History in the Pub is a new event that we are hosting on Wednesday 21st September after work at The Bell in Spitalfields. The idea is that it is a bit like comedy club insofar as instead of comedians, we have historians. Stand-up history, if you like. This is actually the brainchild of London Historians member Matt Brown who is the Editor of Londonist.com. I get such a buzz from this sort of collaboration, which I think we came up with in the pub some months ago (monthly pub meet tonight, if you’re reading this in time).
Our line-up is a cornucopia of historical expertise and talent. Matt, whose London knowledge is from my point of view staggering, has volunteered to MC the evening. Our other speakers are Professor Jerry White from Birkbeck College, Georgian London expert Lucy Inglis and specialist in the old East End Ruairidh Anderson, who’ll also give us a few songs! Audience participation is encouraged, that is to say Q&A, and if you fancy sharing a London history story of your own, you’ll be welcome to have the room for a few minutes.
In addition there will be fun stuff like the Speed Quiz and a Prize Draw. And drinking, of course.
Entry is free for London Historians members (bring your card!), otherwise £3.00. Our only concern is numbers. The room can take up to about 60; we’re confident, yet have no idea how this will go, so it would be most helpful if you email us if you think you’ll be coming (no obligation). Thanks.
More information is on our web site, here, though it will disappear on 22 September. Do come!