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Project Team: 

Matthew Davies, Project Director 

Professor of Urban History and Director of the Centre for Metropolitan History.

Matthew has been Director of the Centre for Metropolitan History since 2002. For more about the activities of the Centre visit the CMH website.

He is currently a Pro-Dean of the School of Advanced Study, with responsibility for a consortium comprising the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Institute of Philosophy.

Matthew’s research interests focus on the history of medieval and early modern London. He is particularly interested in questions relating to the roles of the guilds, known as ‘livery companies’, in connection with trade and production, regulation (economic as well as moral) and religious culture.


Seif El Rashidi, Project Development Officer

Seif has been the project development officer since May 2016. His role is to coordinate Layers of London’s development from its original concept phase to the actual creation and development of the website; to ensure that community groups are engaged with the process, and that Layers of London becomes a much-used public tool.

His background is in running heritage projects with a strong focus on community engagement.


Rebecca Read, Project Administrator

Rebecca Read is an administrator working on various projects for the Institute of Historical Research, including Victoria County History, an encyclopaedic record of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day.

Rebecca is responsible for the general project administration and for delivering all aspects of the development phase.


Mark Merry, Digital Mapping Advisor

Dr Mark Merry is Lecturer in Urban History at the IHR, and IHR Digital Projects and Training Officer. He is also Senior Research Officer on the ESRC funded research project ‘Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London’ based at the CMH.



Layers of London

The Centre for Metropolitan History

The Institute of Historical Research

University of London

Senate House

Malet Street




+44 (0)20 7862 8776 (Rebecca Read, Project Administrator)

+44 (0)20 7862 8705 (Seif El Rashidi, Project Development Officer).

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