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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2899
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1855-1993
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.68 linear metres (37 volumes, 10 boxes, 3 rolled plans and 1 rolled map).
Name of creator(s): London and Middlesex Archaeological Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London and Middlesex Archaeological Society was founded to encourage the study of archaeology, local history and historic buildings in the City and county of London and surrounding area. During it's existence that brief has widened to include the preservation of such sites. It promotion of such activites continues today through lecture programmes, visits, conferences, research committees and projects often in conjunction with other societies, and through the publication of its own annual journal, the Transactions, and ad hoc monographs. The Society's inaugural meeting was in December 1855 at Crosby Hall; and its first headquarters was at 6 Southampton Street (1855-1857), moving subsequently to various sites in the same area, before finally settling at the Bishopsgate Institute in 1911. It is now based at the Museum of London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, relating not only to the everyday administration of the Society (Acc/2899/01 and Acc/2899/02), but also to social and educational activities. Acc/2899/03 contains a large quantity of information relating to the latter. In the main the records date from the beginning of the twentieth century to the 1970's, although there is a sizeable amount of earlier material, and a small amount for later years

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been arranged into three series:
Acc/2899/01 Administration;
Acc/2899/02 Finance; and
Acc/2899/03 Records of social activities.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were deposited officially in March 1991 by Mike Curtis, LAMAS Honorary Secretary, although they had been lodged in the repository since the appointment of Richard Samways (Greater London Record Office's principal assistant archivist) as LAMAS Honorary Archivist. There was a small subsequent deposit in 1996.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The first and second series (1856 - 1999, incomplete) of the Society's annually published Transactions; and a volume of reports of evening proceedings are held in the London Metropolitan Archives' Library (shelf reference 60.9 LAMAS).

There may be material relating to the current adminstration of the Society with the Honarary Secretary at the Museum of London.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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.

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