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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 GHLevents@cityoflondon.gov.uk 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. The Game of Queens 2018/10/02 Jeanne d'Albret and the Game of Queens in Sixteenth-Century Europe
    6-8pm: Jeanne d’Albret was in a unique position: Queen of a mostly imaginary kingdom, she was a leading Protestant in a mostly Catholic country. This lecture by Mark Greengrass explores her regnal arts in the contextr of the French Wars of Religion.
  2. Sources on Ancestry 2018/10/10 London Sources on Ancestry Workshop
    6-7pm: This workshop will look at different databases for London history on Ancestry. It will show how you can find the different databases, and what sort of information you can learn from these records.
  3. A Woman Ahead of Her Time 2018/10/18 Harriet Martineau: A Woman Living Ahead of Her Time
    6-8pm: Harriet Martineau was a 19th Century radical writer and campaigner. Descended from French Huguenots who settled in Norwich she became famous in the 1830s London for writing about economics and politics. Join author Stuart Hobday to learn more.
  4. The Book of Seconds 2018/11/01 The Book of Seconds: The Incredible Stories of the Ones that didn’t quite Win
    6-8pm: As in Mason's previous books, history is brought to life by fascinating trivia and incredible facts. Did you know, for instance, that Winston Smith’s flat in 1984 is on the cover of Abbey Road by the Beatles? Join author Mark Mason to learn more.
  5. Digital Sources for Ancestry 2018/11/21 Beyond Ancestry, Other Digital Sources for Family History Workshop
    6-7pm: This workshop will look at the 1939 register and searching the census by street on Find My Past, Apprentice registers on London Roll, free BDM and free Census websites, and what records are covered on family search including free family tree hosting.
  6. Dining with Georgian Country Parson 2018/11/22 Dining with a Georgian Country Parson
    6-8pm: Join Principal Librarian, Dr Peter Ross, to learn about what the Georgians ate, their dining habits and the long and gentle life of one of England’s most important diarists.
  7. A Guide to Sources for Family Historians 2018/12/12 Livery Companies – A Guide to Sources for Family Historians
    6-7pm: This session will cover both online and physical sources for tracing your ancestors who were members of one of the Worshipful Companies in the City of London.
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