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This page will provide information on upcoming activities of some of the local historical societies. For further details please contact them directly, or click on underlined society names below to check their websites. Please note: There may be a small charge for non-members at local society events.


London Mithraeum: Bloomberg Space, 12 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AA.
The reconstructed Temple of Mithras within the new Bloomberg building is now open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. For more details, opening times and to book your visit please see the website .

British Museum: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: 020 7323 8181.
Exhibitions:
To 24th February: 'I am Ashurbanipal - King of the World, King of Assyria'. Fee £17.00.
From 11th April: 'Edvard Munch, love and angst'. Fee £14.00.
Lectures (most free but booking essential):
Tuesday 22nd January, 11:30 a.m.: 'The Vikings'.
Thursday 31st January, 13:30 p.m.: 'The fall of Assyria'.
Thursday 21st February, 16:00 p.m.: 'Troy and Gordion - an excavator's perspective on two legendary sites in Anatolia'.
Don't forget their regular free Gallery Talks at 1:15 p.m. - for example:
Tuesday 29th January: 'History and the Ancient Egyptians'.
Friday 1st February: 'The Library of Ashurbanipal'.
Saturday 9th February: 'Silk Road commodities - merchants and monks'.
Tuesday 12th February: 'Greek mythology on Greek vases'.
Wednesday 13th February: 'Ancient Assyria meets Victorian London'.

Science Museum: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Tel: 0333 241 4000 (020 7942 4000).
To 6th March: 'The Last Tsar - Blood and Revolution'. Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century - haemophilia. Free.
To mid-March: 'Superbugs - The Fight for Our Lives'. How society is responding to the challenge of antibiotic resistance. Free.
To 6th May: 'The Sun - Living with our Star'. This exhibition sheds new light on humanity's relationship with our closest star. Fee £15.
Now on show: 'Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo' - a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. Free.
Now on: IMAX 'Hubble 3D'. Join a team of space-walking astronauts on a critical mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Fee £11, book on-line.
Lates: last Wednesday of every month, from 18:45 to 22:00, after-hours themed nights for over 18's. Free, see web-site for the theme and high-lights of each evening.

Museum of London; 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
To 3rd March: 'Disease X' - 100 years on from the Spanish Flu, explore London's history with diseases. Free.
To 10th March: 'Votes for Women' - A new display of iconic objects from the museum's vast Suffragette collection. Free.
From 16th February: 'Styx, Stones and Roman Bones' - An interactive show exploring how the Romans treated their dead. Free.
To 27th April (various dates): 'Roman London Family Walk' - join a journey around the streets of Roman Londinium. Fee £7, book on-line.
To 21st April (various dates): 'Great Fire of London Family Walk' - explore the Great Fire of 1666. Fee £7.
Free daily gallery tours at 11:00, 12:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Tickets available on arrival.

Museum of London Docklands; West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL.
To 15th September: 'Slavery, Culture and Collecting'. Discover how Western culture was used to perpetuate slavery. Free.
To 21st January: 'London's debt to, and involvement with, slavery'. Learn about the latest research regarding the role of slavery in London's history. Free.
Free daily gallery tours at 2:15 p.m. Tickets available on arrival.

Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology:
22nd to 24th March: Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019, University of Glasgow. Various delegate fees, register on-line.

The Society of Antiquaries: Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE.
Tuesday 12th February, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Public tour of the historic apartments of the Society of Antiquaries - see the meeting rooms and library. Free, booking required - call 020 7479 7080 or online.
Tuesday 12th March, 13:00 p.m. to 14:00 p.m.: 'William Morris and the Founding of the Building Conservation Movement', Philp Venning. Free, booking required.

COLAS: 7:00 p.m. at St Olave's Hall, Mark Lane, EC3.
Friday 16th February: AGM and 'Uncivilised Genes - Human Evolution and the Urban Paradox', Gustav Milne.
Friday 18th March: 'The Archaeology of Western Sicily', Ian Jones.

LAMAS: 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.
Tuesday 12th February, 6:15 p.m.: AGM and Presidential Address 'Tapping the Source - how archaeology and history societies change the world', Taryn Nixon.
Tuesday 12th March: 'Knole Revealed - archaeology and discovery from 2011 to 2018', Nathalie Cohen.
Saturday 16th March, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: LAMAS Annual Conference of London Archaeologists 2019, £15.00, book on-line.

COLCHESTER - Roman Circus: Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
The visitor centre, gardens and tea room will re-open on Tuesday 9th April: with an interpretation devoted to the Roman Circus, including the reconstructed bases of the starting gates outside the centre, a model of the circus and a computer 3D model featuring the Roman town in the background. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 11:00 - 16:00, free admission. See web-site for details about tours of the centre and site.

Gresham College: lectures at the Museum of London. Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years. Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution.
Tuesday 29th January, 6:00 p.m.: 'Evolution since Sir Thomas Gresham - how changes over the past five centuries have moulded evolution', Prof Steve Jones.
Wednesday 30th January, 6:00 p.m.: 'Architecture, Images and Image-making under the Stuarts', Prof Simon Thurley.
Wednesday 6th February, 6:00 p.m.: 'Gresham's World - global traffic, trade and the metamorphosis of England', Prof Nandini Das.

City Lit: City Lit run a range of inspiring evening, daytime and weekend courses for London's adults, mainly at their modern building at 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 4BA. Archaeology courses include:
16th February (Saturday): 'Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria'.
This interactive lecture-based course looks Charles' life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria.
17th February (Sunday): 'The Balfour Declaration'.
An introduction to the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI.
21st February (Thursday): 'Late Medieval Spain 1300 - 1500'.
Explore how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula; chart the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises, and study the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom.

Royal Archaeological Institute: 5:00 p.m. at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly.
Wednesday 13th February: 'The Roman Water Pump', Dr Richard Stein.
Wednesday 13th March: 'St Patrick's Chapel, Whitesands, Pembrokeshire - an Early Medieval Cemetary', Ken Murphy.

Oxford University Continuing Education: Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA. Many courses of interest to archaeologists and historians are offered, including:
From 23rd January (Wednesday short courses): 'Roman Art and Architecture'.
From 24th January (Thursday short courses): 'Sacred Sites and Special People - Religion in Prehistoric Britain'.
From 25th January (Friday short courses): 'Prhistoric Art'.

Essex Record Office: Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Tuesday 5th and 12th February, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Essex History Group - 'Where Happiness Begins? - Silver End Utopia and Britains's Interwar Malaise'. Fee £5, booking required.
Tuesday 5th and 12th March, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Essex History Group - 'Maldon Moot Hall', Mike Fogg and Penney MacAvoy. Fee £5, booking required.

Redbridge Museum: Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA.
To 27th April: 'Wonder Women - 100 Years of Women's Lives in Redbridge'. To celebrate 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote, this exhibition explores the lives of women in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford over the past century.
Beginning with the Suffragette campaign to gain the vote and the impacts of two world wars, the displays uncover the changing pattern of work, community, culture, education, family life and sisterhood.
Open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free.

Epping Forest District Museum: 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL.
To 16th March: 'Snapping the Stiletto - 100 years of change'. Explore the inspirational stories of Essex women who contributed to a century of change, celebrating some of the big anniversaries in women’s rights including, 100 years of some British women being given the chance to vote; 90 years of the Equal Franchise Act 1928 which allowed women the same voting rights as men, and 50 years since a major strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham in 1968 forced change to women’s working rights.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free.

Copped Hall Trust: Crown Hill, Epping, Essex CM16 5HR.
Saturday 16th February, 7:00 p.m.: Evening at Theydon Bois Village Hall, £8.
Sunday 17th February, from 10:00 a.m.: Monthly guided tour, £8.

Chingford Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. at The Vestry Hall on The Green, North Chingford.
Thursday 14th February: 'Lippits Hill Camp in Peace and War', Bryn Elliot.
Thursday 21st March: AGM plus lecture.

Colchester Archaeological Group: 7:00 p.m. at Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester CO2 7GZ.
Monday 4th February: 'Verulamium', David Thorold.
Monday 11th February: 'The Angel Roofs of East Anglia', Michael Rimmer.
Monday 18th February: 'The Minster Church of SS Peter and Paul West Mersea', Danile Secker.

Friends of Wanstead Parklands: The Temple, Wanstead Park
Sunday 27th January: 'What the Fire Revealed - Archaeology on Wanstead Flats from World War Two and before', Mark Gorman and Peter Williams.
Tickets £3, please book in advance on pows.wanstead@gmail.com stating number required.

Herts & Essex Architectural Society: 7:45 p.m. at St Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.
Friday 22nd February: 'The Architecture and Design of Social Housing - Successes and Failures', Peter Harvie.
Friday 22nd March: 'The History around an Essex House - Hopwells, near Sible Hedingham', Elphin and Brenda Watkin.

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society: EITHER St. John's Church Hall, Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HH OR Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, E10 6EQ
Wednesday 20th February, 7:45 p.m. at St John's Church Hall: 'Shakespeare's London to the West End Playhouse', Richard Gray.
Wednesday 20th March, 7:45 p.m. at St John's Church Hall: 'Womend's Suffrage', Esther Freeman.

Loughton & District Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, Loughton
Thursday 14th February: David Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 'Loughton Aerodrome', Alan Simpson.
Thursday 14th March: 'A Local Family',Carole Symondson.

South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society: 8:00 p.m. at Champions Manor Hall Community Centre, 94 Hullbridge Road South Woodham Ferrers Essex CM3 5LJ
Wednesday 6th February: 'Railway Branch Lines to Maldon', Nathaniel Dodd.
Wednesday 6th March: 'The History of Lodge Coaches',Robert Lodge.

Waltham Abbey Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL
Friday 15th February: 'Their Name Liveth for Evermore - The Story of the Unknown Soldier and War Memorials', Martyn Lockwood.
Friday 15th March: Puddephat Memorial Lecture 'A Church Saved for the People - the 1960 to 1965 Restoration of the Parish Church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey', Grenville Weltch.

Wanstead Historical Society: 8:00 p.m. at the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2EQ.
Monday 4th February: 'Stratford 1900 seen through Edwardian Postcards', Mark Gorman and Peter Williams.
Monday 4th March: 'The Central Line and its Stations', Jennifer Plummer.


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