London Historians

London Historians' Monthly Pub Meet

A London Historians Event

We have an informal gathering of socialising on the first Wednesday of every month. From 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

We meet upstairs at the Hoop and Grapes, in Farringdon.
We have about 30 attendees most months and you can come as early or late as you like, we’re always still there at Last Orders. All welcome, not just LH members.
Meetings for all of 2018 are as follows: Wed 3 January; Wed 7 February; Wed 7 March; Wed 4 April; Wed 2 May; Wed 6 June; Wed 4 July; Wed 1 August; Wed 5 September; Wed 3 October; Wed 7 November; Wed 5 December.

monthly pub meet

Tracing London Ancestors

A London Historians Event

Thur 2 August, 18:00 – 20:00h
Society of Genealogists

Many LH members are also members of the Society, including its Chairman. This visit will comprise a behind-the-scenes tour, and a talk about the rudiments of Genealogy.

Special 25% membership discount to LH Members!

Free attendance to LH Members.
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Barings Art Collection

A London Historians Event

Wed 8 August, 6pm to 8pm
ING Bank, Moorgate.

ING’s London office houses a superb collection of Modern British Art including artists such as LS Lowry, Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash. In addition we hold a collection of watercolours many of which feature views of London in the late 18th and early 19th century. Also onsite is The Baring Archive, one of the finest archives of a financial institution in the world.

Maximum 15 places. London Historians members only. Join London Historians.

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History in the Pub: London Retail

A London Historians Event

Tue 21 August, 18.30h – 21.00h
The Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

London. The capital city of the nation of shopkeepers. Eight historians will talk for eight minutes each about eight vendors. From dirt poor street criers scratching a living selling watercress, biscuits, smelt to the elegant aisles of Fortnum & Mason, the 300 year old emporium in Piccadilly. Our MC for the evening, as usual, is the excellent Matt Brown who will run the show and set a fiendish speed quiz before the half-time interval. Prizes!

London Historians Members: FREE. non-Members: £6
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Layers of London Workshop

A London Historians Event

Thursday 23 August, 14.00h – 16.00h
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

The Layers of London project is creating a ground-breaking interactive online map through an extensive programme of public engagement and crowd-sourcing, resulting in a dynamic website allowing users to explore and engage with London’s history. No comparable website exists. This workshop will show delegates how the web site works using existing data and how to create your own projects using the system.

£5. London Historians members only. Join London Historians.
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London Historians Annual Lecture 2018

A London Historians Event

Thursday 6 September, 18.30h to 20.30h
Gresham College, Hoborn.

presented by Prof Tim Hitchcock

Streets of riot, streets of protest: London in an age of revolutions, 1760-1800.

In a series of ever more threatening protests, eighteenth-century Londoners took to the streets in rage at economic dislocation and in opposition to government policy. Most importantly, in the Gordon Riots of June 1780 Londoners challenged the authority of the state, bringing it to the brink of collapse. And in response, in twenty years of profound re-creation, magistrates and ministers created an ever more effective military and police system designed to keep Londoners in check by force if necessary; creating the systems of administration, and the patterns of military intervention, that would characterise the running of the British Empire for the next 150 years. This lecture explores the actions and motives of Londoners forced on to the streets; and the unintended consequences that flowed from their violence.
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The talk will be preceded by a drinks reception.

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90th Anniversary of the Discovery of Penicillin

A London Historians Event

Mon 10 September 14.30h – 16.00h
St Mary’s Hospical, Paddington

Follow in Alexander Fleming’s footsteps and see his lab as it was in 1928 when he discovered penicillin on 3 September 1928. Explore the initial discovery and the story of that initial discovery and how penicillin was transformed from a chance observation to a life-saving drug through a presentation in the very room where it all happened, a short film and a small exhibition. Ninety years ago that discovery changed the world and you can experience where it all happened.Our tour will be led by Kevin Brown, Trust Archivist and Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum Curator.

  • Please note that there are lots of stairs and no lift, so access is limited for anyone with mobility problems. Sorry.

LH Members: £6 + fee. Non-Members: £8 + fee.

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Charles Holden and 55 Broadway: The Tour

Back by popular demand

A London Historians Event

Thursday 13 September. 17:30 – 19:00 approx

55 broadway charles holden

Led by Edmund Bird, architectural historian and author.

Tour of 55 Broadway, St James’s Park – headquarters of London Transport for over 80 years, though soon to be relinquished following the granting of planning permission for its conversion to residential, this 1920s landmark was the tallest commercial building in the capital when it was completed in 1929. Now Grade I listed by virtue of its outstanding architectural importance as London’s first office skyscraper, rich use of materials, exceptional inter-war sculpture by the leading artists of the day including Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore, and its extraordinary degree of intactness, it is one of the finest works by the noted 20th century architect Charles Holden. The tour will include an appraisal of its exterior, the principal interiors and views across the city from the upper terrace.

This event is in support of Railway Children, the charity for homeless children living on India’s railway system.

LH Members Only £15:00 + booking fee.
Open House if fully booked and London Transport Museum equivalent costs about double!

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Historic Chelsea

A London Historians Event

Thursday 20 September, 10.00 – 14.30.

Outing comprising three elements: Chelsea Arts Club; Historic Guided Walk; Visit to Thomas Carlyle’s House.
Lunch break in a pub.

15 places. London Historians Members only.
£15.50 – £22.50 depending on 3rd party memberships.
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Free and Affordable Lectures

Several institutions host wonderful history lectures which are either free or cost very little.
The National Archives, a short walk from Kew Gardens Station, have free talks on most Thursday afternoons. They also have other low cost ticket events. Detail
The venerable Gresham College holds free lectures at its HQ in Barnards Inn, Holborn and also at Museum of London. Details.
Guildhall Library has free lunchtime lectures and £5 evening ones, which include a glass of wine. Details