Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library is the library for London history, holding over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and covering all aspects of life in London from its trade to its key people and buildings.

Special collections include those devoted to Samuel Pepys, John Wilkes and Thomas More, plus the libraries of the Gardeners' and Fletchers' Companies, the Antiquarian Horological Society, Gresham College, and the Charles Lamb Society.

The Guidhall's dedicated librarians offer historical workshops for schools on a range of topics, including the Great Plague, the Fire of London and witch hunts in early modern London.

These workshops give students the opportunity to view original and secondary sources and contemporary accounts held in the library. Students will be invited to think about how interpretations of the past have been constructed, make connections, analyse trends and begin to formulate valid historical questions. Students also experience a storytelling session and creative writing workshop. The library engages with school pupils at key stages 1-4 and sixth form level and can tailor workshops to all levels of the curriculum in relation to the London History collections. Resources for teachers and lecturers can support lesson planning, with the support of a librarian to help you explore the collection.

Visit the Guildhall Library website for more information.