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Central London: London History Day Events

  • Cross section drawing of the 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.

  • 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.

  • Benjamin Franklin House

    Benjamin Franklin House

    Half price entry to Franklin’s only remaining home and walking tour. Hear how his London years shaped him from printer’s apprentice to revolutionary hero.

  • People holding banners

    Bishopsgate Institute

    Join us to explore the history of protest on the streets of London from the 1950s to today, and its documentation by photographers.

  • British Library entrance

    British Library

    Learn about the Library's history, collections and architecture on a tour of our building.

  • London African History through representations in the capital. Thursday May 31, 5.30-7.30pm. Marking london Hitory Day 2018 by screening a documentary that depicts London's varied African history representations via monumnets, buildings, parks, streets, etc

    BTWSC/African Histories Revisited

    Get pointed to some of London's African history in plain view.

  • 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.

  • Exterior of Charles Dickens Museum

    Charles Dickens Museum

    Visitors will be treated to a museum trail and talk and can then follow Boz’s example taking a brief evening stroll through Bloomsbury and Seven Dials.

  • 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.

  • Three storey buildings lit up at night

    Dr Johnson's House

    Explore Dr Johnon's House after hours whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.

  • Churchill and Big Ben

    Everyday London

    A king faces the axe, knights fight for favour and prestige in the Tilt-Yard and a lady suffragette is found hidden in the crypt of Westminster Hall.

  • 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.

  • Children drawing in a garden

    Garden Museum

    Vegetarian cooking workshop and drop-in art sessions at the Garden Museum.

  • 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.

  • Piano

    Handel & Hendrix in London

    A chance to hear Baroque music performed in the intimate setting of Handel’s Music Room, where the composer himself would have played 250 years ago.

  • 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.

  • Vistiors at the Kirkaldy Testing Museum

    Kirkaldy Testing Museum

    Discover how a pioneering and visionary Victorian engineer lived by the courage of his convictions!

  • Canal lock with ducks in foreground

    London Canal Museum

    A guided walk along the canal from the museum to Camden, led by a museum guide.

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • Group of people viewing a statue

    Royal Academy of Arts

    Visit the RA for a Library and Collections Gallery tours on Women Artists.

  • Poster - Women and the Hall

    Royal Albert Hall

    The Royal Albert Hall played an important role in the women’s suffrage campaign as the venue of 24 NUWSS and WSPU rallies. Join a special tour, meet our Archivist & see a display of items from the meetings for the first time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Statue of Sir John Betjamen on the concourse at St Pancras Station

    St Pancras International

    Enjoy a lunchtime walk and an evening debate exploring some of the highlights of St Pancras International’s rich 150 years of history.

  • Archive photo of woman

    St Paul's Cathedral

    Come to St Paul’s Women of Courage Tours to discover hidden histories of extraordinary women connected to St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Group of people standing on foreshore with a road bridge in the background

    Thames Discovery Programme

    Explore the archaeology of the Thames and the Walbrook rivers.

  • Master's Court at The Charterhouse

    The Charterhouse

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

  • Emma Brownlow

    The Foundling Museum

    Foundling Museum curators introduce the life and works of Victorian artist Emma Brownlow, including sketches never previously displayed in public.

  • 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!

  • Victorian Surgical Kit

    The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

    Join us for a walk on "The Nests of Satan" and/or a talk on "The Courage of Victorian Surgeons and Patients".

  • Ned Seago at The Old Vic Stage Door

    The Old Vic

    Join us on London History Day for a special Bicentenary History Tour of The Old Vic.

  • 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.

  • Woman dressed in period costume wearing a sash with the words 'Votes for Women' on it

    The Postal Museum

    Celebrate 100 years of ‘Votes for Women’ and delve into 500 years of social and communications history with one-off events at The Postal Museum.

  • Tower Bridge

    Tower Bridge Exhibition

    Join in with our family activities and make a bus model to discover the story of Albert Gunter, the courageous bus driver, who jumped Tower Bridge!