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Barbican Library

See a rare book that reveals London's history and listen to a talk on medieval St Paul's Cathedral.


Discover a rare book, published in 1818, called 'The Antiquities of London'. The book takes the reader on a historic journey through London's iconic buildings, accompanied by 50 detailed plate images. Some of the buildings mentioned still stand while others have been lost, but give their names to areas of the City of London.

The book is an intriguing insight into history of London, looking at Aldgate, Moorgate and Cripplegate; the history of the site of St Paul's Cathedral accompanied by an image of St Paul's before the Great Fire, and the details of what became of the renowned Lord Mayor London, Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington's body after his death.

The rare book “The Antiquities of London”
Discover the rare book “The Antiquities of London” and journey through historic London’s iconic buildings and structures up to 1800s. © Barbican Library


Celebrate London History Day
11am - 12 noon

Find out about the Tudors and heraldry before making your own Coat of Arms and dressing up in Tudor costume.

This event will be led by a member of the Learning Team from Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Epping Forest.

Suitable for children aged 5+

Booking essential as spaces are limited.
Please collect your free ticket from the Children's Library.

A talk on the Medieval Precinct of St Paul's Cathedral
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Wren's St Paul's Cathedral stands on Ludgate Hill in the heart of our 21st-century City, with offices, shops and restaurants almost in touching distance. Its Mediaeval predecessor was very different. Like cathedrals up and down the country it stood within a gated walled precinct, in many ways a world of its own.

City Guide Jill Finch's talk aims to recreate that precinct, a Cathedral surrounded by buildings, a churchyard and even a prison.

No need to book, just turn up.


Barbican Library
Barbican Centre Level 2
Silk Street

Open 9.30am - 5.30pm

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