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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:
    The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, c.1447 to 1980
    Date:
    06/02/2017 - 05/07/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
    Cost:
    Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours
    Event description:
    Hundreds of thousands of faces - images of born Londoners and more transient visitors - are preserved forever in our archive collections. From Lord Mayors to chimney sweeps, waitresses to wrestlers, London has increasingly been a magnet for those looking for work. Some jobs appear strangely familiar, miraculously little changed across more than five centuries, while others are more or less a mystery to all except their practitioners. Images of working Londoners capture the strangeness and the familiarity, the toil, flair and sheer vitality of work in London. Winners, losers, the famous or the forgotten, countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their daily work in the capital. From fifteenth century drawings to colour photographs, the archive brings them all together and presents them as the history of our capital city.
  2. Title:
    A visit to Conservation
    Date:
    25/05/2017 - 25/05/2017
    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.
  3. Title:
    John Donne in the Archives
    Date:
    25/05/2017 - 25/05/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Find out about one of England’s great poets and preachers, John Donne (1572-1631). Join Dr Mary Ann Lund (University of Leicester) and Professor Peter McCullough (University of Oxford) to explore manuscripts that provide clues about Donne’s life and literature with tips on how to research 16th and 17th century lives. (Sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.)
  4. Title:
    London History Day!
    Date:
    31/05/2017 - 31/05/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking optional
    Event description:
    As part of the London History Day celebrations LMA is offering an exciting day of activities, crafts and archive discoveries. Meet the Normans, write your own document, make a seal, create a portrait, put yourself on the London map and watch some films. You can also see some of our most curious documents including the longest, the heaviest and the smallest.
  5. Title:
    LGBTQ History Club
    Date:
    07/06/2017 - 07/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in, no need to book
    Event description:
    A regular monthly meeting to explore lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories. Keep up to date with the programme here: www.facebook.com/lgbthistory
  6. Title:
    Family History starter session: Using LMA's digital resources
    Date:
    08/06/2017 - 08/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Starting your family history? Join us at this workshop to learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.
  7. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    13/06/2017 - 13/06/2017
    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.
  8. Title:
    The Londoners: Exhibition tour with the curator
    Date:
    13/06/2017 - 13/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 01:20 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in event, no need to book
    Event description:
    Join us for a tour of The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City. The tour will include an introduction and feature highlights from the exhibition.
  9. Title:
    London's Air War
    Date:
    13/06/2017 - 13/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    June 1917 saw the opening of a new phase in the aerial battle over London’s skies with fixed wing aircraft joining the assault. This illustrated talk tells the story of London’s First World War experiences of bombing from from the first raid in May 1915 to the last in August 1918.
  10. Title:
    In Search of ... Silvertown
    Date:
    14/06/2017 - 14/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives : Meet at Pontoon Dock DLR, podium level by ticket machines
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    Note: includes short ride on DLR – ticket not included. A walk exploring Silvertown from its 19th century beginnings as an industrial/residential area serving the docks and a fringe of factories, including views of Millennium Mills, Tate & Lyle Refinery, and modern landmarks such as the Music Hall Museum, City Airport and Thames Barrier. Also the site of the munitions factory explosion of 1917.
  11. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    14/06/2017 - 14/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in, no need to book
    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’ts that apply in the Archive Study Area.
  12. Title:
    LMA Book Group
    Date:
    14/06/2017 - 14/06/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    LMA Book Group is a reading group that meets monthly to explore a range of London writing, with a remit covering fiction and non-fiction for all periods in London history. June’s read is Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.
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