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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:
    Let's talk!
    Date:
    01-05-2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free, no booking required
    Event description:
    Do you want more confidence speaking English? Join us every Tuesday to improve your English.
  3. Title:
    West Ham Park Health Walk
    Date:
    02-05-2018
    Location:
    West Ham Park : meet at the Bandstand
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free
    Event description:
    Walking for Health national scheme run with The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders.
  4. Title:
    The Spanish Civil War – a portrait of turmoil
    Date:
    02-05-2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library : Arts Library
    Time:
    12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free, but booking advisable
    Event description:
    A look at the origins and course of the war illustrated by the amazing art works and posters that chronicled those turbulent times.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Title:
    Artizan Library Rhyme Time
    Date:
    03-05-2018
    Location:
    Artizan Street Library and Community Centre
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Cost:
    Admission free
    Event description:
    Come along to the Library every Thursday from 10:30am to 11:00am for fun songs and musical activities. Perfect for little ones aged all the way from 0 to 4 years. Afterwards there is a Stay 'n' Play session with soft toys and puzzles, from 11:00am to 11:30am.
  8. Title:
    Dads’ Rhymetime
    Date:
    03-05-2018
    Location:
    Barbican Children's Library
    Time:
    10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
    Cost:
    Admission free, but booking essential
    Event description:
    Dads - bring your toddler along to our special ‘dads-only’ rhymetime.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Title:
    Writing Course with Rachel Knightley
    Date:
    05-05-2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    £95 for the 4 week course, £18 for a trial session
    Event description:
    A writing course for all genres and levels of experience.
  12. Title:
    Let's talk!
    Date:
    08-05-2018
    Location:
    Barbican Library
    Time:
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free, no booking required
    Event description:
    Do you want more confidence speaking English? Join us every Tuesday to improve your English.
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