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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/LSC

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1889-1964

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3.16 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Committee for the Survey of the Old Memorials of Greater London x London Survey Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Committee for the Survey of the Old Memorials of Greater London (known as the London Survey Committee and founded in 1894) was entrusted, following a conference in December 1896, with the task of publishing, with the assistance of the London County Council, a series of volumes describing buildings of historic and architectural interest in London. Volume 1 dealing with Bromley-by-Bow appeared in 1902 but the arrangements for LCC co-operation fell into abeyance and Volume 2 dealing with part of Chelsea was published in 1909 at the Survey Committee's own expense. Later that year, an agreement was arrived at between the Council and the Committee, the details of which will be found in the Council minutes for 21 December 1909, pp. 1511-1512, and 26 October 1910, p. 782. This involved the setting up of a joint publishing committee consisting of three representatives of the London Survey Committee and four representatives of the London County Council.

In 1952 (see Council minutes for 21 October 1952, pp. 475-576), the Survey Committee indicated that, for various reasons, it was unable to continue its participation in the work and the continued publication of volumes became the sole responsibility of the London County Council. The Joint Publishing Committee was accordingly discontinued and its functions transferred to the Town Planning Committee. The London Survey Committee was dissolved as from 1 July 1965.

The Survey of London is currently organised by English Heritage.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Committee for the Survey of the Old Memorials of Greater London, also known as the London Survey Committee. The collection comprises minutes, accounts, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, and photographs.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

A/LSC-1: Minutes; A/LSC-2: Accounts; A/LSC-3: Correspondence; A/LSC-4: Notes and diaries; A/LSC-5: Minutes.

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to closure periods.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1964.


Related material:

For the minutes and presented papers of the Survey of London (Joint Publishing Committee) Jan 1911-1952 see LCC/MIN/12,779. For the Committee clerk's notebooks 1911-1952 see LCC/MIN/12,780-12,781. Our library holds copies of the published volumes of the Survey of London.

Publication note:

London Survey'd: The Work of the Survey of London 1894-1994 (1994).

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: June to August 2010.

Architectural historians | Historians | Social scientists
English history | European history | National history
Historic areas | Historic environment | Cultural environment | Cultural conditions
Historic buildings | Historic properties | Immovable cultural property | Cultural property | Cultural heritage
Historic cities | Urban areas
Historic heritage | Cultural heritage
Historic monuments | Monuments | Architecture
Historical research | History
Local history | History
Preservation of monuments | Cultural property preservation

Personal names

Corporate names
Committee for the Survey of the Old Memorials of Greater London x London Survey Committee
LCC | London County Council x London County Council

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe