Section of Charles Booth poverty map

Charles Booth’s Poverty Maps of London

Between 1886 and 1903, Charles Booth surveyed the poorest inhabitants of London. As part of this he created colour-coded maps (that are available online) showing the lifestyle in every street of London. More detail is available in the notebooks of the numerous researchers, who were often accompanied by the police.

Gillian Stevens will introduce you to the online searchable database managed by the London School of Economics and show you how you can find out how your London ancestors and relatives might have lived.

The image is by Charles Booth and in Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £3 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact bo*****@be******.uk


Wed 16 Feb


19:15 for a 19:30 start
19:15 - 21:30

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  • Gillian Stevens
    Gillian Stevens

    A veteran family historian, Gillian has worked closely with the Federation of Family History Societies, Findmypast and The National Archives enabling her to build an impressive experience of archives and their accessibility. She is an experienced tutor of beginner family history courses and also runs workshops for more experienced researchers on family history websites and wills and probate, to name but a few.

    Gillian has a degree in Business Studies and a City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has served regular five year terms as a trustee of Berkshire Family History Society since 2007 and chairs the society’s Computer Branch. She also facilitates discussion in an informal monthly natter group and helps researchers who require more technical assistance with their family history research as part of a ‘Tuesday evening team’.

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