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.

Wednesday 1 October 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 2014 are as follows: Wed 8 January; Wed 5 February; Wed 5 March; Wed 2 April; Wed 7 May; Wed 4 June; Wed 2 July; Wed 6 August; Wed 3 September; Wed 1 October; Wed 5 November; Wed 3 December.

monthly pub meet

The Post Office Big Day Out

A London Historians Event

Friday, 3 October 2014


Morning: Museum Store Tour, Debden
The BPMA Museum Store containing thousands of objects. From the iconic red telephone kiosks, post boxes and vehicles to Morris vans, Mail Coaches and ingenious Victorian pneumatic rail cars. Join us on a curator-led behind the scenes tour for a walk through hundreds of years of British social history and get up close and personal with some of our most iconic objects. Visits comprise two 30-minute curator-led tours and an opportunity to explore the collection at your leisure. Please note that there will be very little sitting down during this tour!

Afternoon: Archive Tour, Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell
An introduction to The British Postal Museum & Archive and a behind the scenes tour of BPMA collections – which fill over 2.5 miles of shelving and cover communications, social, postal, and design history from 1636 to today. The tour will be London-centric, including a number of our gems..

9.30am – Arrive at Museum Store, Debden (Central Line)
9.30-11.30am – Store tour
11.30am-12.30pm – Travel to Central London
12.30-1.30pm – Lunch in vicinity of Freeling House
1.30pm – Arrive at Freeling House
1.30-2.15pm – Group one tour of repository, Group two Postal Map talk
2.15pm-3pm – Group one Postal Map talk, Group two tour of repository
3pm – Depart Freeling House

Maximum: 20 places, don’t miss out.
Tickets: from £12.50 – £19.00, depending on LH Membership status.
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Boston Manor to Brentford

A London Historians Event

Sunday 12 October, 12:30 – 15:00.

Boston Manor House

Given its age, the Jacobean Boston Manor House (1623) is in remarkable condition. In its early years it was a home of one Sir Edward Althorp an ancestor of the late Princess of Wales. At this time the Battle of Brentford (1642) – about a mile away – was one of the earliest rumblings of the English Civil War. From 1670 through to the 20C, the house remained in the possession of the Clitherows, a family of successful traders with banking interests, also close friends of William IV and Queen Adelaide who dined at Boston Manor in 1834. Eminent local historian and Boston Manor volunteer Janet McNamara will give us a comprehensive tour of the house, taking in the breathtaking 17C State Room on the first floor, the ground floor dining room from the 19C and the remarkable stairwell decorations.
Following a half hour tea break*, we’ll take a guided walk to Brentford itself with David Bright, fellow LH Member and Hounslow Heritage Guide. Our route will take us along the Grand Union Canal as it runs parallel to the River Brent, approaching the Thames. For centuries Brentford was the county town for Middlesex: there is plenty of history to absorb.

London Historians Members: £7.50
Non-Members: £10.00
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History in the Pub: The History OF the Pub

A London Historians Event

The Water Poet, Spitalfields
Monday 13 October 2014, 19:00 – 21:00
Doors open 18:30

Learn about the history of London over a pint after work!

water poet pub

An evening of pub history, including the somewhat grisly Victorian history of the Water Poet itself. With specialist beer and brewing historian, Alan Greenwood
plus MC, speaker and quizmaster: Matt Brown, Editor at Large, Londonist.
Fun and prizes.
London Historians Members: Free. Others: £4.00
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London Local Guiding Day

*Free Walks from London’s big four guiding groups.”
Saturday 11 October. 10am – 4pm
This year’s theme: Georgian London

City of London Guides
Georgian Life in the City
Meet outside Bank Station exit 3

Westminster Guides
Through a Fanlight Darkly
Meet on foyer in front of Charing X Hotel/Station

Clerkenwell and Islington Gudes
Bad, Sad … and Mad!
Meet outside Angel Station

Greenwich Guides
Inheritance, Indulgence and Infighting
Meet outside Cutty Sark DLR Station

More info.

From Doorsteps to Battlefields: Remembering the Great War

A London Historians Event in partnership with Waterstone’s

Remembrance Image Project
Image: Simon Gregor, Remembrance Image Project

Monday, 3 November 2014, 7:00PM
This event is free but please reserve your place by email:
Chaired by Matt Brown, Londonist’s Editor-at-Large
Welcomes historian Duncan Barrett and photographer Simon Gregor, both LH Members. Duncan’s book Men of Letters explores the role of the Post Office during the Great War and, through letters and diaries, the personal stories of ordinary postmen and messenger boys who swapped delivery rounds for the trenches. In turn photographs from Simon’s The Remembrance Image Project lead us into the battlefields as they stand today to considers the emotion of place and the power of remembrance.
Further details: 0207 851 2400

London Month of the Dead

October 2014.

Organised by LH Members from Antique Beat with other Members also participating. A series of talks and walks on the theme of death. Percentage of proceeds are in support of Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries.

Full programme.

Literary Footprints

literary footprints
The month of October by our friends at Footprints for London.
Note that LH Members get 15% discount on all of these tours.
Programme and booking.

Salon for the City

Programme for 2014 with LH Member discount.
6:30pm at Westminster Arts Library.

SEPTEMBER 25th – THE BIG SMOKE – London and drugs
Mike Jay and Richard Weight take a trip through the intoxicated city.
Jerry White and Dr Louise Hide uncover the darker side of wartime London.
Ross MacFarlane and Lee Jackson focus on London filth.

£8, £4.40 concessions. Includes free cocktail.
More information and booking.

Doctor Scroggy's War

Shakespeare’s Globe
12 September to 10 October 2014

doctor scroggy's war, shakespeare's globe

The hilarious and moving Doctor Scroggy’s War offers a sideways look at the First World War a hundred years after its onset. In Howard Brenton’s new play, 19 year-old Jack Twigg enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined – nor did the rest of the world. On his way, he meets pioneering medic Harold Gillies, who saves his life and his sanity. But who is the mysterious ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who appears at night in Gillies’ hospital dispensing champagne to the patients?

£20 special pricing (£18 discount) to LH Members on these evenings: 12 September 7.30pm, 13 September 7.30pm, 15 September 7.30pm, 16 September 2.00pm, subject to availability. Contact us for your special code or look out for it in September Members’ Newsletter.

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Museum of London, Docklands. 27 June – 2 November 2014.
Joseph Farrington, View of Westminster Bridge from the South East, 1789
Joseph Farrington, View of Westminster Bridge from the South East, 1789

Drawing on the museum’s significant art collections, Bridge is the largest art exhibition ever to be staged at the Museum of London Docklands and Features rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks, alongside photography and film, to consider the significance of bridges within London’s landscape. – See more at:


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Goodbye Piccadilly - from Home Front to Western Front

Exhibition, London Transport Museum
16 May 2014 – 8 March 2015
goodbye piccadilly
This major exhibition will reveal the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital. Goodbye Piccadilly will commemorate and explore the contribution of London’s motor buses and their drivers to the First World War and the upheaval for Londoners on what became for the first time the ‘Home Front’.
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There are also talks and other associated events, including Kate Adie, Prof Jerry White and David Bownes.

Artists Rifles Exhibitions

Artists Rifles
As the 100th Anniversary of WW1 approaches, we remember the men of the Artists Rifles in a series of exhibitions curated by London Historians Member Patrick Baty, @PatrickBaty. They will take place in Hampshire (dates below) and London (dates TBA).
The Artists Rifles – from Pre-Raphaelites to Passchendaele
Southampton City Art Gallery: 4 April – 28 June 2014
The Sainsbury Gallery at Willis Museum: 5 July – 27 September 2014
The Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre: 4 October – 27 December 2014

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