Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library
Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HH

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Dr Johnson And His Love Of Books

Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest writers of the 18th century, had the good fortune to be born in a book shop. Thus began his life-long love of books. Often seen entertaining local customers with his impressive talent for recitation, Johnson would later use his knowledge of literature to inform his own writings.

Thu 20 Apr

Everything You Know About London Is Wrong

London trivia books will tell you about pubs with hidden prison cells, the real name of the Eros statue and the only road where you must drive on the right. We all repeat these anecdotes without stopping to ponder whether they're actually true. In this talk, Editor-at-Large of Matt Brown overturns some of…

Jack And Old Jewry: The City Of London Policemen Who Hunted The Ripper

In 1888 Jack the Ripper committed a murder within the City of London. Yet with all the opinions surrounding who 'Jack' was, we forget the police officers who dealt with what 'Jack' left behind. Join Amanda Harvey Purse for the launch of her new book, to hear more about the lives of these policemen, making them more real…

Londinium AD43

In this exhibition, photographer Eugenio Grosso takes you on a photographic journey through time from the foundation of London to the present. By overlapping Roman and contemporary maps, a shared geography emerges showing how much of the Roman settlement has been preserved through the centuries. This exhibition displays…

Mon 27 Feb


Tue 28 Feb


Wed 1 Mar


…and 22 more dates until 31 Mar

The London History Quiz

Pit your wits against Guildhall Librarians. Eight people to a team, but if you're short of numbers, you'll be paired with other guests to make a full team. Quiz Master has the final say. Includes one glass of wine, additional drinks can be bought with tokens.

Thu 27 Apr

Making Money: Banknotes And The Bank Of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum opened a newly refurbished Banknote Gallery in September, to celebrate the launch of the Bank's first polymer banknote, the Winston Churchill £5 note. Find out more about the history of the Bank of England and the production of its banknotes, from Curator Jennifer Adam.

Marie Duval: Laughter In The First Age Of Leisure

Isabelle Emilie de Tessier was a London actress, cartoonist and illustrator who worked under the pseudonym 'Marie Duval'. Her work first appeared in a variety of the cheap British penny papers and comics of the 1860s -1880s, for urban working class people. This exhibition at Guildhall Library is the first one dedicated…

…and 12 more dates until 17 Mar

Super-recognisers: Exceptional At Face Recognition - Exceptional At Crime Fighting

The ability to recognise faces ranges from those who cannot even recognise close relatives, to super-recognisers, who 'never forget a face'. Following the London Riots of 2011, some super-recogniser police officers identified large numbers of suspects from CCTV images vastly outperforming computerised face recognition…

What Books Can Tell Us

We all think we know the answer to this - books are full of knowledge or stories - but have you stopped to think about how much they can tell us from the ways they've been used, marked, mutilated, sold or bound? Join us for a late view of our new exhibition Books: Used and Abused, at which David Pearson, author of Books…

Thu 30 Mar

Women's Voices From The Police: A Panel Discussion

One of the most significant changes in the City of London Police Force over the past seven decades has been the role of women in policing, seeing them rise advising 'girls who have drifted into bad company' to positions of the highest authority in the force. Join our panel of current and former female police officers who…

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