January Seminar – From Big Ben to the Liberty Bell: the archives of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Founded in 1570, Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest manufacturing business still in operation in the United Kingdom. The historic foundry in Whitechapel closed in June 2017. In preparation for the firm’s move, London Metropolitan Archives worked with the company to safeguard its rich business archives and the records are now safely deposited at LMA.

Join us as Richard Wiltshire outlines the history of the firm, highlights from the collection and transfer process, and future plans to provide access to this outstanding collection.

Richard Wiltshire is Senior Archivist for Business Archives at LMA, managed by the City of London Corporation.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019: 18.00 – 19.30 (doors open at 17.30)

Advance booking is essential. Please book your place through Eventbrite http://tinyurl.com/AfLevents 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:

  • 23rd January – From Big Ben to the Liberty Bell: the archives of Whitechapel Bell Foundry
    27th February
    27th March
    24th April
    22nd May
    26th June
    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’ [this is the seminar rescheduled from March following some highly unseasonable snow!].
  • 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


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.