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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.


London Mithraeum: Bloomberg Space, 12 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AA.
The reconstructed Temple of Mithras within the new Bloomberg building is now open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. For more details, opening times and to book your visit please see the website .

British Museum: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: 020 7323 8181.
Exhibitions:
To 8th April: 'Living with Gods - Peoples, Places and Worlds Beyond'. Fee £15.
To 11th March: 'Pots with Attitude'- British satires on ceramics 1760-1830. Free.
From 26th April: 'Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece'. Fee £17.00.
Lectures (most free but booking essential):
Thursday 22nd February, 13:30 p.m.: 'Behind the Parthenon Sculptures - New Discoveries'.
Thursday 8th March, 13:30 p.m.: 'The Parthenon - the First Monument to Civilisation?'.
Thursday 8th March, 18:00 p.m.: 'Finding Qumran 1Q Artefacts'.
Don't forget their regular free Gallery Talks at 1:15 p.m. - for example:
Friday 16th February: 'Gallant Actions - The Women's Suffrage Movement and the British Museum'.
Wednesday 21st February: 'Pharoahs and the Mediterranean World'.
Tuesday 27th February: 'From Copperplate to Clay - Transfer printed Pottery with an Agenda'.
Wednesday 28th February: 'Temples and Festivals in Roman Britain'.
Tuesday 6th March: 'The Ancient Greeks and Their Place in the Mediterranean'.

Science Museum: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Tel: 0333 241 4000 (020 7942 4000).
Open now: 'Superbugs - The Fight for Our Lives'. How society is responding to the challenge of antibiotic resistance. Free.
Now on show: 'Skylark: Britain's Pioneering Space Rocket' in the Exploring Space gallery. Free.
Now on: IMAX 'Dream Big - Engineering Our World' 3D. Discover the human ingenuity behind so many of our greatest innovations. Fee £11, book on-line.
Open now: 'Making the Modern World' - Discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. Free.
To 31st March 2018: 'Illuminating India - 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation'. Explore scientific breakthroughs from the ancient past to the present day.
Lates: last Wednesday of every month, from 18:45 to 22:00, after-hours themed nights for over 18's. Free, see web-site for the theme and high-lights of each evening.

Museum of London; 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
To 25th April: 'Shades of Suffragette Militancy' - See objects never before displayed and learn about the lives of the forgotten Suffragette champions. Free.
To 1st July: 'Fatberg' - See the only remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg on display. Free.
To 7th April (various dates): Roman London - join a journey around the Roman city of Londinium. Fee £12.50, book on-line.
To 28th April (various dates): Roman fort gate tours - Tour the remains of the western gate of London's Roman military fort, beneath the streets next to the museum. Fee £5.
Free daily gallery tours at 11:00, 12:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Tickets available on arrival.

Museum of London Docklands; West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL.
To 13th May: 'Fighting for Empire - From Slavery to Military Service in the West India Regiments' - explore the changing image of the West India Regiments, recruiting men liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy. Free.
From 27th February (various dates): 'Docks After Dark'. Join exclusive evening tours filled with dark stories of death and spooky happenings. Fee £25, book on-line.
From 28th February (various dates): 'From Grog to Mojito'. Join a tour and rum tasting experience in the fabulous Docklands warehouse. Fee £45, book on-line.
Free daily gallery tours at 2:15 p.m. Tickets available on arrival.

The Society of Antiquaries: Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE.
Tuesday 27th February, 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 online.
Tuesday 27th February, 13:00 p.m. to 14:00 p.m.: 'The Domestication of the Dromedary Camel', Peter Magee. Free, booking required.

COLAS: 7:00 p.m. at St Olave's Hall, Mark Lane, EC3.
Friday 17th March, 7:00 p.m.: 'The Work of a Building Curator for Historic Royal Palaces', Daniel Jackson.
Friday 21st April, 7:00 p.m.: 'Excavations at 100 Minories', Guy Hunt.

LAMAS: 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
Tuesday 13th March: 'Roman Occupation East of the Forum - Excavations in Fenchurch Street and Fenchurch Avenue', Neil Hawkins.
Saturday 10th March, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: LAMAS Archaeology Conference, £17.50, book on-line.
Tuesday 10th April: 'Exploring the Material Culture of Roman London', Michael Marshall.

COLCHESTER - Roman Circus: Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
The visitor centre, gardens and tea room will re-open Tuesday 24th March: with an interpretation devoted to the Roman Circus, including 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 11:00 - 16:00, free admission. See web-site for details about tours of the centre and site.

Gresham College: 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 Institution.
Wednesday 28th February, 6:00 p.m.: 'Military Training in Violence, 1914 to the Present', Prof Joanna Bourke.
Wednesday 7th March, 6:00 p.m.: 'Palace, Park and Square - St James's and the Birth of the West End', Simon Thurley.
Tuesday 13th March, 6:00 p.m.: 'Architecture and the Edwardian Era', Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin.

City Lit: City Lit run a range of inspiring evening, daytime and weekend courses for London's adults, mainly at their modern building at 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 4BA. Archaeology courses include:
10th March (Saturday): 'Life and times of James II / VII'.
Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain, James had a distinguished career before becoming king, and an intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain.
17th March (Saturday): 'London Regeneration - History, Politics and Architecture'.
Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
10th April (Tuesday): 'Early London - An Introduction to the Primary Sources'.
How do we study London’s past? This course introduces the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them.

Royal Archaeological Institute: 5:00 p.m. at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Wednesday 14th March: 'The Archaeology of Large Infrastructure Projects - Roads', Dr Stephen Sherlock.
Wednesday 11th April, from 15:00 p.m.: Presentations by Post-Graduate Students from the University of Kent.

Oxford University Continuing Education: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Many courses of interest to archaeologists and historians are offered, including:
22nd February (Thursday short course): 'An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists'.
8th March (Thursday short course): 'Law and the Historic Environment'.
10th March (Saturday course): 'Understanding Prehistoric Landscapes in South West England'.

Essex Record Office: Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Tuesday 6th and 13th March, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Essex History Group - 'Untold Histories - Black people in England and Wales from the Romans to the Windrush'. Fee £3, 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 'Hands-on-History website for dates and times, call 033301 32500 to book.

Redbridge Museum: Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA.
To 9th June: 'Building Ilford'. Over the last 150 years, Ilford has constantly transformed itself. Today, just as in the 1800s, thousands of new homes are being built for new residents. Rail links will bring the town closer to central London than ever before. Ambitious plans are being developed to create new civic buildings and streetscapes.
This exhibition explores these changes, why they happened and what they mean for local people.
Open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free.

Epping Forest District Museum: 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL.
To 10th March: 'A Sense of Rural Life'. This exhibition will allow you to gain a sense of what agricultural life was like around the district; with fascinating objects borrowed from the Horniman Museum and Gardens alongside items from the E.F.D.M. collection.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free.

Copped Hall Trust: Crown Hill, Epping, Essex CM16 5HR.
Saturday 17th February, 7:00 p.m.: Quiz Night at Theydon Bois Village Hall, £8.
Sunday 18th February and 18th March, from 10:00 a.m.: Monthly guided tour, £8.

Chingford Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. at The Vestry Hall on The Green, North Chingford.
Thursday 15th March: A.G.M. plus 'Chingford Farms', Morna Daniels.
Thursday 19th April: 'The Lodge, Snaresbrook House, Woodford', Lyn Haseldine-Jones.

Herts & Essex Architectural Society: 7:45 p.m. at St Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.
Friday 23rd February: 'A Roof Over Their Heads - Early New Zealand Dwellings, 1840-1900', Karen Hansen.
Friday 23rd March: 'Pargeting and Wall Finishes', Elphin and Brenda Watkin.

Ilford Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. at Ilford Hospital Chapel, Ilford Hill, Ilford.
Monday 12th March: 'My Hideous Progeny - Mary Shelley and Frankenstein 1818-2018', Janet Seward.
Monday 9th April, 7:00 p.m.: A.G.M. plus 'Frank Tingey’s Sketches of Barking, Essex and elsewhere', Bill George.

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 21st February, 7:45 p.m. at St John's church Hall: 'WW1 - Women, The Vote and The War to End All Wars', Carol Harris.
Wednesday 21st March, 7:45 p.m. at St John's church Hall: 'The Remarkable Life of Zoe Hart Dyke', Claire Weiss.

Loughton & District Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, Loughton
Thursday 8th March: 'The History of Staples Road', Chris Pond.
Thursday 12th April: 'Clues in Fiction - An Essex Couple's Secret Ties',Imogen Gray.

South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society: 8:00 p.m. at Champions Manor Hall Community Centre, 94 Hullbridge Road South Woodham Ferrers Essex CM3 5LJ
Wednesday 7th March: 'The Battle of Maldon', Stephen Nunn.
Wednesday 4th April: 'A Trip up the River Crouch in Old Photographs',Kevin Bruce.

Walthamstow Historical Society: 7:45 p.m. at the Large Hall in the Family Centre, St Gabriels Church, Havant Road (off Wood St), Walthamstow, E17 3JF.
Thursday 22nd February: 'Buckhurst Hill - The Development of a Nearby Suburb'.
Thursday 22nd March: 'Cinema and The Great War'.


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