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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:
    24/01/2018 - 24/01/2018
    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.
  3. Title:
    The IHR British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar: Sparing the noose: the penal outcomes of convicts sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, 1730 to 1868
    Date:
    24/01/2018 - 24/01/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    05:15 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    A significant and increasing proportion of those sentenced to death at the Old Bailey were ‘spared the noose’ and instead transported, imprisoned, or given free pardons. This talk explains how the death penalty was gradually abandoned and discusses how, and on what basis, decisions about alternative penal outcomes were made. Speaker: Bob Shoemaker.
  4. Title:
    Marc Isambard Brunel and the Making of London
    Date:
    31/01/2018 - 31/01/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Marc Isambard Brunel left revolutionary France for America in 1793, becoming Chief Engineer for New York City. In 1799 he came to England, applying his engineering genius to works in Portsmouth, Liverpool and London. Discover more about his remarkable life and the contribution he made to the development of modern London.
  5. Title:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    07/02/2018 - 07/02/2018
    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.
  6. Title:
    LGBTQ+ History Club: Caring for your personal archive collections, starter session
    Date:
    07/02/2018 - 07/02/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - drop in event
    Event description:
    Find out useful tips for preserving your personal collections including photographs, posters, letters, diaries and ephemera. LGBTQ+ History Club meets to explore and share lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories. Keep up to date here: www.facebook.com/lgbthistory. Contact LMA to be added to the LGBTQ+ email list.
  7. Title:
    Family History Starter Session: Using LMA's Digital Resources
    Date:
    08/02/2018 - 08/02/2018
    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.
  8. Title:
    Creative Presentation of LGBTQ+ History
    Date:
    10/02/2018 - 10/02/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Cost:
    £15 - booking essential
    Event description:
    This practical workshop explores a range of exciting ideas. Damien Arness-Dalton will help you create your own personal history scrapbooks. You will also have time to think about different written styles, art and craft works, zines and audio-visual presentations. See 'Writing the Self: Autobiography and LGBTQ+Lives’ on 17 March.
  9. 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.
  10. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    13/02/2018 - 13/02/2018
    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.
  11. Title:
    Burkers and Body Snatchers
    Date:
    13/02/2018 - 13/02/2018
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    In this talk Kirsty Chilton will explore the infamous case of the Italian boy and the murky world of professional body snatchers - the resurrection men - in which it took place. Presented by the Royal College of Surgeons at LMA.
  12. Title:
    LMA Book Group
    Date:
    14/02/2018 - 14/02/2018
    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 archival material relating to the title is provided. February's read is Kate Grenville's The Secret River.
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