Story of London: Week 3 Highlights

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Story of London: Week 3 Highlights


This weekend's theme is London on Film, but there's plenty of other goodies on offer throughout the week.

Highlight: As the Elephant and Castle begins another major transformation, the BFI looks back to a former incarnation. The E&C was so devastated by Hitler's bombs and the council's planners that it's hard to imagine what the area must have looked like in the 1920s. A rare screening of archive footage on Thursday will help paint the picture, and local architects, documentarists, historians and residents will be on hand for discussion.

Walks: Remember 'Medical London' - the book and accompanying walks we raved about last year? Well, the authors have put together a seventh walk to coincide with the Story of London. Blood, Guts, Children and Power explores the health and medical history of Bloomsbury and Holborn and takes place on Saturday morning (or guide yourself here). Maybe they'll bump into the guided tour of Bloomsbury women, taking place at the same time. And to coincide with Open Garden Square weekend, a tour of the City's gardens leaves the Museum of London on Saturday at 11. The history of London's theatres could take up its own festival, such is the richness of material. But get a taster with 'interactive' tours of the Haymarket Theatre, operating on 13, 20 and 29 June. If you've always wanted to descend into a Victorian ice well, you'll finally get your chance on Sunday when the Canal Museum in Kings Cross opens up its shady pits to visitors . Stay till 6.30 for a 70-year-old film about life on the canals of London

Talks: On Tuesday, author Lindy Woodhead will be at the Bishopsgate Institute to talk about the rise of the department store in Edwardian London. What effects did places such as Selfridges and Whiteleys have on women's freedom? Sticking with the female theme, a talk at the Women's Library on Friday looks at the ladies in Dickens' life, including his mother, daughters and mistress.

Random stuff: Saturday is Sam's Day at Shakespeare's Globe. The theatre opens its doors for free talks, classes and demos to celebrate the birthday of the late Sam Wanamaker, whose perseverance led to the Globe's rebuilding. If fashion's more your thing, head to Carnaby Street over the weekend for a 1960's themed party and discount clothes sales.

Residents of East and South-East London might want to head to the Greenwich Heritage Centre on Saturday afternoon for a screening of old film footage from the boroughs of Greenwich, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley and Newham. Upriver at the Royal Naval College, Henry VIII's court will be recreated over the weekend offering another chance to see jousting, falconry and other Tudor passtimes.

Get the full list of events over at the Story of London web site.

Last Updated 12 June 2009