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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:
From 8th November: 'I am Ashurbanipal - King of the World, King of Assyria'. Fee £17.00.
Lectures (most free but booking essential):
Thursday 11th October, 15:00 p.m.: 'The Making of United Romania - a 100 Year Journey'.
Thursday 18th October, 13:30 p.m.: 'Packing a Punch - Hogarth and the art of Satire in Early C18 London'.
Thursday 25th October, 13:30 p.m.: 'The Nile and the Niger - a Comparison of Africa's Greatest Riviers and Their Cultures'.
Don't forget their regular free Gallery Talks at 1:15 p.m. - for example:
Saturday 22nd September: 'The Golden Age of Athens'.
Friday 28th September: 'Europe and Asia - Contending with History'.
Wednesday 3rd October: '5000 Years of Chinese Jade'.
Tuesday 9th October: 'Metal Detecting and Museim Collections'.
Wednesday 10th October: 'Recent Coin Finds'.

Science Museum: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Tel: 0333 241 4000 (020 7942 4000).
To March 2019: 'Superbugs - The Fight for Our Lives'. How society is responding to the challenge of antibiotic resistance. Free.
Now on show: 'Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo' - a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. 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.
Now on: IMAX 'Hubble 3D'. Join a team of space-walking astronauts on a critical mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Fee £11, book on-line.
Open now: 'Making the Modern World' - Discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. Free.
From 6th October 2018: 'The Sun - Living with our Star'. This exhibition sheds new light on humanity's relationship with our closest star. Fee £15.
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 11th November: 'London Street Encounters' - Explore the lives of London's street vendors. Free.
To 6th January: 'Votes for Women' - A new display of iconic objects from the museum's vast Sufrfragette collection. Free.
To 10th November (various dates): 'Roman London' - join a journey around the Roman city of Londinium. Fee £12.50, book on-line.
To 4th November (various dates): 'Smithfield' - A guided tour through an area packed with medieval and Tudor history. Fee £12.50.
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 28th October 2018: 'Roman Dead' - Explore where and how Roman Londoners buried their dead and what we can learn about people from their burials. Free.
To 15th September 2019: 'Slavery, Culture and Collecting'. Discover how Western culture was used to perpetuate slavery. Free.
From 3rd November (various dates): 'Docklands Regeneration'. On this walking tour learn more about the regeneration of Docklands and the development of the Crossrail project. Fee £12:50, book on-line.
Free daily gallery tours at 2:15 p.m. Tickets available on arrival.

Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology:
Monday 17th December, 17:30 to 20:00 at the University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG: A.G.M. plus the 2018 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture 'Playing with your food: public engagement through the material culture of food and dining', Dr Annie Gray. Free, book on-line.

The Society of Antiquaries: Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE.
Friday 19th October, 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.: Postgraduate Open Day - a chance to explore the society's library resources. Free, booking required.
Tuesday 23rd October, 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. Free, booking required - call 020 7479 7080 or online.
Tuesday 23rd October, 13:00 p.m. to 14:00 p.m.: 'The Prittlewell Prince', Ian Blair and Prof Christopher Scull. Free, booking required.

LAMAS: 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
Tuesday 9th October: 'London Stone: from history to myth', John Clark.
Tuesday 13th November: 'The Archaeology of the Greenwich World Heritage Site', Jane Sidell.
Saturday 17th November, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: LAMAS Local History Conference 2018, £15.00, book on-line.

COLCHESTER - Roman Circus: Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
The visitor centre, gardens and tea room will be open until Saturday 29th September: 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 17th October, 6:00 p.m.: 'How Natural is Natural? Historical Perspective on Wildlife and the Environment in England', Prof Tom Williamson.
Wednesday 24th October, 4:00 p.m.: 'Mathematics in War and Peace', Dr June Barrow-Green.
Thursday 1st November, 6:00 p.m.: 'How the Reformation Trained us to be Sceptics', Prof Alec Ryrie.

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:
24th November (Saturday): 'Londinium - a Tale of Two Cities (Roman London AD 47 - 457)'.
A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from AD47 to its abandonment in AD 457. Includes a lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
24th November (Saturday): 'Dickens' London'.
An introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
8th January 2019 (Tuesday): 'Transports of Delight - London's Railway Stations'.
Explore a different station each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. Lecture followed by a walking tour.

Royal Archaeological Institute: 5:00 p.m. at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Wednesday 10th October: 'Precinct and Property - the archaeology of a later Medieval monastery: Bordesley Abbey in the 15th and 16th centuries', Prof Grenville Astill.
Wednesday 14th November, from 15:00 p.m.: Early Career Lectures from the Universities of Hull and Newcastle.

Oxford University Continuing Education: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Many courses of interest to archaeologists and historians are offered, including:
From 26th September (Wednesday short courses): 'Bread and Beer: The Archaeology of Food'.
From 1st October (Monday short courses): 'The Roman Rural Worl in Britain and Beyond'.
From 2nd October (Tuesday short courses): 'The Archaeology of Neolithic Britain'.

Essex Record Office: Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Tuesday 2nd and 9th October, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Essex History Group - 'Eastbury Manor House - a Remarkable Tudor Survivor'. Fee £3, booking required.
Thursday 25th October, 10:30 a.m.: Free 45 Minute Tours of the Searchroom - find out how to get the very best from the ERO's Searchroom - see ERO Events page for further dates and times; book on-line or call 033301 32500.

Redbridge Museum: Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA.
From 13th November: 'Wonder Women - 100 Years of Women's Lives in Redbridge'. To celebrate 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote, this exhibition explores the lives of women in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford over the past century.
Beginning with the Suffragette campaign to gain the vote and the impacts of two world wars, the displays uncover the changing pattern of work, community, culture, education, family life and sisterhood.
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 22nd December: 'Walter Spradbery - Artist in War and Peace'. Local artist, Walter Spradbery (1889 – 1969), is best known for his London Transport poster designs. This exhibition explores lesser known aspects of his life: his commitment to pacifism; his work in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War; the musical and artistic events he held for the community at his home in Buckhurst Hill and his role in establishing centres for people to enjoy art.
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.
Sunday 14th October, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Apple Day, £10.
Sunday 21st October, from 10:00 a.m.: Monthly guided tour, £8.
Tuesday 23rd October, from 10:00 a.m.: 'The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings - It's Cause, History and Work Today, £25.

Chingford Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. at The Vestry Hall on The Green, North Chingford.
Thursday 18th October: 'Gunpowder Paper and Leather The Story of Chingford & Walthamstow Water Mills', Neil Houghton.
Thursday 13th December: 'The Origin of Fairy Tales', Morna Daniels.

Colchester Archaeological Group: 7:00 p.m. at Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
Monday 8th October: A.G.M. plus talks from the Dig Committee and other groups.
Monday 15th October: 'The Thames Through Time', Ian Mercer.
Monday 22nd October: 'Marks Hall', Jane Pearson.

Enfield Archaeological Society: 8:00 p.m. at Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield (near Chaseside).
Friday 12th October: 'Bugging the Nazis in WW2 - Trent Park's Secret History', Dr Helen Fry.
Friday 9th November: 'Walbrook Mithras Temple Reconstruction', Sophie Jackson.

Herts & Essex Architectural Society: 7:45 p.m. at St Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.
Friday 26th October: 'The Bishop's Stortford Union Workhouse - as Revelaed by a National Archives Project', Bill Hardy.
Friday 23rd November: 'Smithfield - Past, Present and Future', Alec Forshaw.

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 17th October, 7:45 p.m. at St Mary's Parish Hall, Lindley Road E10: 'Safety and Numbers', Carol Harris.
Wednesday 21st November, 7:45 p.m. at Leyton Sixth Form College: 'The Home Front in Leyton and Leytonstone 1939 - 1945', David Boote.

Loughton & District Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, Loughton
Thursday 11th October: 'The Forest Charter of 1217 and the Royal Forest of Essex', Richard Morris.
Thursday 8th November: 'The Road to the Eleventh of November - How the First World War Ended',Prof David Stevenson.

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 3rd October: 'Braintree Silk Making and the Families Who Worked at Warner Textiles', Charlotte Harding.
Wednesday 7th November: 'The Murder at Moat Farm',Roger Johnson.

Waltham Abbey Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL
Friday 19th October: 'The Road to the Eleventh of November - How the First World War Ended',Prof David Stevenson.
Friday 16th November: 'The Great Stink and a Little Bit More', Dr James Lewis.

Wanstead Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2EQ.
Monday 1st October: 'River Roding - The Essex River', Janet Seward.
Monday 5th November: 'A Tour of Elizabethan London', Nick Dobson.


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