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Free: London History Day 2018 Events

  • Trellis

    Arts and Crafts Hammersmith

    A guided walk along Hammersmith's historic riverside.

  • Poster showing eyes and nose of a child

    Association for Art History

    Art History in the Pub will expose visual and spacial aspects of hidden London through art and culture.

  • Aerial view of Barbican Centre

    Barbican Centre

    Discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.

  • Engraved wooden door

    Barbican Library

    Discover the fascinating and surprising literary history of the City.

  • Helmet on display

    Barnet Museum

    Barnet Museum will explore the 1471 Battle of Barnet with a variety of activities during extended opening hours.

  • Mary Anne Talbot

    Bee Midtown Business Improvement District

    A walk about the life of Mary Anne Talbot, a young woman who, two centuries ago, fought in battles on land and at sea for Britain disguised as a man.

  • Pilot in biplane

    Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London Archives

    Archive objects, short talks and a guided walk along the Strand with KCL Archives.

  • Visit the stunning neo-Classical villa today

    Chiswick House and Gardens

    Celebrate the women who made Chiswick with a day of free crafting activities and children’s trail.

  • Policeman on motorbike talking on a radio

    City of London Police Museum

    Discover the courageous stories of PC Choat and the winner of a George Medal at the City of London Police Museum.

  • Gun emplacements on Clapham Common

    Clapham Society

    A walk along the south side of Clapham Common seeing how the war came to Clapham and the lasting effect it has had on our streets and the development of South London.

  • Eastbury Manor House

    Eastbury Manor House

    Enjoy costumed tours and talks about the courage that Eastbury Manor House, a Grade I listed building, represents.

  • Long horned cow

    Epping Forest, City of London, at The View

    A self-guided indoor trail highlighting stories and original archive material about how people (and cows) united and contributed to the fight for Epping Forest.

  • People i white coats mouth pipetting at NIMR

    Francis Crick Institute

    Get hands-on with scientific objects from our heritage collection, not usually shown on display, in this special 'Meet a Scientist' session.

  • Patients and nursing staff at Fulham Palace in 1919

    Fulham Palace

    Travel back in time for an action-packed afternoon at the Palace, as part of Historic England's annual celebration of the capital's extraordinary heritage.

  • Painting of the First London School Board, featuring suffragists Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Emily Davies

    Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre

    Step back in time, sit up straight, and mind your manners to take part in a Victorian school lesson inside Guildhall Art Gallery.

  • 16th Century clock

    Hackney Historic Buildings Trust

    St Augustines, Hackney's oldest building, offers an exhibition of Hackney’s history, an exciting climb up our spiral staircase and great rooftop views.

  • Two girls with afro hair styles

    Herne Hill Free Film Festival

    A free screening of documentary Beyond the Photo, plus a Q & A with the director of the film, Cathy Hassan. This documentary is a retrospective look at 1970s Black Britain.

  • New Dawn

    Houses of Parliament

    Discover more about the campaign for votes for women and celebrate the 159th anniversary of Big Ben first marking time.

  • Institute of Historical Research

    Institute of Historical Research

    Layers of London is an innovative project that will provide access online to London's heritage.

  • Aerial view of airfield

    Kenley Revival Project

    Take a two-mile walk around RAF Kenley with the Kenley Revival Project Manager and learn about RAF Kenley's significant Battle of Britain history.

  • Old black and white photo of women wearing placquards

    Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre

    Kingston Museum and History Centre will be exploring the suffrage movement through new exhibits, and during our children’s Thumbs Up craft event.

  • Poster advertising production of Sweeney Todd

    Kingston University Archives and Special Collections

    London Eyes: A View of the City from Kingston University Archives is an exhibition looking at London life through our collections.

  • Image of Bach House, Hill Street Richmond

    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

    A beginner's guide to family history.

  • Painting of the Great Fire of London

    London Fire Brigade Museum

    Be transported back to the Great Fire of London then catapult into the present, enjoy storytelling, craft activities, fire safety talks and demonstrations.

  • Girl using a magnifying glass to look at an old document

    London Metropolitan Archives

    The exciting story of London’s women and their power revealed through a programme of workshops, film, talks, tours and document displays.

  • Wooden with letters carved into it

    London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

    Roman Temple of Mithras returns to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City.

  • View of the side of a van with KINOVan written on the side

    London's Screen Archives and London Metropolitan Archives

    A free archive film screening with the KinoVan (a mobile cinema van) at the Guildhall Yard.

  • White tea cup and tea pot with green decoration

    LSE Library

    Come and make your own (paper) protest tea cups and plates based on those used in the suffragette's cafe in the Aldwych, the Tea Cup Inn.

  • Woman talking to a little girl. Woman is dressed in suffragette costume and wearing a sash with the words 'votes for women' on it.

    Museum of London

    Celebrate 100 years of female suffrage in the UK.

  • 'Surveillance Photograph of Militant Suffragettes'

    National Portrait Gallery

    A Suffragette Gallery Tour at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Children examining an interactive scale model of London

    New London Architecture

    Visit NLA to see our incredible scale model of the city past, present and future.

  • Library of the Royal Astronomical Society

    Royal Astronomical Society

    Visit the Royal Astronomical Society in Burlington House to learn more about our history and our members through drama and interactive demonstrations.

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

    Royal College of Music Museum

    The Royal College of Music Museum has launched a new digital exhibition that tells the story of heroic Londoner Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).

  • Tandem skydiving

    Royal Hospital Chelsea

    Royal Hospital Chelsea will bring alive the stories of our courageous Chelsea Pensioners through a series of talks and exhibits.

  • Drawing of multistorey building

    Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

    What might London look like if its architecture had turned out differently? Find out through architectural drawings in the RIBA Collections.

  • Group of people looking at illuminated slides

    South London Gallery

    The South London Gallery presents a small display relating to health and wellbeing in south London from the mid-19th to mid-20th century.

  • Montage of archive images of women

    St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

    Explore the pioneering medical women of our hospital and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of our curators and archivists!

  • Master's Court at The Charterhouse

    The Charterhouse

    Join us on 31 May to learn about the women who have contributed to Charterhouse history.

  • Bed, chair and fireplace

    The Geffrye Museum

    Visit the Geffrye Almshouse for London History day and discover how the pensioners would have lived in 1700s and 1800s.

  • Old photo of a crowd gathering for meeting

    The Kennington Chartist Project

    A guided walk around Kennington Park focusing on the 1848 Chartist Rally on Kennington Common when thousands marched in support of democratic reform.

  • Crowds of people

    The Monument

    Come and find out about the day the suffragettes took over The Monument at our free activities between 10am and 4pm!

  • Images of stffragettes

    The National Archives

    Take a trip behind the scenes at The National Archives and discover some of the incredible suffrage documents in our collection.

  • Queue Outside the Gallery for Myra Hess Concert

    The National Gallery

    From slate mines to musical concerts, learn how the National Gallery showed courage during WWII and beyond.

  • John Singleton Copley, The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781, Oil on canvas

    The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

    A lecture focusing on powerful examples of 18th-century British art that explores the ways in which artists dealt with, and depicted, the subject of courage.

  • 'This used to be fields' mural at Valence House

    Valence House Museum

    Join our Archivist and Curator to look at artifacts from the Becontree Estate.

  • Mutton Bone Doll

    V&A Museum of Childhood

    A free midday tour of the V&A Museum of Childhood led by the archivist.