890-1920


We run workshops for professional archivists and archives users based on the needs of our membership.  While we have none currently planned, we would like to hear from you if you have a particular skill or topic you would like to see covered.  You can contact us here.