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Guildhall Library hosts a series of free afternoon talks on London history and related topics as well as monthly evening events from 6-8pm. Evening events are typically followed by a wine reception and a book signing by the author. There is usually a charge for these 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 1869. 

Refunds for events will only be given if places are cancelled up to 24 hours prior to an event (minus the booking fee) or if an event is cancelled by Guildhall Library.

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  1. Stationers Company 2017/08/03 - The Stationers' Company – From Genesis to Google
    6-8pm: Since the 16th century livery companies have been at the centre of the apprenticeship movement. Times and regulations have changed but education and training remain core activities. Join Helen Esmonde (Esmonde Publishing) to learn more.
  2. London's Roman Amphitheatre 2017/08/24 - Art of Roman Wine Making at London's Roman Amphitheatre
    6-8pm: Drink like a Roman at this tasting event exploring the history of Roman wines. Participants will sample a variety of whites and receive expert guidance from Neil McKenzie of Ellis of Richmond, and learn about the history of Roman wine.
  3. Poppies, Pomp and People 2017/09/07 - Poppies, Pomp and People: Featuring People at The Tower of London
    2-3pm: Author Chris West will discuss the diverse group of people who enable the complex, priceless and unique establishment, of the Tower of London, to flourish as a major tourist attraction while also maintaining its heritage for future generations.
  4. Messing About on the River 2017/09/13 - Messing About on the River
    2-3pm: From Frost Fairs to high-speed Rib rides, and from the Lord Mayor’s Show to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river procession, the Thames has been a focus of celebration and recreation throughout its history. In this talk, Pete Smith offers a survey of Londoners’ watery pleasures over the centuries.
  5. History and Treasures of Guildhall Library 2017/09/19 - History and Treasures of Guildhall Library
    2-3.30pm: Join our librarians to learn about the history of Guildhall Library, tour the building (including behind the scenes) and view some of the library’s treasures.
  6. History of Roman London 2017/09/21 - Exhibition Launch: The History of Roman London to the end of the 2nd Century AD
    6-8pm: Join Roman London expert Simon Elliott to hear about the early history of Roman London. Learn how it was founded, its destruction during the Boudiccan Revolt and subsequent recovery, and how it matured to become a key commercial and administrative centre.
  7. Murderer Kate Webster 2017/09/26 - Kate Webster: Sinister Master Murderer of the Victorian Age
    6-8pm: Kate Webster was very much a career criminal. Anne Marie Kilday, Professor of Criminology at Oxford Brookes University follows her transformation from a petty miscreant to the bloodthirsty murderer of her mistress Julia Thomas in 1879, a crime whose wickedness terrorised Victorian society.
  8. Poppies Sculpture at the Tower of London 2017/09/28 - How The Poppies Sculpture Was Achieved In The Moat At The Tower Of London
    6-8pm: Chris West will be discussing the key players who came together to achieve the brilliant planting of 888,246 acrylic poppies which created a World phenomenon at the Tower of London.
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