Guildhall Library

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

Opening hours

Mon to Fri (except Wed) 09.30 - 17.00
Wed 09.30 - 19.30
Alternate Sat (check website for dates) 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.
Silver pudding trowel from Company's collections

Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers

  • 24 May — 31 August 2018 *on now

This exhibition celebrates the 450th anniversary of the granting of the Tylers and Bricklayers' Company's charter by Elizabeth I in 1568. It traces the history of the Company from its first master in 1416 through to the Company's 21st-century aims and objectives. It highlights the Company's most famous son, the playwright Ben Jonson, and also how the Company was instrumental in the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666.

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/guildhall-library/events-exhibitions/Pages/default.aspx

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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