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.

Currently 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 2015 are as follows: Wed 7 January; Wed 4 February; Wed 4 March; Wed 1 April; Wed 6 May; Wed 3 June; Wed 1 July; Wed 5 August; Wed 2 September; Wed 7 October; Wed 4 November; Wed 4 December.

monthly pub meet

Tour of the College of Arms

A London Historians Event
Thursday 8 January 2015 18:15 – 21:15.

college of arms

The College of Arms was founded in 1484 and has since then created and maintained official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees. The heralds who make up the College are members of the Royal Household and act under Crown Authority. Central activities include: the granting of new coats of arms; the registration of family trees; genealogical and heraldic research; advising central and local government, corporate bodies, and private individuals on all aspects of heraldry. The College is also the authority for matters relating to the flying of flags, and holds the only official registers of flags for the UK and much of the Commonwealth.

Our tour will be personally conducted by Mr William Hunt, the Windsor Herald. It will comprise a tour, a presentation, examination of historic documents and Q&A.

Glass of wine is included in the price. 20 places. London Historians Members only. £20.
Book via Eventbrite.

Tour of Merchant Taylors' Hall

A London Historians Event
Friday 16 January 2015, 11:00 – 12:30.

A tour of this ancient livery hall with the Beadle himself.
The Merchant Taylors (1327) are one of the Great Twelve ancient London livery companies. The Company started as an association of artisans, ie working tailors, known as the Fraternity of St John the Baptist. This was both for trade regulation and also for a good funeral and for prayers for one’s soul in Purgatory after death. All these aspects were equally important before the Reformation. The Company’s first royal charter was in 1327, and the Company was incorporated by a further royal charter in 1408. The Company also possessed a chapel in St Paul’s Cathedral and, from 1413, almshouses in Threadneedle Street for its aged members.

£8.00 Maximum places on this event: 20. Tour restricted to LH Members and their guests only.

Tour of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

You can purchase tickets to visit the foundry on selected Saturdays through the year.

A London Historians Event

Saturday 20 June, 2015. 13:00 – 14:45.
32/34 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DY.

whitechapel bell foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest business in England. Even the owners are unsure of the factory’s foundation date but it goes back at least to the early 15th Century. This factory not only manufactured Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, but has supplied thousands of churches in Britain and throughout the anglophone world.

This 90 minute tour will tell you the history of the business and take you through the production process of creating moulds through to finished products, monster church bells to teeny hand bells alike. How are bells tuned? You’ll find out! It’s all a most exacting process every step of the way.

We have 15 places only which are limited to London Historians Members and their guests. £17.

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London Historians tour in 2012.

Women in West London's History

The 35th West London History Conference
Saturday 28 March, 2015, University of West London
09:30 – 17:00
women in west london

Talks include:
Women of the Gunnersbury Estate; Emma Hamilton, George Eliot, Charlotte Despard; Kitty Godfrey, sporting champion; A Woman’s Life (readings); Hounslow’s Home Front; Women Nursery Gardeners.

Sponsored by nine local history societies of West London.

Free morning coffee and afternoon tea. Paid catering for lunch available. Tickets: £15
Send a cheque made out to ‘West London History Conference’ and SAE to Janet McNamara, 31b Brook Road South, Brentford, TW8 0NN.

Hogarth's London

The Cartoon Museum
22 October 2014 – 18 January 2015
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To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death (26 October 1764), this exhibition celebrates his work as it chronicles street scenes of London, 18C Londoners and their follies. Spitalfields, Cheapside, Covent Garden, St James’s. etc. It’s all there in irreverent, rude Hogarthian detail.
Free with entry ticket: £7.
More information.
Associated Events.

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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