The London Project is a database of cinemas and film businesses 1894-1914 . The aim is to map, analyse and make available how this new medium became a part of the lives of our late Victorian and Edwardian ancestors in what is now London but includes boroughs that were formerly in Kent, Greenwich, Deptford, Lewisham, Woolwich .
The research for the database was carried out by Senior Research Fellows Simon Brown (Businesses) and Luke McKernan (Venues). One of a number of research projects originally launched by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, hosted by Birkbeck College, University of London. The London Project
It has an interactive map which will take you a borough and from there you can click on any cinema or business listed for details, including, where available, any related people e.g. The Owner/Proprietor. The interactive map can be found here Borough Search
The Fairground Heritage Trust-Victorian/Edwardian and earlier until the 1970's.
Fairgrounds were a important part of the lives of our ancestors in providing them with entertainment and the chance to wonder and enjoy the shows provided by Fairgrounds. They travelled through the country, setting up in venues that would attract the crowds. If your ancestor was employed at a fairground or you want to see what they went to see this is a site well worth looking at.
At The Fairground can be found many photographs and information about Ghost Shows and the magic of illusion, Bioscope Shows and cinematography, Travelling Menageries, Freaks Shows and performers from the Victorian period.
Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire.
If your ancestors and family, lived, worked or were connected in any way with the former Colonies of the British Empire you might wish to look at this site.
"This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by our academic research team".
The Colonial Film project involved Birkbeck and University College London, British Film Institute, Imperial War Museum and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum creating a catalogue of films relating to the British Empire. The ambition of the website is to allow both colonizers and colonized to understand better the truths of Empire. Colonial Film Database
10 November 2011 Guildhall Library: Fifty Years of Working in the Medieval Archives of the City of London: A Personal view
Thursday 10 November 2011. The celebration of the 600th anniversary of Guildhall, November’s seminar held at Guildhall Library. Caroline Barron (Emeritus Professor of the history of London,Royal Holloway) will lead us through her experiences of using City of London archives to research the lives of medieval Londoners.
Thursday 10 November 2011, 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) - 7:30pm at Guildhall Library - CDA Room Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH. Advance booking is essential. Please guarantee your place by contacting: Jeff.Gerhardt This seminar is free to all AfL members, non-members £2 (payable on the door).