What's On Locally
This page will provide information on upcoming activities of some of the
local historical societies. For further details please contact them directly, or click on underlined
society names below to check their websites. Please note: There may be a small charge for
non-members at local society events.
Museum of London; 150
London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
To 17th April: Fire! Fire! - Discover London before, during and after the Great Fire of 1666 in an
interactive exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of this infamous disaster. Fee £8.
To 8th May: Perspectives of Destruction - Images of London 1940 to 1944, paintings and photographs of the city produced by artists during the 1940 London Blitz. Free.
To 31st December: London Stone - The mysterious London Stone is on temporary display at the museum while its home at Cannon Street is redeveloped. Free.
Free daily gallery tours at 11:00, 12:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Free tickets available on arrival.
Museum of London Docklands;
West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL.
To 4th June: 'The Royal African' - a new display telling the story of the slave trade in the 17th and
18th century. Free.
To 3rd September: Tunnel - the Archaeology of Crossrail. A selection of the more than 10,000 objects
discovered since 2009 will be displayed, including Mesolithic tools, Roman London finds and discoveries from the Great Plague of 1665. Free.
Free daily gallery tours at 2:15 p.m. Free tickets available on arrival.
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: 020 7323 8181.
To 7th May: Defacing the Past - Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome. Free.
To 27th August: Places of The Mind - Watercolour Landscapes 1850 to 1950. Free.
Lectures (most free but booking essential):
Thursday 20th April, 1:30 p.m.: 'Sutton Hoo under the Microscope'.
Friday 28th April, 6:30 p.m.: 'New Discoveries at Must Farm - Bronze Age Britain's Pompeii'.
Saturday 29th April, 2:00 p.m.: 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ancient Mesopotamia'.
Don't forget their regular free Gallery Talks at 1:15 p.m. - for example:
Thursday 13th April: The Myth of Osiris in Ancient Egypt.
Wednesday 19th April: Fith Century BC Athens in Five Objects.
Wednesday 26th April: Archaeology Inspiring Art 1770 - 1870.
Saturday 29th April: An Architectural Walk Around the British Museum.
Tuesday 23rd May: Beneath our Feet - British Archaeology.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Tel: 0333 241 4000 (020 7942 4000).
Open now: 'Einstein's Legacy' - discover the influence the visionary physicist has had on science and society. Free.
Open now: 'Journeys Through Medicine' - the tragedies and triumphs of our long search for good health and the ever-changing nature of medicine. Free.
Open now: 'Cosmos and Culture' - from the Stone Age to the Space Age, find out how people around the world have studied the night sky. Free.
To 1 September 2017: 'Our Lives in Data' - find out how 'Big Data' is transforming the world around
To 15 January 2018: 'Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care' - commemorating the centenary of the
Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of casualties during and beyond the First
The Society of Antiquaries:
Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE.
Tuesday 25th April, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Public tour of the historic apartments of the Society
of Antiquaries - see the meeting rooms and library. Cost £10, booking required - call 020 7479 7080 or
Tuesday 25th April, 1:00 p.m.: 'Hands Across Time - Medieval Fingerprints on Wax Seals', Dr Elizabeth New, FSA. Free, booking required.
6:30 p.m. at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
Tuesday 11th April: 'Liquid Assets - interpreting the Prehistoric: Finds from the Thames,Jon Cotton.
Tuesday 9th May: 'Roman London's First Voices - The Writing Tablets from the Bloomsberg Excavations', Sadie Watson.
COLCHESTER - Roman Circus:
Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
Visitor centre now open: interpretation centre devoted to the Roman Circus, includes the reconstructed
bases of the starting gates outside the centre, a model of the circus and a computer 3D model featuring
the Roman town in the background. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:00 - 16:30, free admission.
lectures at the Museum of London. Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of
London for over 400 years. Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education
Wednesday 7th June, 6:00 p.m.: 'Fifty Years of Conservation Areas', Simon Thurley.
Thursday 15th June, 6:00 p.m.: 'Migration - A Historical Perspective', Prof Sir Richard Evans.
City Lit run a range of inspiring evening, daytime and weekend courses for London's adults, mainly
at their modern building in Covent Garden. Archaeology courses include:
2nd May (Tuesday): 'Discovering Victorian London - Empire, Enterprise and Education'.
Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters
who created one of the world's greatest cities.
7th May (Sunday): 'A Walk Through Highgate - Experiments in Urban Living'.
Discover some of Highgate's 20th century developments.
3rd June (Saturday): 'Crime and Punishment in Medieval London'.
Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
Royal Archaeological Institute:
5:00 p.m. at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Wednesday 12th April: Early Career Lectures from Archaeology South-East / UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology.
Oxford University Continuing Education:
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Many courses of interest to archaeologists and
historians are offered, including:
From 18th April to 20th June (Tuesdays): 'Church Archaeology'.
From 25th April to 20th June (Tuesdays): 'Archaeology and the Museum'.
From 8th May to 10th May: 'Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings'.
Essex Record Office:
Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Tuesday 11th April, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: 'The Great War Hospitals of Southend'. Free, booking required.
Tuesday 2nd May and 9th May, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: 'Textiles in East Anglia - An Exploration of the History of Textiles in the Region'. Free, booking required.
Ongoing (various days): Free 45 Minute Tours of the Searchroom - find out how to get the very best from the ERO's Searchroom - see ERO
for dates and times, call 033301 32500 to book.
Enfield Archaeological Society:
8:00 p.m. at Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield (near Chaseside).
Friday 12th May: T.B.A.
Herts & Essex Architectural Society:
7:45 p.m. at St Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.
Friday 21st April: 'Sir John Sloane - His Life, Career and Museum', Frances Sands.
Friday 26th May: A.G.M. followed by a Review of Summer Visits to Peterborough and Much Hadnam.
Ilford Historical Society:
7:30 p.m. at Ilford Hospital Chapel, Ilford Hill, Ilford.
Monday 10th April: A.G.M. and 'The Solace and Inspiration of Nature', John Clare, Edward Thomas et al.
Monday 8th May: 'The First Day of the Battle of the Somme - 1st July 1916', Jef Page.
Waltham Abbey Historical Society:
8:00 p.m. at Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road EN9 1RL
Friday 21st April: A.G.M. and President's Address, Stan Newens.
Friday 19th May, 'Copped Hall's Walled Garden - It's History and Restoration', Pat Styles and Victoria Robinson.
Loughton & District Historical Society:
8:00 p.m. at Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, Loughton
Thursday 6th April: 'Daisy - Countess of Warwick', Margaret Mills.
Thursday 11th May: A.G.M. followed by 'London in the Austere 1950's?',Jef Page.
Woodford Historical Society:
7:45 p.m. at Trinity Catholic School (Lower Hall Site), Sydney Road, Woodford Green IG8 0TB.
Monday 20th March: A.G.M. and 'Mind the Gap - A History of Woodford's Railway Line', Peter Lawrence.
Monday 24th April: 'Stories Behind the Stores', Rachel Kolsky.
Barking and District Historical
Society: 7:45 p.m. at Harp House, 16 Helmore Rd (off Goodey Rd), Barking IG11 9PH
Monday 3rd April: 'The Fanshawe Family', Linda Rhodes.
Monday 8th May: A.G.M. followed by 'Working Lives' - members share their memories.
Leyton and Leytonstone Historical
Society: EITHER St. John's Church Hall, Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HH
OR Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, E10 6EQ
Wednesday 19th April, 7:45 p.m. at St John's Church Hall: 'Palaces of the West End', Richard Gray.
Wednesday 17th May, 7:45 p.m. at St John's Church Hall: A.G.M. followed by 'A Capital Ground - Sport on Wanstead Flats', Mark Gorman and Peter Williams.
Chingford Historical Society:
7:30 p.m. at The Vestry Hall on The Green, North Chingford.
Thursday 16th March: A.G.M.
Thursday 27th April: 'T E Lawrence and Epping Forest', Peter Adams.