Take part in London History Day
Happy London History Day! There’s so much going on around the city today and this evening, so scroll on to find out more and search #londonhistoryday for lots more ideas.
Bee Midtown Historical Holborn Walk
At 5.30pm today, head to Holborn Station Kiosk for a free, two-hour walk called Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. The tour follows the life of Mary Anne Talbot, who disguised herself as a man so that she could fight battles for Britain during the 19th-century.
Holborn Station Kiosk (outside Holborn Station), 88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA
Free to join www.bee-midtown.org
Museum of London
2018 marks 100 years since the first women earned the right to vote in the UK, so the museum is celebrating with child-friendly, 30-minute storytelling sessions at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. The stories are told by a ‘suffragette’, who will explain what she did to help fight for women’s rights.
150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Free entry to museum and storytelling sessions www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Old Operating Theatre Museum
Join a walk from 3-4pm called The Nests of Satan, which explores Southwark’s seventeenth-century past as an area bursting with places to drink and brew alcohol. Meanwhile, from 5-6pm in its 1822 operating theatre you can witness a dramatisation of historical surgery – before anaesthetics were used!
9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
From £5 per person, buy tickets here or call 020 7188 2679
The Postal Museum
Clerkenwell’s Postal Museum is also celebrating the fight for gender equality, through various activities including arts and craft sessions for kids (until 3pm), and interactive theatrics: if you head to the museum’s courtyard at 3pm, you can watch a theatre company act out a suffragette protest rally!
15-20 Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA
Adult £10, child free www.postalmuseum.org
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Did you know that a bus driver once drove over Tower Bridge while it was open? Find out more about this incredible moment in the bridge’s history until 4pm today. The museum is also inviting young visitors to build their own model of a bus, to recreate the mad moment.
Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP
Adult £9.80, child £4.20 www.towerbridge.org.uk
Visit the Historic England website for more London History Day events and keep an eye on #londonhistoryday