Best Of London, History, Maps | By: N Quentin Woolf

Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 22 August 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, as recommended by The Telegraph. You can listen in-browser, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS. We’re also available on Stitcher.

Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.

Today NQW is at the London Metropolitan Archives, where he talks to principle archivist Laurence Ward. Hear about some of the many documents stored at LMA (over 100 kilometres of shelves are needed to house the collection), the earliest of which is a charter from William the Conqueror dating back to 1067. The records at LMA are all from London, and the scope of the LMA has changed as London itself has. Where it once covered records from the County of London in the 19th Century, it now deals with those from across the Greater London Authority.

NQW seeks out some of the more interesting artefacts housed in the building, including a map showing the damage done buildings during the Blitz, and designs for Tower Bridge that never reached fruition. Today, the LMA faces the task of digitising the many records in the collection.


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Show notes by Laura Reynolds

HHGeek

Back on the topic of future topics, this episode has clarified a thought I sort of expressed in a comment a few weeks ago. Essentially, many of the best topics are those on 'how London works / is or was put together'. So transport, admin, significant infrastructure, etc.. Which leads me to ask: has there yet been a piece on the City of London Corporation itself? It looms gently in the back of so many topics, but there's nothing I've heard via what's still on iTunes. So either it's a long time ago, or non-existent ...