Things to do in London in June 2020

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The ianVisits guide to June's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Tuesday 2nd June

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang at the Tower of London and Green Park to mark HM The Queen’s Coronation.
 12pm to 1:30pm
Royal Gun Salutes in Green Park and at the Tower of London
Martin Bell reflects with distinguished journalist, correspondent and good friend Kate Adie on his sixty years as a soldier, reporter and UNICEF ambassador.
 7pm to 9pm
War and Peacekeeping: An Evening with Martin Bell and Kate Adie

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Wednesday 3rd June

A live Q&A with Prof Edith Hall and Dr Henry Stead about the publication of their new book 'A People's History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939
 5pm to 7pm
EME in Conversation: A People's History of Classics
This talk will explore the “growth mindset”, the evidence-based view that talents are developed rather than genetic.
 6pm to 7pm

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Thursday 4th June

In this talk, ecologist and medical herbalist Michael Holland explores the history of medicinal plants shedding light on what plants you can use at home to create your own, safe remedies.
 7pm to :
Medicinal Plants

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Saturday 6th June

Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm

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Sunday 7th June

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
Gatton Park's monthly open day

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Tuesday 9th June

This lecture explores the contrast between the public image and the private life, considering what his writings reveal to us about his deepest preoccupations, both as man and as artist, during this period.
 6pm to 7pm
A talk about Henbury Hall, Cheshire, one of the finest classical houses of the late 20th century.
 6:30pm to :
 Tottenham Court Road
Lecture: In Conversation: Henbury Hall

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Wednesday 10th June

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang at the Tower of London and Hyde Park to mark HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Birthday.
 12pm to 1:30pm
Royal Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London
Mostly ignored by English historians, these houses are the key to understanding the style that we now know as William and Mary, and its impact on England.
 6pm to 7pm

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Thursday 11th June

Dr Jos Boys discusses whose bodies matter in current architectural discourses and practices, and how starting from dis/ability challenges design norms.
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Doing dis/ability differently in architectural and built environment practices
The talk will show what it was like to live by, work on the canal and work in the industries that lined the waterway running through Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
 6:30pm to 8pm
'People’s History of the East End Canal’ talk by Carolyn Clark
In this lecture Dr Paddy Bullard, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, asks what we can learn from the triumphs and failures of an older generation of satirists for our own fractious age.
 7pm to :
In this juicy talk, Annie Gray covers Churchill's favourite cook, Georgina Landemare, her times, and the food she cooked.
 7:30pm to 9pm
Serving Winston: Georgina Landemare, Churchill's longest-serving cook

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Friday 12th June

In this talk, Jonathan Fennell discusses the downward fortunes of the British Army during the first three years of the Second World War, placing this in the context of Britain’s military withdrawal from Europe in May 1940.
 2pm to 3pm
1940: contextualising Britain's military disasters

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Saturday 13th June

Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 East Dulwich
Open day at the House of Dreams
Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang at the Tower of London and Green Park to mark HM The Queen’s Official Birthday.
 12:50pm to 1:30pm
Royal Gun Salutes in Green Park and at the Tower of London
In this talk, Geoffrey Tyack will showcase a selection of Pennethorne’s designs to illustrate architecture in the Victorian era.
 3pm to 4pm
Architecture and power: Pennethorne's London

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Sunday 14th June

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
 2pm to 5pm
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Did Florence Nightingale really hate her family’s idyllic Hampshire home so much as her damning verdict asserts?
 2pm to 3pm
‘A Life of Silent Misery?’ Florence Nightingale at Embley Park

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Tuesday 16th June

Join us for an exciting one-day conference to hear experts from across UCL explore the impact of climate issues on humanitarian crises and present findings from new research.
 9am to 6pm
UCL Humanitarian Summit: Climate Change and Launch of the COP
In this lecture, Sir Richard Evans, Provost of Gresham College, discusses the different varieties of populism, asks why it has become such a prominent feature of contemporary political life, and considers how far it is a threat to liberal democracy.
 6pm to 7pm
Robert Campbell listed the fringe, frog and tassel-maker in The London Tradesman (1747) as one of the dependants of the gold and silver laceman, which could be a lucrative trade ‘if not initiated into the Mystery of Gin-Drinking’.
 6:30pm to :
 Tottenham Court Road
Lecture: The Fringe, Frog and Tassel-Maker in Georgian London
A revealing history of Islamic architecture’s influence on Europe’s cathedrals, palaces and public buildings.
 7pm to 8:30pm
Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

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Thursday 18th June

This talk will be hosted in the Hampstead residence of Brutalist architect, Erno Goldfiner, where hear historian Tim Benton will reveal how nature played an important role in the creative direction of Le Corbusier's work.
 7pm to :
Le Corbusier and Nature
In this illustrated talk, Mark Dunton takes you through the year 1970, fifty years on, a year which saw the election of Edward Heath’s Conservative Government, a bizarre episode involving Bobby Moore, and an upsurge in terrorism.
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
1970: 'We've only just begun'

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Friday 19th June

This talk will be delivered by Guy Grannum (Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors), who has been writing and speaking about Caribbean heritage and family history for over 25 years.
 2pm to 3pm
Caribbean connections

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Saturday 20th June

The Museum of the Order of St John will open the doors to its historic rooms, Church and crypt without the need to join a guided tour.
 10am to 5pm
 Celebrating St John’s Day
Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Sunday 21st June

Mosques up and down the country open their doors to the general public, all on the same day.
 All Day

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Tuesday 23rd June

In this talk, you will gain a detailed portrayal of the daily life of the countess and intimate insights into her personality, tastes and network drawn from original records held at The National Archives
 6pm to 7:30pm
Pipe Roll Society: Eleanor de Montfort, a rebel countess in Medieval England
The launch of Professor Richard Macrory's new book Irresolute Clay: Shaping the Foundations of Modern Law.
 6pm to 8pm
Book Launch: Shaping Environmental Modern Law

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Thursday 25th June

A dramatic tale of romance and heartbreak, historian Kate Williams will discuss the tumultuous life of Emma Hamilton.
 7:30pm to 9pm
England's mistress: Emma Hamilton

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Saturday 27th June

Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
 1pm to 4pm
 Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve

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Sunday 28th June

There will be heritage bus trips, a collectors’ market, music and children’s attractions.
 10am to 5pm
London Bus Museum Summer Gathering
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
Open day at the restored Victorian steam powered pumping station, with the machine running regularly throughout the day.
 11am to 5pm
 South Tottenham
Victorian steam engine - steaming day
Learn how to make a range of home-made natural and skin nourishing hand-cremes, lip balms, soaps and furniture polish using plant and vegetable oils with beeswax.
 1pm to 4pm
Beeswax workshop - Cosmetics, Food Wraps & Candles
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm

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