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

Behind the Scenes at HMP Wandsworth

A London Historians Event
Sunday 28 January. 12:00h – 14:00h*

A guided tour of historic Wandsworth Prison (1851) and the prison’s private museum led by the facility’s historian Stewart Mclauglin, a serving prison officer and London Historians Member. For security reasons, only 10 places. All attendees 18 or over. London Historians Members only.

  • end time is approximate.

Book your place.

Tour of the Royal College of Physcians

A London Historians Event

Friday 9 February 14.00h – 15.00h

2018 is the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, founded in 1518 by Henry VIII. It current home – the third over the years – is a purpose-built Sir Denys Lasdun building, quite probably his best. The college has been continuously active in improving the practice of medicine since its foundation, primarily though the accreditation of physicians. As you can imagine, over 500 years the College has built up a fine collection of historical books, portraits, medical equipment and ephemera. Our tour will cover the history, collections and architecture of this august body. We’ll also be able to take in the new exhibition: Ceaseless Motion: William Harvey’s Experiments in Circulation.

Book your ticket via Eventbrite here.

Free Tour of the Parliamentary Archives

A London Historians Event
Monday 5 March 2018 11:00am and 14:30h

The Parliamentary Archives are based in their own purpose-built buidling, the Victoria Tower. A one hour-long tour comprising a visit to the Well and Original Act Room on the first floor of the Victoria Tower but with the addition of a document display – tailored to your group usually held in our lecture room on the 8th floor of the building.
Maximum places: 16.
London Historians members only.
Please email to get the event url to book your place. Put ‘Victoria Tower’ in the Subject Line, thanks.

Tour of Apotecaries' Hall

A London Historians Event

Apothecaries’ Hall, Blackfriars Lane.
Monday 26 March, 11:00 – 12:30h

Join us to celebrate the 400th year of the Worchipful Society of Apothecaries’ founding Charter from King James I in 1617 as we tour its Grade I listed Jacobean hall.

LH Members: £15. Non-members: £17.50

More information and to book.

London’s Public Street Markets: The City beyond the City

18 January 2018 18:30h – 20:00h
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ

A talk by Dr Peter Jones
Join Dr. Peter Jones as he illustrates how vibrant informal street markets have played an essential role in shaping modern London. Unregulated, open markets in Victorian London (Leather Lane, Columbia Road, the New Cut, the Brill) defined the commercial and cultural identity of the expanding metropolis, alongside its architecturally grandiose closed markets (Smithfield, Billingsgate, Covent Garden).
More information.
Hosted by the London Society with special ticket pricing for LH Members (see December Members’ newsletter).

Books: Used and Abused 2

Free Exhibition
Guildhall Library 15 January – 9 March 2018

A book is a book is a box, bible, bling, expanding file, notepad, inadvertent container… Used and abused, the older a book is, the greater the chance that someone has altered its material content in an unusual or thoughtful way. See how and why books are customised, adorned, despoiled and disguised. Building on last year’s display, this exhibition will feature new examples of weird and wonderful books from Guildhall Library’s collections, each with its own fascinating story to tell.

More information.

LASS 2018: Anglo-Saxon London

Saturday, 10 March 2018, 14:00 – 18:30, Woburn Suite, Senate House
John Clark (UCL, Museum of London), Built by the Skill of the Ancient Romans: Anglo-Saxon Responses to Roman London
Sue Hirst (Museum of London Archaeology), The Archaeology of Early and Middle Anglo-Saxon London
Richard North (UCL), King Cnut and the Garrison City of London
Michael Bintley (Canterbury), London and Other Cities in Anglo-Saxon Texts

Includes: tea/coffee and wine reception.
More info and booking.

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