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Find out about events; art and exhibitions; children’s activities and family fun; community and special events; walks and tours taking place in the City of London. Also its green spaces, libraries and at the London Metropolitan Archives.

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  1. Title:
    100 Years of the Royal Air Force
    Date:
    24/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    The RAF was founded in 1918, merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Discover more about related records at LMA and what they reveal, including the experiences of WWI pilots based at Hendon and the story of Cy Grant, one of the first black pilots to serve in the RAF.
  2. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    25/04/2018 - 25/04/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Join us and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities. Meet at the Information Area desk.
  3. Title:
    Heart of Hackney Archives Session
    Date:
    27/04/2018 - 27/04/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    This talk and document viewing explores the history of this vibrant corner of London from medieval times to the present day. We will chart its development from a rural manor to urban inner-city through documents, prints and photographs. See walk in the afternoon.
  4. Title:
    The Spanish Civil War – a portrait of turmoil
    Date:
    02/05/2018 - 02/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library : Arts Library
    Time:
    12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free, but booking advisable
    Event description:
    A look at the origins and course of the war illustrated by the amazing art works and posters that chronicled those turbulent times.
  5. Title:
    John Wilkes: Outlaws, Radicals and Liberty
    Date:
    03/05/2018 - 03/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    John Wilkes, radical politician, was imprisoned by the King's Bench on 10 May 1768, for sedition and libel. Wilkes supporters protested. Troops opened fire, killing seven people in what came to be known as the St George's Fields Massacre. This talk explores Wilkes’ political career 250 years after this terrible event.
  6. Title:
    Down Below: London's Tunnel World
    Date:
    04/05/2018 - 04/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    The Thames Tunnel opened 175 years ago in 1843. To mark this event this talk explores the tunnel world of London, the people who created them and those who work in them. There will be a display of relevant documents from the LMA collections.
  7. Title:
    Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead
    Date:
    08/05/2018 - 08/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    The souvenir of wealthy travellers, mummified cadavers of ancient Egyptians were not confined merely to museums but became a popular feature of salons and lecture theatres throughout London during the mid-nineteenth century. This lecture places the practice within its social, cultural and historical contexts, as a fascinating example of forgotten London.
  8. Title:
    Morning Sunlight: a painting demonstration by Bill Newton
    Date:
    09/05/2018 - 09/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library : Arts Library
    Time:
    12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free, but booking advisable.
    Event description:
    Professional artist and author Bill Newton will demonstrate watercolour techniques by completing a country scene.
  9. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    15/05/2018 - 15/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Join us and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities. Meet at the Information Area desk.
  10. Title:
    Play reading of ‘To Sir with Love’ by E.L. Braithwaite (adapted for the stage by Ayub Khan Din)
    Date:
    15/05/2018 - 15/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free. Booking essential.
    Event description:
    Literature lovers are invited to join us for an evening of reading and refreshments. No acting experience required. Dramatic parts will be drawn from a hat.
  11. Title:
    Thomas More’s Utopia and Evil May Day
    Date:
    16/05/2018 - 16/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free – just turn up
    Event description:
    Talk by award winning planner Lester Hillman about Thomas More House and how buried in the 'Utopia' are blueprints for urban living.
  12. Title:
    The Freedom of the City of London
    Date:
    22/05/2018 - 22/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    What is it, who can receive it and what does it allow you to do? This talk given by Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlains Court, will explore the history of this intriguing ceremony.
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