London History Day

London History Day is celebrated on 31st May every year. The date marks the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859.

We were going to celebrate this day on 22nd May in school but as we can’t do that, here are some activities that you could do at home to mark the day. 

We are living through an important moment in London’s history right now with the Covid-19 pandemic. Your teachers might post some activities to help you explore how you could mark this, or there are two activities here you could take on.

Celebrate Londoners who have changed history

Londoners have changed the world for the better! Read about some of their amazing achievements here.

Your task: Choose an Iconic Londoner, then research their achievements, plan and make a costume from things you have at home and dress up as them OR think about what are YOU going to do to change the world – how could you share this with everyone?

Plan future adventures around London

There are lots of quirky stories about London’s past and famous landmarks. You can read some interesting stories about London here.

Your task: How many of these places have you visited? Why not plan a visit to the ones you haven’t visited for when lockdown is over? You could use Google Maps to plan a route and see how many you could visit in one day.

Help save a local landmark!

Big Ben is one of the most famous landmarks in London, but did you know that Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside? And did you know that Big Ben was made in Whitechapel?

Big Ben is currently being repaired but you can hear it chime for the last time here. Find out how bells like Big Ben are made.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been operating on the same premises since 1739 and is one of only two bell foundries in the whole of the UK! However, a hotel company wants to close down the bell foundry and create a luxury hotel there.

The foundry is a vital piece of London history, and many people want to stop the foundry from closing, you can found out more in this video.

Your task: Make a poster explaining why we should save Whitechapel bell foundry.

You can also sign a petition to stop it closing here.

And here are some other activities to do at home from the Museum of London: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/families/fun-home

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