Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 7 February 2019

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London Lives at Guildhall Library

Things to do

DIOR COLLECTION: Not got yourself tickets to V&A's impressive Dior exhibition yet? What if we told you there's another Dior exhibition in town... and it's free? Proud Gallery showcases fashion photography featuring Christian Dior's legendary designs, modelled by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Proud Gallery (Embankment), free, just turn up, 7 February-7 April

LONDON LIVES: Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Royal Ballet dancer Steven McRae and Dean of St Paul's David Ison are some of the Londoners who were interviewed by Danny Rosenbaum and Rupert Vandervell, the co-authors of London Lives. Hear the pair talk about how they compiled the book. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

CONSERVATION VISIT: The London Metropolitan Archives has some fascinating photos, records and archive material in its collection. Take a free, hour-long behind the scenes tour to find out how the items are conserved for future generations. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: Meet a Collections Officer at the Florence Nightingale Museum and take a 30 minute tour of the exhibits relating to the Crimean War nurse, from her early life to her later work back in England. Florence Nightingale Museum (Waterloo), included in admission, just turn up, 3.30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY LATE: The Jewish Museum stays open late for an evening themed around the medium of photography. Develop your own photos in a pop-up dark room, or make a gingerbread biscuit based on a personal photo or memory. Jewish Museum (Camden), £10/£5, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Another Dior exhibition opens, this time at Proud. All That Glitters, Jean Shrimpton, 1963 © Norman Parkinson / Iconic Images

BREXIT: If you're not fed up of all the Brexit discussion yet, get yourself to this panel debate about the effect Brexit will have on other countries. Australia, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand are all represented. LSE (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

SUFFRAGE PHOTOS: Following a recent Museum of London exhibition about press photographer Christina Broom, the museum's Curator of Social & Working History, Beverley Cook, introduces some of Broom's images of suffrage campaign events. Four Corners (Cambridge Heath), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

HIDDEN DEPTFORD: Did you know that Deptford was home to a royal dockyard? 17th century naval historians JD Davies and Richard Endsor tell all about the little-known seafaring history of Deptford, including how women were involved in the royal dockyard, and why it helped in the development of England's naval power. Take that, Greenwich. St Nicholas Church (Deptford Green), free, just turn up, 6.45pm

HOW THE EARTH MADE US: Learn about how the geography of our planet — including tectonic plates — shaped how humans live today. Professor Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiological researcher and author of How The Earth Made Us, talks about how geography is responsible for factors including what you had for breakfast. Foyles Charing Cross Road, £8/£20, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

WRITE ABOUT ART: 50 years ago, art criticism was a fairly niche form of writing, whereas today, it's in the mainstream, available to read in print and online and taught at universities. Jarrett Earnest, author of What It Means To Write About Art, is in conversation with writers and critics Adrian Searle, Farah Nayeri and Georgina Adam about the current status of art criticism in Britain. Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm

Good cause of the day

Book now for this charity screening of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann, next Wednesday. The event raises money for homelessness and poverty charity West London Mission. Your ticket includes the screening, popcorn and a bottle of water, and stories about the charity's work from its staff. Find out more and book tickets.

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