Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library
Aldermanbury
London
City of London
EC2V 7HH
England

Website

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/guildhalllibrary

E-mail

Guildhall Library

guildhall.library@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7332 1868

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Guildhall Library
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Guildhall Library, the library of London history, holds the world’s largest collection of material devoted to a single city. With titles from the 13th century to the present day, it tells the remarkable story of 2,000 years of life in the capital and covers all aspects of life in London, past and present.

Our free temporary exhibitions focus on the library’s collections and the history of London, from the history of the City Livery Companies to Shakespeare and the Great Plague. Accompanying the exhibitions programme is a series of exciting events, including lectures, late views and receptions.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon to Sat 09.30 - 17.00

Closed: Bank Holidays and Saturdays of a Bank Holiday weekend

Admission charges

Free. Some events may incur a charge.

The History of London collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collection is held at the Guildhall Library and the London Metropolitan Archives, and traces the history of the City of London and Greater London. The History of London collection is a unique, extensive and incredibly rich collection of material on the history of Britain’s capital city. The collections reveal the impact of London on social, cultural, economic and political developments in the rest of the country. The collection also reflects the central role of London in the globalisation of the economy and culture since the 18th century.

English legal and parliamentary material
Business history
Books on food and wine
Maritime history including Lloyd's marine collection
Holdings from our Manuscripts collections date from the 11th century and include the archives from most of the City's parishes, wards and livery companies and much more.
Prints and Maps section is the primary source of London's history, our collection of drawings, engravings, maps, portraits, satires, photographs and ephemera spans more than 400 years and shows how artists and surveyors have viewed the changing metropolis.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Maritime, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Poppy

Poppy

  • 4 August — 12 November 2014 *on now

Rebecca Louise Law is best known for her interactive large-scale installations. 'Poppy' is made of thousands of Poppy Appeal paper flowers, forming a floral sky reaching to the floor, encouraging viewers to consider what the poppy represents and to pick a flower. All donations go to The Royal British Legion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/exhibitions/Pages/Poppy.aspx

Poppies by Simon Gregor

The Remembrance Image Project

  • 4 August — 12 November 2014 *on now

For the centenary of the First World War, photographer Simon Gregor has been taking pictures of sites associated with the conflict on the anniversary of when they saw action, aiming to capture the spirit and emotion of each location. On display are photographs from the research phased of the project.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/exhibitions/Pages/The-Remembrance-Image-Project.aspx

Guildhall Library

From Beef Tea to Battleships: Personal Stories from the First World War

  • 4 August — 12 November 2014 *on now

Guildhall Library examines the personal accounts and experiences of individuals, including 'Boy', who served on the first submarines in the British Navy during the war and wrote to his mother almost every week. Alongside letters, medals and other personal effects, a WW1 bugle will be displayed as part of the Horniman Museum and Gardens' Object in Focus project, funded by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/guildhall-library/exhibitions/Pages/From-Beef-Tea-to-Battleships.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Boat voyage

Voyages from the Past

  • 27 October 2014 6-8pm

Maritime genealogist, Simon Wills, launches his latest book by exploring three and a half centuries of passenger travel by sea. How has life on board changed from Elizabethan times to the great ocean liners? Learn about passengers' excitements, frustrations, and dangers as revealed by their own words.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 plus booking fee

Website

https://pastvoyages.eventbrite.co.uk

Photograph of woman with a letter

War Girls - Poetry and Prose by Women in WW1

  • 28 October 2014 2-3pm

Ruth Sillers, with fellow actress Maggie Mash, will discuss and perform extracts from a commemoration of the remarkable experiences of women told in their own words.

Some are the writings on well-known poets and novelist but many are of ordinary women living in extraordinary times.

Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://wargirls.eventbrite.co.uk/

Crypts of London

  • 12 November 2014 6-8pm

In February 1983 the Revd Christopher Hamel Cooke decided to clear the crypt of St Marylebone and open a medical centre. Nearly all the churches of the Cities of London and Westminster had or still have crypts full of coffins. Revd Dr Malcolm Johnson gives an illustrated talk on London's crypts, describing them, and asking what more is to be done.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 plus booking fee

Website

https://londoncrypts.eventbrite.co.uk

An Introduction to Book Arts

  • 4 December 2014 1-4pm

Discover a range of techniques and make your own books during this half-day workshop. Led by Meg Green of Some Odd Pages Book Arts studio, this interactive session lets you explore materials and develop your own ideas in Book Arts and bookbinding, perfect for creating unique artist’s books and for Christmas. No experience necessary!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45 - materials included, tools provided.

Late View: LondEnfold

  • 11 December 2014 6-8pm

Guildhall Library Artist-In-Residence Meg Green presents ‘LondEnfold’ a range of original Artist’s Books inspired by the Library’s collections. Meg will be discussing books as artworks, and vice versa, along with some of the eccentric ideas and projects which fuel this unusual occupation. Presentation will be followed by an open reception where visitors are invited to browse the Artist’s Books with time for questions and discussion.
Includes a wine reception.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 plus booking fee, booking essential

Website

https://londenfold.eventbrite.co.uk

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