The London Historical Research Group is devoted to research into the operation of buses, trolleybuses and trams in London, and is affiliated to the Omnibus Society (but remains an independent organisation). It was formed in 1963 with the purpose of co-ordinating the research projects of members and to provide a means of exchanging information on the history of road passenger transport services in the London Transport area. It holds quarterly meetings in London and produces publications for sale, in addition to a quarterly Bulletin for its members. Meetings feature a talk on a relevant topic and range over a broad spectrum, as do the contents of the Bulletin.
Membership is via the Omnibus Society (click top right). New members are always welcome. Our contact details are at the foot of this page.
Reasearch resources of the Omnibus Society and the Kithead Trust, including the London research centre at Acton, are now combined in The Bus Archive; that website has a searchable catalogue of available material which is still being expanded.
Our major ongoing research project is Motor Omnibus Routes in London (MORiL), a detailed day-by-day chronology of London bus route introductions and changes, from the first introduction of motor buses in 1899 up to 1934. This history has been published in A4 format in eleven volumes in respect of the LGOC 'Combine' routes; work continues on the independents.
In July 2014, a new long-term project group on London horse bus operations was formed. This group will bring together the available information on all aspects of horse buses in London, from both primary and secondary sources, with a view to producing a series of publications. Members wishing to participate in the project are invited to contact the secretary of the project, Peter Osborn, via peter@Red-RF.com.
Other publications are produced as and when members’ research projects have produced appropriate material. Details of the Group's publications are given on the LHRG Publications page; amendment sheets may be downloaded from the Amendments page (last updated August 2018) - all MORiL amendments are consolidated by volume and are available here.
Other sections in the LHRG section of the OS website comprise:
Bulletin indexes (to Volume 7 only at present)
LHRG Email: firstname.lastname@example.org