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London History Day

On Wednesday 31 May Historic England launches the first ever London History Day, celebrating the capital's extraordinary history and heritage.

Held on the day Big Ben first started keeping time, in 2017 museums across the city will highlight an object in their collection that shows how London's people and places have contributed to the city's unique identity.

Man standing on a ladder leaning against the clock face inside Big Ben
Londoners voted to hold the first ever London History Day on 31 May 2017 - the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time © Historic England CC73/02867

People will have the chance to see such rarities as Charles Dickens' walking stick and Sigmund Freud's notebook, and there will be a series of special events to highlight London's extraordinary heritage including curator-led tours at the National Portrait Gallery highlighting great Londoners.

Full details of London History Day will be announced in early April 2017.

London History Day image gallery

Please click on the gallery images to enlarge.

  • Photo of Charles Dickens
  • Old Curiosity Shop, City of Westminster, London. Photo taken 1870 - 1900
  • Sigmund Freud’s Symthson note book open on a page showing the names and dates of his visitors.
  • Oscar Nemon sculpture of Sigmund Freud. View from east. Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Camden.
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