Thursday, 4 February 2016

London Metropolitan Archives - February events

Forthcoming events from London Metropolitan Archives:


War in London
Runs until 27 April 2016

The current exhibition at LMA reveals the effects of five conflicts on Londoners and their city, from the English Civil War to the Cold War.

This exhibition uncovers historical manuscripts, maps, photographs and films that tell us about the destruction of the city, the threat of imminent invasion and the heroism of ordinary Londoners.

War in London: 20thC Conflicts and London’s Response

This informal session will be an opportunity to examine some of LMA’s material relating to the First and Second World Wars and to civil defence plans in the second half of the century.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Tuesday 16 February, 2 - 3 pm.

You can see more events for our War in London exhibition on our events feed on Eventbrite.

Talks and events

The Voice of a Community

Hear the recollections of relatives whose family emigrated from China to London during the early 1900s, listen to the memories of Black sailors who worked aboard the British Merchant Naval ships of the 1950s and uncover what life was like as a resident on a Peabody Estate in the 1930s.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Thursday 4 February, 3 - 4 pm.

Drill Hall Days & Nights: 1977-2011

For nearly 35 years the Drill Hall Theatre and arts centre in Bloomsbury changed London’s cultural and political landscape.

The Drill Hall archive is now at LMA and Outhouselondon is hosting a celebration with performers, friends, speakers and recordings of shows plus guided tours of the LMA archives. All of this is followed by fabulous food and drinks at The Bourne & Hollingsworth bar (fully accessible and next door) from 2pm onwards.

£10 / £7 - booking essential (includes drinks and canapés). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Friday 5 February, 12.30 - 2 pm.

Maps and London

In 1616 Dutchman Claes Visscher published his now famous panorama of London. In this day of talks and walks we will explore the archives collection of maps, plans and panoramas before taking to the streets to compare the modern city with the old.

£10 (bring a picnic) - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 13 February, 11 am - 4 pm.


Animating Black Archives - the Next Ten Years: Annual Huntley Conference at LMA

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA will partner and present with linked archives. There will be presentations from the Black Cultural Archives, the George Padmore Institute, the Institute for Race Relations, FHALMA and photographer Charlie Phillips.

The conference will address ‘ways forward’ for Black British Archives over the next ten years and showcase related recent and future projects.

£10 - booking essential (includes lunch). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 27 February, 11 am - 4.30 pm.

Regular events

LGBTQ History Club

Surat-Shaan Rasberger Knan will make a presentation on the Twilight People oral history project. The project sets out to record the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith. Discover more about the project here:

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 3 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out full details for the event on Eventbrite

Film Club

February Film Club: London’s Parks and Forests

This month's Film Club will look at the green spaces that are so important to London. We will see a number of parks and forests, with a particular focus on Epping Forest. We hope you can join us in watching a range of films that examine these characteristic parts of our city.

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 17 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out details of the full programme on the Eventbrite website

Training sessions for new visitors to LMA:

We run a variety of learning sessions for new visitors, or anyone who wants a refresher on how to get the most out of your research at London Metropolitan Archives. You can check our events listings on eventbrite to see which sessions are coming up:

Getting Started: Come along and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities.

Using the Catalogue: There are 3.5 million record descriptions in our catalogue! Let us help you find your way around with advice and guidance for exploring our collections online.

Handling Documents: This practical session aims to help you handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don’ts that apply in the Archive Study Area.

Family History Starter Session - Using our Digital Resources: Starting your family history? Come along to this workshop and learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.

Deciphering Old Handwriting: This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA’s collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing. We run sessions for beginners and intermediate level.

For events dates, times and booking details for these sessions and all our other events, please see the LMA events feed on the Eventbrite website.

A Visit to Conservation

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Thursday 18 February, 2 - 3 pm.

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