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    Primary school children visiting Guildhall Library
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    Primary school visit to Guildhall Library

We offer three set school group visits, all of which are:

  • Two hours long
  • Maximum 30 pupils
  • Free of charge

If our existing visits are not relevant, it is possible to create your own according to the subject focus of your students. Why not call us for an informal chat on 020 7332 1868 to see what we can offer you.

Where’s My Fork? Food and Manners in Tudor Times

Find out about the food eaten by our Tudor ancestors using documents, books and objects. Activities include laying a table for a Lord and Lady’s feast and finding out what their servants might have been eating. Students will also make Tudor sweets and discover how the Tudors spiced up their food.

This session is suitable for key stage two.

Children’s Lives in Victorian London

What was life like for Victorian children in the City of London? Find out how rich and poor children lived, worked, played and died through the use of books, archives, objects and images.

This session is suitable for key stage two/three.

Plague, storytelling and historical sources

We show you a variety of original sources and contemporary accounts on the Great Plague. Students will be invited to think about how interpretations of the past have been constructed, make connections, analyse trends and begin to formulate valid historical questions. Pupils will also be treated to an atmospheric plague storytelling session in the medieval crypt under the Guildhall which will be followed by a creative writing workshop. 

This session is suitable for key stage two.

London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague, 1665 – available for hire

The Great Plague was a haunting event in the City of London, wiping out almost 100,000 people. Whether young or old, man or woman, saint or sinner, it killed mercilessly and changed London forever.  

Guildhall Library's exhibition takes you through plague material, from books to broadsides, which reveal more information about this devastating period of our history. 

This exhibition consists of eight pull-up banners and is available to hire for display in museums, schools and similar organisations. If you are interested please get in touch at GHLevents@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 020 7331 1869.

How to book a school visit

School visits are usually held on:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
  • Between 10am-12midday or 2pm-4pm

However, it may be possible to arrange a visit on other days/times, subject to availability.

To arrange a visit, please email guildhall.library@cityoflondon.gov.uk with the following information or call us to have an informal chat about your visit on 020 7332 1868:

  • Details and number of students in the group
  • The tour or subject focus if a pre-existing tour does not exist
  • When you would like to visit.

School tours and visits are offered free of charge.

Please be aware that as tours and visits are subject to availability we recommend booking well in advance.


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