The Health of Children in Institutional Care in London 1890-1920

Wednesday 26th June 2019, 18.00 – 19.30 (doors open at 17.30)
Huntley Room, London Metropolitan Archives.

Using documents held in the London Metropolitan Archives, Dr Schneider will explore the health of children living in state and charitable institutions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing primarily on Poor Law Schools and the Foundling Hospital. Dr Schneider will use the tools of modern epidemiology to consider the health of children before they entered institutions, the children’s treatment inside the institutions and the factors influencing child health at the time.

Eric Schneider is an Associate Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has wide-ranging research interests related to health, demography, living standards and economic growth and development. His current research focuses on the history of health with particular interest in how children’s health has changed over time.

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:

26th June -The Health of Children in Institutional Care in London 1890-1920
24th July –

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


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.