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Members of The London Library have access to a unique humanities library for use in their own homes or workplaces, in addition to congenial spaces in which to read and work.

 

MEMBER EVENTS

The London Library holds a regular series of talks and other events for our members. Join us for a glass of wine and some lively discussion!

Coming up this Autumn...


18th Century Woman Artists

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Tuesday 26 September 2017; 6.00pm-8.00pm
Members' Room

Caroline Chapman’s illustrated talk, based on her new book, Eighteenth-Century Women Artists: Their Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs, will describe the many obstacles faced by women whose ambition was to become a professional artist. Although the 18th century was an age when the middle classes had the money and leisure to enjoy the arts, it was very much a man’s world; for a woman to earn money from her art exposed her to gossip and hostility.  

Nevertheless, some women who had talent, ambition and a capacity for hard work – as well as charm and good looks – achieved success.  Chapman’s talk will examine the careers of over twenty artists, and describe the struggle to obtain training, the life of a busy studio, how women sold their work, the problems encountered by a fashionable portraitist, and the vital role played by patrons, especially royal ones. She will end her talk with a brief look at the changes brought about for women artists in the 19th century.

Places are at this event are free of charge but strictly limited to 25 spaces. Reserve your place herePlease note this event is for London Library members only.


Being a Writer with Travis Elborough and Helen Gordon

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Members' Room

The anthology Being a Writer is an inspiring assemblage of wit, wisdom and hard-won practical advice from some of the world's greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers.  Join its editors, the authors Helen Gordon and Travis Elborough, as they present an entertaining survey of the pleasures and pitfalls of the writing life from the time of Samuel Johnson and Grub Street to the age of silicon roundabout and Lorrie Moore. Being A Writer by Helen Gordon and Travis Elborough is published by Frances Lincoln on the 7th September 2017. Available to pre-order and buy from all good book retailers. 

Places at this event are free of charge but strictly limited to 25 spaces. Reserve your place herePlease note this event is for London Library members only.


Dr Rivers and Robert Graves

Jean MW FinalTuesday 7 November 2017 6.00pm-8.00pm
Members' Room

Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson explores the influence of Dr W. H. R. Rivers on war poet Robert Graves. Rivers helped set up what were popularly known as the 'shell-shock' hospitals in Maghull and Craiglockhart. His close friendship with Siegfried Sassoon, one of the patients there would make him known to the wider world in general. But his less well-known relationship with another Great War Poet, Robert Graves, is equally revealing, demonstrating how crucial Rivers's influence was in Graves's recovery from the devastating effects of that war and the development of his poetry after it.

Places are at this event are free of charge but strictly limited to 25 spaces. Reserve your place herePlease note this event is for London Library members only. 


House Historian

Final jacket cover House Histories copyTuesday 28 November 2017 6pm-8pm
Members’ Room

Melanie Backe-Hansen, author of House Histories and Historic Streets and Squares, will reveal fascinating stories of people and events that she has uncovered in her work researching the history of houses across the country. Melanie will present details of a Cotswold house connected to Queen Elizabeth I, a Nottinghamshire house where Byron engaged in amateur dramatics, and a London mansion block used by the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. During her talk Melanie will reveal tips and tricks to researching the history of houses, involving a variety of sources, many of which are found on the shelves at The London Library.

Places are at this event are free of charge but strictly limited to 25 spaces. Reserve your place herePlease note this event is for London Library members only. 


The London Library Philosophy Group

Every second Wednesday of the month
Members’ Room

The group is open to all members, from complete beginners to those who are well read in the subject. All that is asked is that members are willing to join in the discussion and should have read the text that is being discussed which will be circulated in advance of each meeting.

London Library members wishing to attend meetings should register their interest with the group co-ordinator, Library member John Robinson, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a name and contact phone number.

Members will receive further details about the group, and a reading and resources list which relates to the topic being discussed at the end of each meeting.

Free to members. Numbers are limited to 15 members each meeting.


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