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London History Day 2018

​Stalls at London History day

London History Day 2018

On 31 May LMA hosted Women and Power as part of Historic England’s London History Day. Around 150 people attended and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day. We were very excited to welcome a fabulous range of organisations and individuals telling the stories of extraordinary women to inspire us all. These included The Marx Memorial Library, Gunnersbury Museum, The Vagina Museum, Retired Caribbean Nurses, the Salvation Army, Barings Bank Archives, British Telecom Archives, the Royal College of Nursing and the Huguenots of Spitalfields.

There were lots of other activities on the day such as film screenings, exploring documents and talks, including guest speakers from the History of Parliament and their oral history project focused on Women MPs. The conservation team ran a workshop introducing some basic bookbinding skills, but also talking about the significant role of women in the bookbinding industry.

Of course, a highlight of the day was the brilliant sign writing workshop run by Vg Lee and Mary Vassallo. Val and Mary ran their own sign writing business in the 1980s through to 2000 and have recently deposited their archive at LMA. This event was the first inspired by their work and we hope there will be more events to come!

As part of LMA’s London History Day celebrations on 31 May the KinoVan (a mobile cinema inspired by travelling cinema vans of the 1920s) came to Guildhall Yard showing archive film compilations on women worker’s rights and the suffragette movement from London's Screen Archives, LMA, the British Film Institute, and the Royal Albert Hall. The hour-long programme screened on a loop attracted viewers of all ages and including City workers and tourists.

Youth Symposium, 2018

​Youth Symposium

​Festival – Word on the Street 2018

In the last two weeks of May LMA hosted its third cultural festival. The theme this year was freedom and a varied programme of events was on offer. On 12 May there was a day linked to the Digital Panopticon crime and punishment exhibition then on at LMA which explored how to discover victims and rogues in family history. The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa attracted a large audience on 16 May as did a presentation on 22 May by Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court of the City of London Corporation, on City Freedoms.

One of the highlights of the festival was The Youth Symposium on 30 May which brought together a wide range of young people who explored archives to discover more about local history, joined in creative writing sessions and participated in debates and presentations. Part of this day was an exploration of the Exhibition in a Suitcase which has been created as part of the Aldersgate Community Festival. The suitcases were on display for the full two weeks and attracted a lot of attention and positive reaction.

Plans are already being made for next year’s festival which will take place in May 2019.

19 July 2018
Last Modified:
14 June 2019