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Metropolitan History
The Survey of London: methods and sources for recording the development of London’s fabric
Peter Guillery and Philip Temple (Survey of London, English Heritage)
12 October 2011 

Peter Guillery starts by telling his listeners what the survey of London is about.  Founded in 1894 to focus on the east end of London the survey soon grew to take in London as a whole.  The first publication named An object Lesson in National History focused on Trinity Hospital, Mile End road which was at that time threatened with demolition (the publication helped to save the building).  The focus then turned to parish studies but still narrowly focused on architecture.  Guillery discusses the trends and ownership changes that the survey underwent during its long history and which eventually lead to its ownership by English Heritage and it’s widening out to encompass the urban history and the built environment of London in general.  Guillery also mentions where the survey is heading at present and in the future.

Philip Temple discusses and gives details on the content and use of four sources used in the survey: rate books (areas of land, houses value in parishes); Middlesex Deeds Register (single most important source for building history of London north of the Themes); monthly returns by district surveyors; valuation office field books (records of individual properties and the increase/decrease of their value). 

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The summer hiatus has proven very useful to completing work on several reports. The most significant of which is my analysis of the survey that I advertised back in May/June on this blog.

The results were fantastic. We received a response from 301 academics. Most were historians from across the UK but we also got some feedback from a few archaeologists, English scholars and historians from other parts of the world. A big thank you to everyone who took part!

The results show that there is indeed a strong interest in podcasting the IHR seminars (big relief here!) and that people are interested in the possibilities of interacting on an online space to further research and to make new contacts.

Particularly welcome was the potential for those outside of London to be able to take part in the IHR’s seminars. There were some concerns raised as well – issues related to plagiarism and the effect podcasting might have on the seminars themselves. This is all contained in the report which I have posted below.

As advertised with the survey one lucky respondent won a one year subscription to the IHR journal Historical Research. I am pleased to announce that our winner was Nell Darby. Congratulations!

I’m now on holiday for a week, enjoying what I hope will still be England’s sunniest summer for a long time. When I get back my main focus will be to work with ULCC on creating the platform and writing up lots of text to appear on the website.

More soon.

IHR Online Research Seminar Delivery Survey (29 July 2010)

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Hi all. Just a gentle reminder that our survey about podcasts and the online delivery of seminars will finish this coming Wednesday (9 June 2010).
Remember, by filling in this survey you can be put into a draw to win a one year subscription to the Historical Research Journal as well as help the IHR with its online digital projects.
We have already received a brilliant response, so I would also like to thank everyone who has so far taken part.


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Hi everyone,

I thought it was well past time that I made another update to this blog.  We are still carrying out initial research into the state of exisiting online delivery of seminars including, specifically, podcasting.  Its not long now until we’ll have something tangible to show for these efforts but in the meantime we have prepared a short survey questionnaire which I would be very grateful if you could take part.   

The IHR would be very interested in your opinions in relation to this project and podcasting in general. We particularly wish to gauge attitudes and knowledge about podcasting in the History profession and to learn about what you would like to gain from online research provision.

As an added bonus we are offering the chance to win a one year free subscription to the Historical Research journal (see http://www.history.ac.uk/historical-research). All you have to do to be entered for the draw is fill in this questionnaire and leave us your email address at the end.

Deadline for the draw is Wednesday 9th June 2010.

The Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBMYY3V

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