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.
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: 020 7323 8181.
To 14th January: 'Scythians - Warriors of Ancient Siberia'. Fee £16.50.
To 28th January: 'The Business of Prints'. Free.
To 8th April: 'Living with Gods - Peoples, Places and Worlds Beyond'. Fee £15.
Lectures (most free but booking essential):
Thursday 7th December, 4:00 p.m.: 'The Sunbeam Struck the Roof - a Journey of Discovery in Jerusalem'.
Thursday 14th December, 4:00 p.m.: 'Armageddon and the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion - New Excavations
at Legio, Israel and Early Jewish-Christian-Roman Relations'.
Thursday 11th January, 1:30 p.m.: 'Faberge and the Goldmaking Tradition of Russia'.
Don't forget their regular free Gallery Talks at 1:15 p.m. - for example:
Friday 15th December: 'Coins at Christmas'.
Tuesday 9th January: 'The Oxus Treasure in Detail'.
Saturday 13th January: 'From General to Pharoah - the Rise of Horemheb'.
Saturday 20th January: 'Everyday Life on Grrek Vases'.
Wednesday 24th January: 'Voices of Roman Britain'.
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.
Open now: 'Making the Modern World' - Discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. Free.
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
To 31st March 2018: 'Illuminating India - 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation'. Explore scientific
breakthroughs from the ancient past to the present day.
Museum of London; 150
London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
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.
To 21st January: '(Un)Common Currency' - Exploring alternative currencies past and present - from 17th
Century trade tokens to today's Brixton Pound. Free.
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 14th January: 'West Indians - Forefathers of the Metropolitan Police?'. Discover the forgotten
history of the world's oldest continuously serving police force - the Thames River Police. Free.
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.
Free daily gallery tours at 2:15 p.m. Tickets available on arrival.
The Society of Antiquaries:
Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE.
Tuesday 16th January, 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 16th January, 13:00 p.m. to 14:00 p.m.: 'Chinese Art for Western Interiors, 1650 to 1850', Colin Sheaf. Free, booking required.
COLAS: 7:00 p.m. at St
Olave's Hall, Mark Lane, EC3.
Friday 8th December, 7:00 p.m.: Christmas Social Evening.
6:30 p.m. at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
Tuesday 12th December: 'London's Waterfront 1100 to 1666',John Schofield.
Tuesday 9th January: 'Sheep over London Bridge', Murray Craig.
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.
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 6th December, 6:00 p.m.: 'House, Shop & Wardrobe in London's Merchant Community', Simon Thurley.
Wednesday 17th January, 6:00 p.m.: 'London Merchants and heir Residences', Simon Thurley.
Wednesday 31st January, 6:00 p.m.: 'The Fate of the October Revolution Under Stalin', Prof Bob Service.
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:
8th January (Monday): 'Victorian Britain 1868 - 1901'.
Explore major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society,
politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour
movement and the consequences of Empire.
8th January (Monday): 'Archaeology of London'.
Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material
remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
10th January (Wednesday): 'Migration, Displacement and Belonging'.
2015 saw the largest movement of people to and within Europe since the Second World War. This
course draws on contemporary research in the social sciences to examine the experiences and struggles
of migrants, and look at how migration raises important questions of belonging.
Royal Archaeological Institute:
5:00 p.m. at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Wednesday 13th December: '20 Years of Treasure', Dr Micheal Lewis.
Wednesday 10th January: 'The Archaeology of Anarchy? Landscapes of War and Status in 12th Century England', Prof. Oliver Creighton.
Oxford University Continuing Education:
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Many courses of interest to archaeologists and
historians are offered, including:
9th December (Saturday short course): 'Images of the Ice Age'.
9th December (Saturday short course): 'Photographing Archaeological Objects for Record and Publication'.
15th January to 6th April (Monday on-line short courses): 'Ritual and Religion in Prehistory'.
Essex Record Office:
Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Tuesday 12th December, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: 'Essex History Group - 'Christmas Shopping at Sainsbury's'. Fee £3, booking required.
Tuesday 9th January, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Essex History Group - 'One Day in the Battle of Britain: October 29th 1940 Further Explored'. 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
for dates and times, call 033301 32500 to book.
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.
Copped Hall Trust:
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, from 2:00 p.m.: Carol Service, with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets £12 and £6.
Sunday 21st January / 18th February, from 10:00 a.m.: Monthly guided tour, £8.
Saturday 17th February, 7:00 p.m.: Quiz Night at Theydon Bois Village Hall, £8.
Chingford Historical Society:
7:30 p.m. at The Vestry Hall on The Green, North Chingford.
Thursday 14th December: 'Redcliffe's of Station Road', Graham Redcliffe.
Herts & Essex Architectural Society:
7:45 p.m. at St Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.
Friday 26th January: 'Chester - from Tudor to Mock-Tudor', David Stevenson.
Friday 23rd February: 'A Roof Over Their Heads - Early New Zealand Dwellings, 1840-1900', Karen Hansen.
Ilford Historical Society:
7:30 p.m. at Ilford Hospital Chapel, Ilford Hill, Ilford.
Monday 11th December: Christmas Social Evening - talks, mince pies, wine and a quiz.
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 January, 7:45 p.m. at Leyton Sixth Form College: 'My Latest Year of Archaeology', Les Capon.
Loughton & District Historical Society:
8:00 p.m. at Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, Loughton
Thursday 14th December: Members' Social Evening.
Thursday 11th January: 'Lippits Hill Camp in War and Peace',Bryn Elliott.
Waltham Abbey Historical Society:
8:00 p.m. at Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road EN9 1RL
Friday 15th December: Christmas Meeting with mince pies and 'The Waltham Abbey Tabestry', Tricia Gurnett.
Friday 19th January: 'Shops and Shopping Before Supermarkets', Dr. Chris Pond.
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 21st December: 'When Aubrey Road became "Cut Throat Alley"'.
Thursday 25th January: 'The Walthamstow Coppermills'.
Woodford Historical Society:
7:45 p.m. at Trinity Catholic School (Lower Hall Site), Sydney Road, Woodford Green IG8 0TB.
Monday 11th December: 'Behind the Blue Lamp - A History of the Police', David Swinden.