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Listings for Islington Museum and Local History Centre events are shown below (except where stated).

Our exhibitions and children’s events updated links are listed separately and the Islington events diary also provides details of all council events.  

Watch this space for forthcoming events and activities at Islington Museum and Local History Centre in 2014.

Islington: town and country - rich and poor

Mayor of Islington's Charity Walk 2014

Date and time: 11am, Saturday 26 April 2014
Meeting place: Outside Islington Town Hall
 Donations (£5 suggested, more welcome!)
Duration of walk: 1.5 to 2hrs

The Clerkenwell & Islington Guides' Association, the Mayor of Islington's official tour guides, are delighted to present their Mayor's Charity Walk 2014.  This guided walk, entitled 'Islington: town and country - rich and poor' will take place on Saturday 26 April starting at 11am outside Islington Town Hall.  The walk will last between 90 minutes and two hours and end at Freightliners Farm, where refreshments will be available.

The Mayor of Islington, Councillor Barry Edwards, supports Freightliners Farm, a city farm which gives children a look at a different world, as one of his two nominated charities; the other is Islington Giving, a campaign which supports projects that invest in young people, tackle poverty and confront isolation. 

The theme of our walking tour for the Mayor ties in with the spirit of his nominated charities and will cover Islington's development from rural 'idyll' to urban 'chic', a process which should not be over-simplified; on this walk these ideas will be put into perspective and contrasts explored, revealing the harsher aspects of the area's transformation as well as celebrating what it was and is now.

All proceeds of the walk will go to the above-mentioned charities. Donations (£5 suggested, more welcome!) will be collected on the day.  No booking required, just turn up - we look forward to welcoming you on the walk!

Pop-up workshops
The work of author and illustrator John O'Leary

Venue: Islington Museum
Date and time: Saturdays, 3 and 17 May. 10am-5pm
Admission and booking: Free. No booking required, just pop-up and drop-in! 

To accompany our exhibition, 'Pop-up books: the work of author and illustrator John O'Leary', come and see how the author develops his stories, characters and pop-up designs in two special workshops. 

John will be in attendance at both workshops.  

'Pop-up books: the work of author and illustrator John O'Leary' is an Islington Word Festival event.


‘A Night with Venus, A Lifetime of Mercury’
 The Great Pox (Syphilis) and its Treatment

Speaker: Kevin Brown
Venue: Islington Museum
Date and time: 6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 15 May 2014
Admission and booking: Free. No booking required. Please note that the contents of this talk may be unsuitable for younger people.

From almost the time when man first discovered the pleasures of sin, he has also experienced the torments of disease. The  unwholesome history of syphilis and its treatment, from the Renaissance to the antibiotic age will be explored.

Syphilis first made an impact in 1494 when the "Great Pox" as it was known reached epidemic proportions following the return of Columbus’s mercenaries from the newly discovered Americas. Mercury remained the most effective cure until the twentieth century; however, the treatment was so unpleasant that quack 'cures' abounded.

During the First and Second World Wars, venereal disease was almost a greater cause of illness among soldiers than wounds. Its prevalence made it a major public health issue, yet many of the approaches to it were penal and reformatory in nature rather than medical.

Kevin Brown draws on references from art and literature, stories of famous sufferers and medical documents to tell the fascinating history of syphilis, which were seen as much as a social and moral problem as a medical one.

Kevin Brown is a writer on the history of medicine and has been delivering talks and lectures to a wide and varied audience for many years. He is Trust Archivist and Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum Curator at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, having set up both the Archives Service and Museum at St Mary’s Hospital, London. He is a Past Chairman of the London Museums of Health and Medicine.

Museums at Night 2014 event


Insights of ourselves from our closest cousin

Venue: Islington Museum
Date and time: 6.30-7.30pm, Thursday 24 July 2014
Admission and booking: Free. No booking required 

A fascinating evening talk to accompany Islington Museum's summer exhibition, 'Beastly Islington: animals in the borough through time'. 'Chimpanzee!' is presented by Paolo Viscardi, natural History Curator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.