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 6 August 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 London Historians Annual Lecture 2014

A London Historians Event


Thursday 4 September 2014 18:30 – 20:30
Gresham College, Barnards Inn Hall, Hoborn.

London Historians Annual Lecture 2014

A talk by Adrian Tinniswood, OBE, London Historians Member.
Gresham College’s Professor of Astronomy and guiding spirit behind the new Royal Society, Sir Christopher Wren was an astronomer, architect, mathematician, anatomist, town planner, politician, collaborator, administrator. He did it all, and brilliantly. Wren’s biographer Adrian Tinniswood will explain how the scientist in Wren informed both his approach to churchbuilding and his role in the regeneration of London after the Great Fire.

This is the inaugural London Historians’ Annual Lecture, to be delivered in Gresham College’s magnificent historic Tudor Hall at Barnard’s Inn in the City of London, directly connecting London, Gresham and Wren.

Wine will be served before the lecture.
Supported by Gresham College

LH Members £5
non-Members £9



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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History in the Pub: Shakespeare's Local


A London Historians Event

The Parliament Bar, George Inn, Southwark.
Tuesday 29 July 19:00 – 20:30, doors open 18:30.

george inn, southwark

Award-winning beer historian and author Pete Brown talks about the history of this centuries-old pub, the last surviving galleried inn in London.
LH Members: £5. Non-Members: £9.


Tour of the Government Art Collection


A London Historians Event
Wednesday, 13 August, 2014. 18:30h

Government Art Collection

The Government Art Collection comprises approximately 13,000 paintings, drawings and objects, most of which populate government offices and embassies around the world. About a third of the collection is in storage at the GAC facility off Tottenham Court Road. At this event, staff of the Collection will show us many of the works and tell us about their own role as guardians and conservators of the nation’s artworks.
20 places maximum, Free.
London Historians Members only.
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Book your place via Eventbrite here

Tour of Smithfield and St. Barts

A London Historians Event

Wednesday 27 August, 06:30 – noon.

smithfield market image by Step Haiselden
Image: Step Haiselden

This half-day tour comprises a guided walk of the area led by City of London guide and LH Member Peter Twist plus three guided stops at some of London’s ancient historic institutions: Smithfield Market, Bart’s Hospital & museum, and the church of St Bartholomew the Great. Be prepared for an early start! You may opt for the full tour, which has limited numbers, or just starting with Bart’s Hosptial at 09:30.
Full day tour, Smithfield and Bart’s. £20. LH Members only 12 places.
From 09:30: Bart’s Hospital and St Bartholomew the Great. LH Members, £15, non-Members £20.

Details, full itinerary and booking via Eventbrite.

Guildhall Library Talks with the London Historians

Several of our Members are delivering talks at the Guildhall Library in the coming months, as follows:
Mark Mason, Walk the Lines , 13th May, 6-8pm
Peter Berthoud, London Landmarks that Never Were , 25th June, 2-3pm.
Nigel Pickford, Abduction, Marriage and Money in Restoration London., 19th June, 6 pm
Mike Rendell, Philip Astley, Circus Showman , 29th July, 6-8pm
Simon Gregor, Images of Remembrance 6th August, 2-3 pm, free.

Clarkson Stanfield (1793–1867): First ‘Greenwich’ Curator

7 August, 18.15-19.15
Location: National Maritime Museum, Sammy Ofer Wing
A talk by Pieter van de Merwe, Greenwich Curator.

From 1844, Clarkson Stanfield RA (1793–1867) was the first Honorary Curator of the Greenwich Hospital Art Collection, then displayed in the Painted Hall of what is now the Old Royal Naval College. The collection was eventually transferred to the National Maritime Museum in 1936. Originally a seaman, Stanfield was the most famous theatre painter of his day and the leading marine artist after Turner. This talk will include a look at examples of his drawings in the Museum’s collection.

£5. Booking and more info.

Family Talks at the Charterhouse

master's court, charterhouse
The Master’s Court, Charterhouse

Chris Thomas on The Archaeology of the Charterhouse
THURSDAY 24th OF JULY 1.00-1.30 PM

Ian Grainger on The Black Death Cemetery at Tower Hill
FRIDAY 25TH OF JULY 1.00 TO 1.30

More info and to book tickets. (scroll down the page)

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.

Beastly Islington

Exhibition, Islington Museum
20 June – 30 September
beastly islington
This exhibition explores the experience of animals in the borough from the 17th century to the present day. Find out how Islington was shaped by animals used in trade, sport, entertainment and scientific study. Marvel at the exploits of the ‘Learned Pig’. Be astonished by the daring feats of lion tamers. Discover how attitudes towards exploitation of animals changed.
Beastly Islington combines artefacts, first-hand accounts and images to bring to life the smells and sounds of an area of north London, where flea circuses came to town and animal baiting was rife. Visit Beastly Islington and city life will never seem the same again!
Admission: Free.
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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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