AGRA researchers explore the London social history materials available here
On Friday 10 November 2017 the Herts, Beds and Bucks Network Group visited the Bishopsgate Institute near to Liverpool Street Station in London. It was preceded by an excellent lunch at a local pub. Twelve Members and Associates took part in the visit.
The Institute Librarian, Stefan Dickers, gave a very entertaining and informative tour of the Institute’s Library. Bishopsgate Institute was founded in 1894 and the library has one of the best collections of London Trade Directories going back into the 18th Century. The library specialises in London social history including books and records of Trade Unions, Co-operative Societies and Friendly Societies. He showed a 19th century Minute Book of a meeting attended by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. There have been a number of donations to the library over the years including a large collection of books related to the “Jack the Ripper” murders.