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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:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    12/12/2017 - 12/12/2017
    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.
  3. Title:
    Christmas in the City with Scrooge
    Date:
    13/12/2017 - 13/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives : Meet: St Paul's underground station, street level, exit to cathedral (Central Line)
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    Discover how the Victorians 're-invented' Christmas and provided us with most of the things we associate with this festive season. We'll look for Christmas trees, the Christmas turkey, and all the Victorian trimmings, not forgetting Charles Dickens's famous Christmas characters, and taking a look at what Christmas meant for the poor. Led by John Finn, City Highlights.
  4. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    13/12/2017 - 13/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    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.
  5. Title:
    LMA Book Group
    Date:
    13/12/2017 - 13/12/2017
    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's history. December's reads are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
  6. Title:
    A visit in Conservation
    Date:
    14/12/2017 - 14/12/2017
    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.
  7. Title:
    The City in the Blitz
    Date:
    29/12/2017 - 29/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives : ​Meet: St Paul's underground station, street level, exit to cathedral (Central Line)
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    On 29 December 1940 the City of London was subjected to one of the most intense bombing raids of the Second World War. This walk retraces the sequence and focal points of the raids, and the personal stories and heroism of the people involved. Led by Chris Everett, City Highlights.
  8. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    10/01/2018 - 10/01/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in event
    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.
  9. Title:
    Family History Starter Session: Using LMA's Digital Resources
    Date:
    11/01/2018 - 11/01/2018
    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.
  10. Title:
    Exploring London's Past
    Date:
    11/01/2018 - 11/01/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Cost:
    £350
    Event description:
    This course unit is offered by Birkbeck College and runs from 11 January to 15 March 2018. Explore the development and growth of London using documents from LMA's collections. Tutor: Mike Berlin. Please book through Birkbeck www.bbk.ac.uk
  11. Title:
    The Art of Crime: Convict Art in association with Ikon, Birmingham
    Date:
    13/01/2018 - 13/01/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    An introduction to the making of LMA’s ‘Criminal Lives’ exhibition and the representation of convicts. Pugin, Rowlandson and Hogarth prints from LMA's collections will be on show. Art Historian Linzi Stauvers will discuss the life of transported convict artist, Thomas Bock. (Exhibition at Ikon, Birmingham, 6 December 2017 - 11 March 2018).
  12. Title:
    Culture Queens Meet LGBTQ+ History
    Date:
    10/02/2018 - 10/02/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Join us for a film screening, discussion groups and workshops exploring how feminist discourses, LGBTQ+ history and cultural expression can empower people and bring about social change which is good for everyone. Full details on Eventbrite.
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