Better late than never – a big thank you to everyone who attended the conference last week. I hope you enjoyed it!

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At long last, the site is up and running for public consumption:


I’d suggest that anyone planning to come to the conference next week takes a few minutes out beforehand to register for a user account so you’ll be able to share the full User Experience.


Please return your registration as soon as possible if you would like to be considered for one of the bursaries.

Registration form (.doc)
Please send to Tim Hitchcock at the address in the form. (NB: this document contains Word macros; if you have any problems with these, please use the alternative pdf version, or if for any reason that isn’t suitable, get in touch with Tim Hitchcock or Sharon Howard as soon as possible.)

Accommodation booking form (.doc)
Send separately to the address at the bottom of the form if you need overnight accommodation (and please remember to tick the relevant box in the registration form).

Provisional Conference Programme (.doc) (updated 11.5.10)


Poster (to follow shortly)

May be subject to minor changes before 5 July, but this is how things should line up.

9:00-9:30: Coffee and Registration

9:30-10:15: Robert Shoemaker: Criminal Lives and the Making of Modern Criminal Justice

10:15-10:45: Coffee

10:45-12:30: Eight short presentations (8 minutes each).

  • Becky DiBiasio: Ghosts and the Old Bailey
  • Janice Turner: “Shifting it for themselves”: Working Women on Rosemary Lane 1737-1755
  • Ernesto Priego: “The Harlot’s Progress”: Bell’s Life in London and the Birth of the British Cartoon
  • Susan Gane: Irish Silk Weavers
  • Melanie Winterbotham: William Winterbotham (1763-1829), Political Prisoner and Ordinary Londoner
  • Margaret Makepeace: The East India Company’s Warehouse Labourers
  • Rachel Ramsey: From Casement to Sashes: How Windows Redefine Crime in Early Modern England

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:25-3:00: Two Parallel Sessions comprising three 20 minute papers each.

    Panel one:

  • Heather Shore: Criminal Connections: Uncovering Plebeian Networks in the Metropolis
  • McDara Dwyer: The Irish Crime Explosion of the 1740’s: Its Origins, Course and the Response, 1736 – 1756
  • Dominic Green: ‘Extraparliamentary Organisation and the Gordon Riots: Who were the Protestant Association?’
    Panel two:

  • Simon Dixon: The Quakers of St Dionis Backchurch, 1690-1714: A Micro Study
  • Ben Heller: Finding Pleasure in Plebeian Lives
  • Louise Falcini: Washerwomen, Laundresses, Barbers and Boot Blacks: the Business of Cleanliness

3:00-3:30: Tea

3:30-4:30: Workshops

  • Shekhar Krishnan: How Urban Historians Can Use the Geospatial Web.
  • Sharon Howard: London Lives and Bastardy

4:30-5:30: Conference panel discussion, shout out

6:00-7:00 Drinks and a light dinner

7:00-8:15: Tim Hitchcock, Renegotiating the Bloody Code: London in the 1780s.

8:15-9:00: Drinks and canapés

(Also available in word format – see links in right sidebar.)

Registration for the conference will be opening very shortly!

I’d just like to remind you that the available bursaries for conference speakers and postgrad students will be distributed on a first come first served basis, so please ensure you get your registration in promptly if you would like one.

In order to ensure that you know straight away when registration opens, you can subscribe to this site’s RSS feed, or (if you don’t know what that means!) just email me at and I’ll drop you a line.

We are delighted to announce that London Lives Unconference has received some assistance with conference costs from JISC.

We have a number of bursaries towards conference registration fees for (a) delegates speaking at the conference and (b) postgrads attending (or speaking at) the conference. These will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

London Lives Unconference is now a one-day conference on 5 July. If you’re thinking of attending, you may be interested to know that THATCamp London 2010 will be taking place at King’s College London on 6-7 July.

THATCamp London is a user-generated “unconference” that will be held on *6-7 July, 2010*, just before Digital Humanities 2010. At DH2010, the world’s premiere academic conference on the Digital Humanities, you will hear papers and see presentations and perhaps give a single talk yourself. At THATCamp, by contrast, you will discuss, build, argue, share, compare, create and hack: every session you attend will also be a session you participate in fully… We fully expect that having both conferences together will spark some exciting new ideas.

The deadline for applications is 10 May, but applying for THATCamp entails little more than writing an informal paragraph or two about what you’d like to discuss, build, or solve.

There is no formal connection between the two events, but if you’ll be coming to LLU and are thinking of going to THATCamp, it may well be worth mentioning when you fill in your THATCamp application (deadline 10 May). If there’s enough interest it’d be great to have a London Lives-related session and discussions at THATCamp.