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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.

All events held at Guildhall Library are booked via Eventbrite. If you have any questions about booking, or are not able to book online, please contact 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. A London Citizen's Daughter 2019/01/15 Mistresses and Apprentices in 17th Century London
    6-8pm: This talk by Professor Laura Gowing will examine the part women played as mistresses to apprentices in the late 17th century guilds. The detailed stories of what went wrong are one of our best sources for what apprenticeship was meant to be like for girls. Join us to learn more.
  2. Bank of England Artworks 2019/01/23 Never Mind Quantitative Easing, Show Us the Bling: A Peep at the Bank of England’s Artworks
    2-3pm: Bank of England is also home to some remarkable artworks, which Blue Badge guide Tim Kidd will describe in an illustrated talk. Join us to learn more.
  3. Roman Army 2019/01/24 Roman Legionaries
    6-8pm: In this talk historian Simon Elliott launches his most recent book, Roman Legionaries, which tells the story of every aspect of the lives of these elite warriors of the ancient world. Join us to learn more.
  4. My First Sermon 2019/01/29 An Introduction to Victorian Artists Associated with St Paul’s Cathedral
    2-3pm: Stuart Harvey looks at the lives and work of Victorian painters including the Pre-Raphaelites. Join us to learn more.
  5. The Orient Line 2019/01/29 Exhibition Launch - Orient Line: The Last Great Liners
    6-8pm: This illustrated lecture by Stephen Payne will chart the design and service careers of these ships and will be a great launch event for the instigation of the Newall Dunn maritime collection now held by Guildhall Library.
  6. Shakespeare's Portrait 2019/02/05 Shakespeare’s Portraits
    2-3pm: Dr Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at Guildhall Library, reviews the evidence in the hunt for a true likeness of William Shakespeare. Join us to learn more.
  7. London Lives 2019/02/07 London Lives
    2-3pm: Danny Rosenbaum and Rupert Vandervell, the co-authors of London Lives, reveal their insights into London and Londoners through interviewing such luminaries as Zandra Rhodes (fashion designer), David Ison (the Dean of St Paul’s) and Steven McRae (principal dancer at The Royal Ballet) and many others. Join us to learn more.
  8. Women's London 2019/02/19 Women's London
    2-3pm: Join author, lecturer and Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky, as she profiles the many fascinating female characters who feature in her new book 'Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives'.
  9. Henry VI 2019/03/12 Discovering the Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI
    6-8pm: Only child of a warrior father who defeated the French at Agincourt, Henry VI of the House of Lancaster inherited the crowns of England and France before his first birthday. Join historian Lauren Johnson as she tells the remarkable story of Henry's life and death.
  10. Hampstead 2019/03/26 Hampstead
    2-3pm: Stuart Harvey continues with his series of illustrated talks looking at the lives of some of the people associated with this area of London. Join us to learn more.
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