Bishopsgate Institute has been collecting books, maps, photographs and other material about London since opening in 1895, and is now a must visit for anyone interested in the history of the metropolis. Join this tour to hear about celebrity detectives, gangsters, how to track a Victorian business and what happened to a rowdy group of builders drinking on top of a tall building in 1806.
Led by Stefan Dickers, the Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute who looks after its extensive collection of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs and oral histories on London history, as well as the labour movement, protest, atheism, the co-op and LGBT history. He is passionate about history, the Institute and its historic collections (along with West Ham United) and will talk about them all at length to anyone who will listen. He started as the archivist at Bishopsgate Institute in 2005 and has previously worked at the London School of Economics and Senate House Library. He is also Archives and Resources Secretary of the Society for the Study of Labour History.