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Guildhall Library hosts a series of free afternoon talks from 2-3pm on London history and related topics, as well as evening events from 6-8pm. Evening events are typically followed by a wine reception, and a book signing by the author following a book launch. There is usually a charge for evening events, which entitles you to a complimentary glass of wine.

For a full list of events held at Guildhall Library, visit Eventbrite. If you have any questions about booking, or are not able to book online, please email Guildhall Library Events, or 020 7332 1871.

Refunds for events will only be given if places are cancelled up to 48 hours prior to an event or if an event is cancelled by Guildhall Library.

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  1. The Vampyre Regency Ball 2019 2019/09/06 The Vampyre Regency Ball 2019 at The Livery Hall, Guildhall
    7.30-10.30pm: Discover for yourself what it might have been like to attend a Regency Ball in a historical setting with expert dance tuition from Mrs Bennet’s Ballroom and live Regency music from Fortuna Trio.
  2. John Piper: Master of Diversity 2019/09/20 John Piper: Master of Diversity
    2-3pm: From cathedrals to churches, cottages to coastlines we are never very far from a place John Piper has painted, written about or for which he has undertaken a commission. Join Alexandra Epps to learn more.
  3. The World Falls Apart 2019/10/02 The World Falls Apart
    2-3pm: In 1531 the monastery of the London Charterhouse in Smithfield was one of the pearls of the Catholic life of the City of London. Yet in only six years it was destroyed. Its monks were dispersed, its altars broken and even its orchard was dug up and removed to the Royal gardens. Join John Mitchell to learn more.
  4. Peggy Guggenheim 2019/10/29 Peggy Guggenheim: The 'Poor Little Rich Girl' Who changed the Face of 20th Century Art
    6-8pm: Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Join Alexandra Epps to learn more.
  5. Old Testament Warriors 2019/11/12 Old Testament Warriors
    6-8pm: The age of the biblical warrior was one of both great technological development and innovation in warfare, and clashes between competing cultures in the ancient Middle East. Simon Elliott explains how archaeology can shed light on events in the Bible.
  6. How to be A Lord Mayor 2019/11/13 How To Be A Lord Mayor
    2-3pm: Fancy being in charge of the Square Mile? Living in the Mansion House? City Guide Jill Finch’s light-hearted guide to becoming Lord Mayor describes the route to this top title. Join us to learn more.
  7. Ring A Bell 2019/11/22 Ring A Bell
    2-3pm: Does ‘Orange and Lemons’, the famous nursery song, chime with the modern world? Debt recovery practices no longer ring true, there is a private market in withdrawn currencies. “Two sticks and an apple say the bells of Whitechapel”... Lester Hillman explores the problems and offers timely solutions.
  8. Music Lesson 2019/11/26 Victorian Artists Associated with St Paul's Cathedral Part 2
    2-3pm: Stuart Harvey continues his series of illustrated talks with the “Respectable” Victorian artists Lord Leighton and G F Watts. Contrasting to some extent their lifestyles with that of the Pre-Raphaelites.
  9. Uncrowned Queen, Margaret Beaufort 2019/12/03 Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch
    6-8pm: Historian Nicola Tallis’ third book, Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch, is the first comprehensive biography in three decades of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII, the first Tudor king.
  10. Electronic Resources 2019/12/17 Electronic Resources
    2-3pm: This session is aimed at people who would like to learn about our biographical, family history and London digital resources.
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