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.
photograph of poppy

World War One and the Bank of England

  • 18 September 2014 6-8pm

The latest temporary exhibition at the Bank of England Museum looks at the dramatic impact of the Great War on the economy. This talk at Guildhall Library, by the Museum's Curator, will explore the response to the economic crisis of 1914, and the effects of the war on the Bank of England and its staff.

Followed by question and answer session.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 plus booking fee.

Website

http://wwwiandbank.eventbrite.co.uk/

photograph of impromptu band at the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham

Brass Instrument Manufacture during World War One

  • 23 September 2014 6-7pm

Dr Gavin Dixon explores brass instrument manufacture in early 20th-century London, particularly focusing on instruments made for military use during the First World War.

Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://brassinstrument.eventbrite.co.uk/

photograph of poppies in field

From Beef Tea to Battleships - Late View

  • 2 October 2014 6-8:30pm

'Boy' joined the Royal Navy in 1912 and died in 1917 while serving on a submarine in the Baltic, based in Russia. His story is told through his surviving letters home, enhanced by photographs, and offers a rare insight into the life of a naval shipping lines.

Join Claire Scott to hear more and attend a special late view of the exhibition which features his personal experiences.

Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8.00 plus booking fee.

Website

http://beeftea.eventbrite.co.uk/

Photograph of parcels containing the effects of German soldiers killed in action.

A War of Letters

  • 16 October 2014 6-8pm

Throughout the First World War the Post Office adapted to become messenger and censor. This talk explores the effect on communication and letter writing.

From the Field Service Postcard to the Honour Envelope, from the official notification of a loved one missing in action to the heart wrenching last letters received, join British Postal Museum and Archive Curator Emma Harper on a journey to discover a war of letters.

Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£5.00 plus booking fee.

Website

http://warofletters.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/

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