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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 - 16-05-2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    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:
    Deciphering Old Handwriting (beginners)
    Date:
    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.
  3. Title:
    LGBTQ History Club: Revisiting Section 28
    Date:
    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.
  4. Title:
    John Wilkes: Outlaws, Radicals and Liberty
    Date:
    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.
  5. Title:
    Down Below: London's Tunnel World
    Date:
    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.
  6. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    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.
  7. Title:
    Lost in Time and Space: Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead
    Date:
    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:
    LMA Book Group
    Date:
    09-05-2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    We meet monthly to explore a range of London writing, with a remit covering fiction and non-fiction for all periods in London history. A display of archive material relating to the title is provided. As part of Cityread 2018, May's read is Jessie Burton's The Muse.
  9. Title:
    Family History Starter Session: Using LMA's Digital Resources
    Date:
    10-05-2018
    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:
    Panopticon - Victims & Rogues in the Family?
    Date:
    12-05-2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Discover the ‘true crime’ story in your family tree. Using examples drawn from biographies of convicts, historical records and newspapers, learn how to tell the story of your ancestor’s brush with the law, with Aoife O'Connor of Findmypast and the Digital Panopticon project.
  11. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    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.
  12. Title:
    Roads to Freedom
    Date:
    15-05-2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    Cost:
    £10 - booking essential
    Event description:
    Who has made it possible for us to exist in our freedoms today? A chance to reflect on where we are from and where we are going. Using the Huntley Archives, we will honour those who paved the journey before us, re-imagine moments of resistance, and map our own roads to justice. Facilitator: Sai Murray (poet)
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