APML Archivists Group visit to the London Metropolitan Archive

Following last week’s fascinating visit to the secret world of Fortnum & Mason’s archives, this week we were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the London Metropolitan Archives by their Senior Archivist, Richard Wiltshire.

He told us about the history of the place and the types of records held there as well as the various temporary exhibitions – currently featuring London’s Gothic underbelly ranging from Witchcraft trials in the Seventeenth Century to New Romantic/Goth night-clubs in the 1980s (and there is one archivist who was seriously concerned she might feature in the latter, but least said….)

The visit also included a tour of the Conservation Studio where conservator Caroline De Stefani told us of another Gothic Horror, known as Red Rot and were recommended to check the services of the Leather Conservation Centre in Northampton.

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