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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:
    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.
  2. Title:
    The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity
    Date:
    16/05/2018 - 16/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Dr. Elizabeth Williams examines the British support for the anti-apartheid movement by Black British communities. Q&A and book signing followed by viewing documents from LMA’s collection which includes the South African Constitution signed by all parties of the agreement and approved by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996.
  3. Title:
    A visit in Conservation
    Date:
    17/05/2018 - 17/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.
  4. 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.
  5. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    23/05/2018 - 23/05/2018
    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.
  6. Title:
    In search of ... Canonbury
    Date:
    24/05/2018 - 24/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives : ​Meet: Highbury and Islington station (Victoria and Overground lines)
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    We explore the former rural retreat of the priors of St Bartholomew in the City. Canonbury displays 500 years of London’s history, from a Tudor country house to once-abandoned Georgian terraces, and in passing, we’ll discover a river that isn’t, hidden theatres, a futurist gallery and the homes of the famous and infamous. Led by John Finn, City Highlights
  7. Title:
    The 'F' Word
    Date:
    24/05/2018 - 24/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    Award winning writer Akila Richards, says ‘Freedom in democracy is viewed as a right and an entitlement, but freedom to vote, be educated, be free from slavery, to love or exercise artistic expression, had to be fought for with courage and loss of life. There is no guarantee that these acquired freedoms will remain.’ Using archives on the suffragette movement explore your freedoms and what it may take to keep them.
  8. Title:
    A walk around Spitalfields
    Date:
    26/05/2018 - 26/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library : Meeting point is at the Kindertransport Statue outside Liverpool Street Station
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Cost:
    £8 per person, £7 concessions for over 60s and City of London library members, under 12s free. Payment to the Guide on the day.
    Event description:
    Spitalfields has been an area where immigrants have settled for 400 years, and is a remarkable example of how an area has adapted to the needs of these new residents. Join a City Guide to see how each group has left its mark.
  9. Title:
    Open Reading Group
    Date:
    29/05/2018 - 29/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free. Booking essential.
    Event description:
    An opportunity to join one of Barbican Library's regular reading groups for an informal discussion of the Cityread London 2018 book The Muse by Jessie Burton Open to all who have read the novel. Light refreshments available.
  10. Title:
    Youth Symposium
    Date:
    30/05/2018 - 30/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Join young people who have been exploring archives and discover what they’ve found. Find who you might have been in the past. Find a relative. Find your school. Is there someone in the archive with your name, someone who lived on your street or in your house? Get creative and develop some archives to include in your personal archive collection.
  11. Title:
    Inspiration – artists and their muses
    Date:
    30/05/2018 - 30/05/2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library : Arts Library
    Time:
    12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free, but booking advisable.
    Event description:
    In this illustrated talk by Alexandra Epps, discover women as muses and as artists in their own right - from the 'stunners' of the Pre-Raphaelites to Picasso's weeping woman to the Mother of American modernism!
  12. Title:
    May Mayhem!
    Date:
    30/05/2018 - 30/05/2018
    Location:
    Artizan Street Library and Community Centre
    Time:
    02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    Admission free
    Event description:
    Join us at Artizan Library for an afternoon of comic book crafts to tie in with the theme of this year's Summer Reading Challenge. For crafty kids of all ages!
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