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Families and Community

Visit Guildhall Art Gallery to enjoy specially designed family activities.

Activities are free and do not require booking unless stated.

Art Detective Kits (self-guided)

Pick up our free Art Detective Kits from the Welcome Desk. Become a Guildhall Gallery explorer, make detective dice to discover the story behind any artwork, use the torch to hunt for clues, and collect evidence of what you see.


Family Saturday Activities

On the second Saturday of the month, join Guildhall Art Gallery for themed family activities. A revolving programme may have you heading below into the Roman Amphitheatre and hearing tales or Roman conquests, or creating crafts from the Victorian paintings surrounding you.

In June, budding architects and archaeologists can unite to explore the buildings of London past and present as part of Open House Family Weekend. Head to Guildhall Art Gallery and – inspired by its collection – learn about the ancient Roman buildings that once stood. Recreate the City’s skyline and add in the Roman ones that now lie beneath your feet.

Times:

  • 10am-3pm

Upcoming dates:

  • 9 June
  • 14 July

Sublime Symmetry Family Days Walks

In 1900 the great Victorian Artist G. F. Watts collaborated with William De Morgan to create a moving and beautiful Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice at Postman's Park in central London. The memorial commemorates those who lost their lives saving others, and can be viewed just a few minutes away from Guildhall Art Gallery. Discover more about this fascinating and emotional tribute to ordinary people and extraordinary acts of heroism and the exciting artistic collaboration between two of Victorian Britain's greatest artists

Join Sarah Hardy (De Morgan Foundation Curator), Cicely Robinson (Brice Curator, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village) and Tessa Kilgarriff, (Curatorial Fellow, Watts Gallery), on free tours starting from Guildhall Art Gallery, for family and adults audiences. FREE, just turn up

Times:

  • 11am-12noon

Upcoming Dates:

  • 21 July
  • 22 August
  • 8 September

London History Day Victorian classroom

This halfterm, step back in time sit up straight and mind your manners as you enter the world of the Victorian classroom for a lesson inspired by the painting The First London School Board, featuring suffragists Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Emily Davies. Recreated by The Ragged School Museum, the classroom lesson will explore what life was like for courageous Victorian school children, and the different opportunities available to girls and boys. FREE

Times:

  • 10.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 1.30pm

Upcoming Dates

  • 31 May

To book: FREE, via Eventbrite


Roman Women

Learn about the life of ancient Roman women in a family day workshop which includes a talk as well as arts and crafts. Meet a Roman woman who’ll recount the tale of a women’s march in 195BC and tell stories of fighting for women’s rights, before designing a coin with the head of an empress, or decorating a lamp with a Roman goddess. FREE, just turn up.

Times:

  • 10am-4pm

Upcoming Dates

  • 11 August

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Published:
02 December 2016
Last Modified:
22 May 2018

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