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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:
    Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
    Date:
    11/12/2017 - 17/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    12:00 AM - 12:59 AM
    Cost:
    Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours
    Event description:
    Between 1700 and 1900, Britain stopped punishing the bodies of convicts and increasingly sought to reform their minds. Exile and forced labour in Australia and incarceration in penitentiaries became the dominant modes of punishment. This exhibition uses the collections of LMA to trace the impact of these punishments on convict lives.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Title:
    Deciphering Old Handwriting (intermediate)
    Date:
    26/04/2018 - 26/04/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    £8 - booking essential
    Event description:
    This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 16th and 17th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering early historical writing. Some experience of reading historical documents is required.
  5. 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.
  6. Title:
    Heart of Hackney Walking Tour
    Date:
    27/04/2018 - 27/04/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives : Meet: Steps of Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street.
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    Walk around the heart of Hackney tracing its heritage from Saxon settlement to city borough. The walk includes a visit to Hackney Museum, a climb of 137 steps to the top of the 13th century St. Augustine’s Tower, concluding in the Linen Fold Parlour of 1535 Sutton House, built by Wolf Hall's very own Ralph Sadleir.
  7. Title:
    Deciphering Old Handwriting (beginners)
    Date:
    02/05/2018 - 02/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
    Cost:
    £8 - booking essential
    Event description:
    This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering historical writing.
  8. Title:
    LGBTQ History Club: Revisiting Section 28
    Date:
    02/05/2018 - 02/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in or book
    Event description:
    In May 1988 Section 28 was passed into law as part of the Local Government Bill. It became illegal for local authorities to 'promote homosexuality’ and homosexuality was described as a ‘pretend family relationship’. Thirty years on discover the impact of Section 28 and how it was resisted over many years.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    08/05/2018 - 08/05/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in
    Event description:
    This practical session aims to help you to handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don’t's that apply in the Archive Study Area.
  12. 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.
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