Celebrate London's Resilience on London History Day

31 May

Join us in celebrating stories of resilience this Sunday 31 May, on London History Day.

London History Day is a chance to come together, virtually, to celebrate London’s resilience and share stories that speak of the incredible strength, courage and community spirit of Londoners, today and throughout history. It is a day to reflect, create, connect with each other and have fun.


Ways you can get involved:

- Tell us about the people and places that inspire you and remind you of London’s resilience using the hashtag #LondonHistoryDay

- Download the Mayor of London’s London Heroes Family Guide for great activities for kids. Dress up as your London hero!

- Look out on social media as museums and other organisations across London share their #LondonHistoryDay stories for you to enjoy from home

- Build your favourite London landmarks out of paper and cardboard

- Explore the history of London with online maps and add your own

Explore more at HistoricEngland.org.uk/LondonHistoryDay

Making the Barbican out of cardboard
Photo by Mike Clewley

What is London History Day?

London History Day is an annual celebration of what makes London a unique city. Launched by Historic England in 2017, London History Day is celebrated on 31 May every year. The date marks the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859. London History Day 2020 is supported by Mayor of London, City of London Corporation and Museum of London.

"We are pleased to partner with Historic England to celebrate this year’s London History Day on 31 May. There is much that we can learn from the people of London and their stories – past and present. Our capital has endured for over 2,000 years and, whenever its resilience is tested, we come together. Now, more than ever, it is important that we can draw strength and inspiration from the lessons of the past and look, full of hope, to the future.” - William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London
Pupils of Willow Brook Primary School, Leyton, dressed as their favourite Londoners for London History Day 2019
Photo by Eleanor Bentall