The City of London puts on a series of events over the year which illuminates the ‘Square mile’ past and present.
Women’s Voices from the Police: A Panel Discussion
Guildhall Library | 9 March 2017, 6 – 8pm | £5 plus booking fee. Includes wine reception
One of the most significant changes in the City of London Police Force over the past seven decades has been the role of women in policing, seeing them rise ‘from giving advice to girls who have drifted into bad company and visiting the parents of children caught pilfering’ to positions of the highest authority in the force. Join our panellists*, Detective Chief Inspectors Kerrie Gower and Claire Cresswell; Special Constable Sylvia Edwards; and former members of COLP Belinda Harding MBE, Pam Mayes and Cathy Robertson, who will reflect on their own personal experiences and also highlight some of the challenges facing women in the police today.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths – April 2017
The only domestic Roman structure in London reopens to the public in April 2017.
Lower Thames Street is home to one of Roman London’s most fascinating remains. The Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse was discovered in 1848 having survived 2,000 years of building, fires and bombings. Explore this fascinating insight into ancient life in the City on a 45-min guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman Bathhouse which lies hidden beneath office buildings. Find out more about the bathhouse and uncover more of hidden Roman London.
Roman Object Handling
London’s Roman Amphitheatre | 24 March 2017, 12.15 – 2.15pm | Free, no booking required
The Romans established Londinum in approximately AD43: within 30 years they are thought to have constructed a wooden amphitheatre. The remains were discovered during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery in 1985 and offer a fascinating insight into the bloody and barbaric theatre of Roman London. More than 7,000 spectators sat on tiered wooden benches in the open air to watch wild animal fights and the execution of criminals. Join a trained archaeologist for the chance to handle Roman objects.
Echoes Across the Century
Guildhall Art Gallery | 31 March – 16 July 2017 | Free
The Great War involved huge sacrifice, both on the front line, as well as at home. Guildhall Art Gallery’s new exhibition explores the personal stories of those left behind as they grappled with separation from loved ones and kept the country moving.
Immerse yourself in this multisensory journey that explores craftsmanship, memory and separation. Featuring artist Jane Churchill’s installation Degrees of Separation, the exhibition weaves in the work of 240 students as they imagine the impact of the war.
Behind the Scenes at Guildhall Library
Guildhall Library | 27 April 2017, 2 – 3.30pm | Free, registration required
Explore the treasures in the stacks of Guildhall Library including a 13th century copy of Petrus de Riga’s Aurora (a metrical Latin version of the Bible) and the complete run of the London Gazette from 1665 to the present. Join the librarians for a behind the scenes tour and find out more about the history of the library itself.
Guildhall Library is one of the oldest public reference libraries in the world and specialises in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books. Guildhall Library is also home to an internationally renowned food and drink collection and specialist collections devoted to Samuel Pepys and Thomas More among others.
UNESCO Memory of the World – The Great Parchment Book
City of London Heritage Gallery | On display from 29 April 2017 | Free
Also known as the Domesday Book of the Ulster Plantation, the Great Parchment Book was inscribed to the UK register of the UNESCO Memory of the World in June 2016.
The book is a highly significant historical source for the people of Northern Ireland and follows the deliberate settlement of English and Scottish Protestants in Ulster by James I. A survey was conducted in 1639 to gather information about the land and all contracts, with the data brought together in the ‘great parchment Booke’.
Illegible for over 200 years, it can be viewed in the City of London Heritage Gallery from 29 April 2017 for a limited period.
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