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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:
    Life on the London Stage
    Date:
    10/07/2017 - 06/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    01:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Cost:
    Free - exhibition, no need to book. Open during normal office hours
    Event description:
    This exhibition will uncover the lives of performers on the London stage, from the days of Elizabethan theatre to the 20th century. Original records that document the successes of some of London’s most celebrated performers will appear alongside workhouse records, court registers and other sources. From Shakespeare’s forgotten brother to Charlie Chaplin and the stars of Music Hall, Life on the London Stage will delve into our and present a fascinating record of the lives of London’s entertainers.
  2. Title:
    Use LMA: Getting Started
    Date:
    22/11/2017 - 22/11/2017
    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:
    Document Handling at LMA
    Date:
    22/11/2017 - 22/11/2017
    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.
  4. Title:
    A visit in Conservation
    Date:
    23/11/2017 - 23/11/2017
    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.
  5. Title:
    Taking Stock: The Third LMA Disability History Conference
    Date:
    24/11/2017 - 24/11/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free (bring a picnic) - booking essential
    Event description:
    Combining presentations and workshops, this conference looks at how we know about impairment, disability and people with disabilities from the past. What are our sources and how do they get created? What do they tell us? What don’t they tell us? Could they be misleading us? Come and join the big debate.
  6. Title:
    The Clerkenwell Outrage
    Date:
    28/11/2017 - 28/11/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    The Clerkenwell Outrage happened on 13 December 1867. The Irish Republican Brotherhood ('Fenians'), exploded a bomb to free one of their members in Clerkenwell Prison. Houses were damaged and 12 people killed but the plan failed. A relief fund was set up and this talk offers fascinating insights into the event.
  7. Title:
    Black Tudors - The Untold Story
    Date:
    29/11/2017 - 29/11/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Miranda Kaufmann presents a fascinating talk on the history of people of African origin living in Tudor England. Dr. Miranda Kaufmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  8. Title:
    Talking Back!
    Date:
    02/12/2017 - 02/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Cost:
    £10-£15 (sandwich lunch provided) - booking essential
    Event description:
    The fifteenth LGBTQ+ History and Archives conference is being programmed by the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group. Explore powerful histories expressed through oral history recordings, methods of collecting and sharing in heritage and community settings and how marginalised histories can be brought into sharp focus through effective oral history practice.
  9. Title:
    Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
    Date:
    04/12/2017 - 04/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (9 June 1836–17 December 1917) was the first woman in Britain to qualify as a physician and surgeon and was also the founder of the first hospital staffed by women. Her civic achievements included becoming Mayor of Aldeburgh. Discover more about this remarkable woman and her life.
  10. Title:
    Deciphering Old Handwriting (Advanced)
    Date:
    05/12/2017 - 05/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Cost:
    £8 - booking essential
    Event description:
    This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 15th and 16th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering early historical writing. Some experience of reading historical documents is required.
  11. Title:
    Royal College of Surgeons Talk
    Date:
    06/12/2017 - 06/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Based on the Greek word theasthai meaning ‘behold’, operating theatres have traditionally been as much spaces for viewing by many observers as their non-medical counterparts. From public dissections in spaces designed by theatrical architects, to the flamboyance and spectacle of early surgery and our own modern obsession with operations on television; Professor Vishy Mahadevan explores the theatrical side of the operation.
  12. Title:
    LGBTQ+ History Club: Blowing the Lid - Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens
    Date:
    06/12/2017 - 06/12/2017
    Location:
    London Metropolitan Archives
    Time:
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    Cost:
    Free - booking essential
    Event description:
    Stuart Feather will be reading from his remarkable book about the history of the Gay Liberation Front 1970-74. Discover more about the GLF, protest and confrontation and the sometimes bitter, often hilarious experiences of those involved. A participant in many of the actions described, Stuart also includes contributions from many other activists.
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