London Historians

Servicewomen, Spies and Spitfire Pilots

Supported by London Historians

Friday 29 May, 2015, 19:00h.
Waterstones, Piccadilly.

ack ack girls

Featuring LH Members Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, authors of The Girls Who Went to War. Plus Clare Mulley on the female special agents of the SOE; and Jacky Hyams on the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary. Chaired by Mike Paterson of London Historians.
This is a free event but please book via rsvp.
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There is also a Facebook page.

32 Londoners

11 June 2015, 8pm.
The London Eye
Each pod has a speaker and features a historical figure who made their mark in London.
This event is organised by LH Member Stephen Coates of Antique Beat and features LH Members Tracey Hill on Richard Whittington, Matt Brown on Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Berthoud on Hugh Myddleton and Catharine Arnold on William Shakespeare.
More information and tickets

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 2 December.

monthly pub meet

Tour of Vintners' Hall

A London Historians Event

Friday 5th June. 11:00 – 13:30
Vinters’ Hall. Upper Thames Street.

courtroom, vintners' hall

The Vintners’ Company with its first Charter in 1363 is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. With its origins steeped in the history of the City, and the import, regulation and sale of wine, the Company continues to maintain strong links with the UK Wine Trade, with Vintners’ Hall known as the Trade’s “spiritual home”.

The current Vintners’ Hall was built in the 1670s after the Great Fire destroyed the medieval building. It has undergone various modifications over the centuries according to need and fashion and was one of the lucky few livery halls which only suffered superficial damage during the Blitz.
Our tour is led by the general manager of Vinters’ Hall, Major Steve Marcham MBE.

LH Members: £12. Guests £14. Non-Members. £16
More information and to book.
Small fee applies.

Battle of Waterloo Commemoration Walk

A London Historians Event

Guided walk from Trafalgar Square.
Sunday 14 June, 11:00 – 13:00.

arthur wellesley, duke of wellington

This walk commemorates the final victory by the Duke of Wellington over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. It starts at Trafalgar Square and finishes at Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner, the London home of the Duke , also known as No. 1 London. En route at various stops, the walk examines his political career, the Peninsula campaign, the area where he relaxed and monuments and statues to him and his times. This walk will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Napoleonic period, who also enjoys this heritage area of central Westminster. Our walk leader is Angela Lenman, City of Westminster Guide.

This walk has been especially added to the official Waterloo 200 tour programme for London Historians, with a £2 discount for Members. Devised by Westminster Guide Lecturers’ Association. Members: £8. Non-Members: £10.

More info and book your ticket(s).

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.

Book tickets

London Historians tour in 2012.

Tour of Watermen's Hall

A London Historians Event

Monday 29 June, 10:30 – c12:00
Watermen’s Hall, St Mary-at-Hill.

thames watermen

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen in its original form was established by Act of Parliament in 1555, but its roots and functions date back much further. It has been responsible for the traffic of people and cargo all over the London Thames for centuries – long before the river was embanked, and long before it had just the one bridge.

The current Watermen’s Hall was completed in 1780, the only original Georgian hall in the city. It was designed by London architect William Blackburn. Our tour will be led by the Deputy Clerk, Carol Ratcliffe. Tea and coffee will be served at the end.

LH Members: £12.00 Guests: £14.50 Non-Members: £17.00
For more information and to book your tickets via Eventbrite.
Small fee applies

The Georgian Dining Academy

georgian dining academy

Thursday 11 June 2015. 19:00 – 22:30.
Simpson’s Tavern chop house in Cornhill, City of London

Following on from the great success of the first two events in November and February. Our hostesses, Miss B and Miss Kitty Pridden (both LH Members) welcome you to a candlelit evening of delicious food, sparkling wit, beguiling performances in an atmosphere full of the bonhomie of a 1757 establishment especially opened for the evening.

GDA #1 The Pictures (by Andrea Liu, LH Member)
GDA #1 The Movie (by M “Kubrick” Paterson, LH Member).

£68 to include welcome punch cocktail and glass of wine with your meal. Book tickets.
London Historians Member special: £55. Also avoids booking fee, so over £17 saving. Email Miss B direct to arrange. (she knows who the Members are!)