London Historians

London Historians Annual Lecture 2019

A London Historians Event
Thursday 5 September 2019. 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Gresham College, Holborn.

From urbane to urban: the town clergyman in Hanoverian and Victorian London.
by Professor Arthur Burns, King’s College, London
We examine the challenges faced by the clergy in the slums of London during the 18th and 19th Centuries.
Preceded by wine reception (including soft drinks).

LH Members: £7.50 + fee
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Image: John Randolph, bishop of London (1808 – 13).

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 Bishops Finger, in Smithfield. NEW VENUE FROM APRIL 2019.
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 2019 are as follows: Wed 2 January; Wed 6 February; Wed 6 March; Wed 3 April; Wed 1 May; Wed 5 June; Wed 3 July; Wed 7 August; Wed 4 September; Wed 2 October; Wed 6 November; Wed 4 December.

Pilgrimage to Biscuits: Harlesden and Willesden

A London Historians Event

Thurs 22 August 1630h – 1930h. Harlesden.

This tour comprises visits to St Matthews Church Harlesden and the Shrine of the Black Madonna, Willesden. We will walk part of the pilgrim way to the latter site. In addition we’ll have a guided tour of the historic spots of Harlesden town centre, ancient and modern. We’ll stop for wine and a snack at St Matthews.

Our leader is Fr Andrew Teather, Dean of Brent.

LH Members £12 . Non-members £15.

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Ian Nairn's Birthday Pub Crawl

A London Historians Event

Sat 24 August, 1200 – 1600h

We start at the Blackfriar and travel west to Victoria, stopping at several pubs cited in Nairn’s magnificient Nairn’s London while doing readings from same.

London Historians Members only.

Please register your place on Eventbrite.

Wilton's Music Hall Tour

A London Historians Event

Thur 29 August, 1230 – 1330h


First opened in 1859, Wilton’s is a remarkable survivor of the great age of popular music hall. Destroyed by fire in 1877, it rose from the ashes as a Methodist mission, its function for many decades. It saw time as a rag warehouse before in recent times returning to its true calling as a place of entertainment. This guided tour takes you on a journey from the 17th century through to the present. Learn about the people, events and performers that have made Wilton’s the place it is today.

LH Members: £12.00 Others: a bit more.

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Hoxton Hall Talk and Tour

A London Historians Event

Please try the waiting list.

Thur 29 August 1430 – 1530h

Having ‘done’ Wilton’s, we move on to the only other surviving London music hall: Hoxton Hall. Hoxton Hall is a Grade II* listed saloon-style Victorian Music Hall nestled in the heart of East London and home to contemporary performance variety. The magnificent theatre, music and events venue offers also rehearsal and learning spaces as well as recording studios for young people in Hackney. Our visit will comprise a talk and a tour. It will last about an hour.

Includes tea and cake!

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Awayday: Historic Croydon

A London Historians Event


Croydon Aerodrome Museum and Central Croydon
Sunday 1 September 1100h – 1600h

This tour begins with London’s first commercial airport: Croydon, which was operational from the 1930s till 1959. Today it is a museum and heritage centre which is only open one Sunday per month, and this is it! After a short refreshment stop, we travel to the town centre for a comprehensive guilded walk around the Old Town and Historic Croydon. Our leader is LH Member and Blue Badge Guide Gavin Webb.
LH Members £20 Non members £25.
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Charles Holden and 55 Broadway: The Tour

Back by popular demand

A London Historians Event

Thursday 19 September. 17:30 – 19:00 approx

Led by Edmund Bird, architectural historian and author.

Tour of 55 Broadway, St James’s Park – headquarters of London Transport for over 80 years, though soon to be relinquished following the granting of planning permission for its conversion to residential, this 1920s landmark was the tallest commercial building in the capital when it was completed in 1929. Now Grade I listed by virtue of its outstanding architectural importance as London’s first office skyscraper, rich use of materials, exceptional inter-war sculpture by the leading artists of the day including Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henry Moore, and its extraordinary degree of intactness, it is one of the finest works by the noted 20th century architect Charles Holden. The tour will include an appraisal of its exterior, the principal interiors and views across the city from the upper terrace.

This event is in support of Railway Children, the charity for homeless children living on India’s railway system.

LH Members Only £15:00 + booking fee.
London Transport Museum equivalent costs about double!

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History in the Pub: More Favourite Historic Londoners

A London Historians Event

Tue 24 September 1830 – 2100h
Sir Christopher Hatton, Holborn

History in the Pub

Learn some great History and make new friends over a pint after work! Using our popular 8 × 8 format, eight speakers will talk for eight minutes each about a Londoner of Note whom we haven’t covered so far in our previous six HitP Londoners series.

Laurence Scales on Francis Baily; Tina Baxter on TS Eliot; Rob Smith on Virginia Woolf; Joanna Moncrieff on Kate Meyrick; Daniella King on Moll King; Jen Pedler on Michael Arlen; Stephen Coates on TBA; plus one more.

Our MC and master of the fiendish 10 question speed quiz is Matt Brown. PLUS PLUS the usual prize draw, open mic etc etc

For more information and to book.

Abram Games: The Art of Persuasion

National Army Museum, Chelsea
6 April – 24 November 2019
abram games nam
This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War. The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

More Information.

Free and Affordable Lectures

Several institutions host wonderful history lectures which are either free or cost very little.
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