In 2012 I organised a meetup group called Dickens in London, inspired by the great novelist's bi-centenary and to take advantage of the many events that commemorated this. One year on I changed the group to to Victorian London to extend the thread, sometimes stretching the definition of VIctorian. Then In August 2015, as I began to exhaust the possibilities for meet ups, I decided on yet another transformation, renaming the group HISTORICAL LONDON. The possibilities are now endless- although I still have personal bias to the 19th Century.
We will visit historical buildings , museums and exhibitions. From time to time I will arrange walks. There are so many exciting possibilities... We will always end in a cafe or bar. A meetup will be arranged every 4 - 6 weeks, usually on a Saturday or Sunday but sometimes on a weekday evening. I will usually keep the group quite small (20 max). If you have any ideas, please get in touch.
Top Tip -Join The Art Fund. Membership supports the acquisition of art work and gets you half price to many exhibitions and historic houses. (Some are free!) First year Direct Debit is cheaper. Here is the link: http://www.artfund.org/get-involved/buy-a-national-art-pass?gclid=CJ2N0P-wzsQCFQMewwod0BkAtw
It is very easy to click and join or RSVP - that is the beauty of the web. However, the downside of this is that last minute cancellations and no shows are frustrating for me and other attendees. Also, the Meetup organisation now charges me more for having more members. I know this is corny, but please "Think before you click!"
I have decided to usually remove members who : -
• do not visit the site for more than 3 months
• do not show - it is easy to contact me via email or text right up to the last minute
• have been members for more than 6 months but have not attended a meetup (This may vary if I have not not organised very much)
I hope the above seems reasonable.
Welcome to a group that will indulge your interest in the history of London
June 13 · 1:30 PM
Visit The Geffrye Museum
I never tire of this collection of domestic interiors from 1630 and the cottage garden,but at the moment there is also an exhibition about Homelessness in Victorian... Learn more
May 10 · 12:30 PM
Visit Emery Walkers House
"No 7 Hammersmith Terrace is a tall terraced house on the River Thames at Hammersmith in west London. Its sober Georgian exterior hides a secret – the decoration and... Learn more
March 1 · 2:00 PM
Visit the Freud Museum
My rationales for visiting this museum are 1. He was a Victorian 2. It looks interesting 3. I have never been. Here is the link: http://www.freud.org.uk/visit/
Admission... Learn more
Nov 9, 2014 · 1:45 PM
Visit The Red House
This is the only house designed and lived in by Willliam Morris, the founder of the Arts and Craft Movement. It was only acquired by the NT 10 ears ago and as they... Learn more
Oct 19, 2014 · 12:00 AM
Visit Highgate Cemeteries
I will have to get my head around the details for this meetup and do an update. It looks exciting! Here are the bare bones for now. You can only visit the West Cemetery... Learn more