Anyone visiting London on May 31st will be able to enjoy an incredible opportunity to see unexpected historical treasures as part of London’s first ever History Day.
With over 40 museums, galleries and organizations involved, it is a chance for visitors staying probably in affordable Aparthotels London to enjoy talks, walks and discover unexpected insights into London’s history. The range of activities is really amazing.
How about a guided walk around the Barbican exploring the mysteries of Brutalist architecture or be amazed at the beauty of English church embroidery at the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral where a magnificent cope decorated with the distinctive spires of over 70 churches will be on special display?
Stop off at the London Metropolitan museum to see a 22 metre hand drawn copy of the Bayeaux Tapestry made in 1816. Admire a miniature book at the Guildhall Library telling the story of one London’s iconic heros – Dick Whittington. This rags to riches story was inspired by a real man, Richard Whittington who was Mayor of London in the 1420’s.
For something a little more glory, try the Houndsditch museum where evidence used in the Old Bailey trial relating to the Houndsditch Murders can be seen. The Houndsditch Murders took place when anarchists bearing guns fired on City Police Officers who were only carrying truncheons.
Book a stay at short stay apartments London and explore life in the 1950’s at the South Bank Centre. Throughout the afternoon there will be a range of activities including an opportunity to see rare programmes, diaries and photographs as well as a screening of a 1952 film relating to the Festival of Britain which held on this site. You can also take tours around the building tracking down some of the hidden stories dealing with the spectacular Patchwork of the Century quilt which was made in 1951.
Not to be missed is the rare opportunity to see metals being tested to destruction using a Victorian machine designed to test commercial materials. The Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark will be open during the evening enabling visitors to see this incredible machine which was the worlds’ first machine of this kind.
If music is your interest, then head out of your room at Presidential Apartments Kensington for Handel & Hendrix in London at Brook Street, Mayfair. This is where the legendary Jimmy Hendrix once lived calling it his ‘first home of my own’. Visitors can see items relating to Jimmy Hendrix including one of his necklaces.
Eclectic, different and distinctly unusual; the London History Day offers a superb opportunity to discover some very memorable aspects of the city’s history.