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This is a Public Service Announcement on behalf of City of London Guides. 

Have you considered joining the Exploring the City programme run by the City of London which provides lots of opportunities to learn about the City and its history?

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The course consists of a programme of two-hour walks on Saturday mornings led by four experienced City Guides and you’ll be able to observe their guiding techniques at first hand. The first and final classes of each term are held in one of the Committee rooms at the Guildhall and at the end of the term students are asked to deliver a short presentation to the class on a topic which interested them during a particular walk. You’ll also be asked to research and answer a question on one of the walks. This is excellent practice should you decide to apply for the City Guides course in the future.

You can join the course at the start of any of the three terms in 2018/19 and the theme and topics are different in each term.

The Autumn term focuses on the uniqueness of the City, its institutions and government and its role as an important financial centre, its architecture and the effect of specific events, such as the Great Fire, on its development.

The Spring course traces the history of the City from its foundation by the Romans through to the present day, looking at the development of the area from an industrial, residential and business perspective.

The Summer course shows how the City expanded beyond the Roman walls into surrounding villages such as Clerkenwell, Southwark and Spitalfields.

We’ve had very good feedback from previous students that they’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning from the Guides and marvel at their extensive knowledge. Many students have gone on to complete the City Guides course successfully.

We hope that you’ll consider joining us for what promises to be another successful programme of London walks.

Course details for the coming year are:
Autumn term: 22 September – 1 December 2018
Spring Term: 12 January – 23 March 2019
Summer Term: 27 April – 6 July 2019

Times: 10.00am – 12noon on Saturdays

Please see the City of London website for course fees and enrolment details or call 020 7608 2753.

Alison Woollard – Course co-ordinator and lead tutor

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I thought I’d just share some pictures with you from our final event of the year, Art and the City, which happened yesterday. The format was a guided walk around City of London with the excellent Colin Davey, a City of London Guide; a very welcome hot lunch at the Barbican; a tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery and its wonderful Roman Amphitheatre, again led by Colin; the usual London Historians pub sesh afterwards. It was a lovely sunny day mostly, but very nippy indeed. My thanks to the hardy ten London Historians who braved the elements and, I believe, had a wonderful day out. I know I did. We will be introducing a lot more of this sort of thing in 2012. Unusual formats. Our member guides (of whom there are now at least a dozen) are very enthusiastic about helping to put together this programme.

These pictures barely scratch the surface of our day, but you get the idea. Thank, Colin.

st vedast alias foster

Our first pleasant surprise was that the strangely-named Wren church St Vedast-alias-Foster was open. I hadn't been inside before.

one new change, st paul's

Vista from the roof of One New Change shopping mall, aka the Stealth Bomber.

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Colin packs our heads with new knowledge.

The cordwainer

The Cordwainer

richard rogers

A Richard Rogers building. It's important to appreciate the modern too.

st giles without cripplegate

St Giles-without-Cripplegate. I had forgotten that this church is right at the centre of the modern Barbican.

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Guildhall Art Gallery

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The Roman Amphitheatre underneath Guildhall Yard.

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Bottoms Up! Happy historians.

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