New 'London Talks' series at London Metropolitan Archives put spotlight on music, theatre, and sport in the capital

The City Corporation-owned London Metropolitan Archives will use a mini-series of talks to showcase how the capital has shaped its creative industries, starting with a discussion next month about the recent history of its vibrant music scene.

Aimed at appealing to a wide audience of arts and culture lovers, James Ainscough, CEO of the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, and Lucy Wood, Head of Music at the Roundhouse Trust in Camden, are the speakers for the informal conversation on 12 September at the Clerkenwell-based archives.

The three-part series will continue with a second talk looking at London’s theatreland (10 October) and the third talk will focus on the development of sport (28 November), both of them, examining how the city has changed over the years and showcasing historic documents to the public.

There are a limited number of £10 tickets and are on sale now via Eventbrite – London Talks: Music Tickets, Tue 12 Sep 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite - with an allocation of complimentary tickets, which will be allotted to local communities by Tickets for Good - with an allocation of complimentary tickets, which will be allotted to local communities by Tickets for Good.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage, and Libraries Committee, Munsur Ali, said:

“Taking a relaxed approach and expected to offer some fascinating insights from those “in the know”, these ‘London Talks’ will prove very popular with anyone who enjoys making the most of the capital’s arts and culture scene.

“Those who use London Metropolitan Archives on a regular basis will be aware that it is a veritable treasure trove, and anyone who has yet to discover this wonderful resource will find this an ideal introduction.”

Director of Ticketing Operations at Tickets for Good, Pippa Le Grand, said:

"London has played a hugely significant role in impacting the global music industry, and the cultural melting pot that London offers has shaped so many global genres, from rock and pop to punk and grime.

“Tickets for Good is very pleased to be partnering with London Metropolitan Archives to raise awareness of this impressive resource and open up some of its historic collections to those attending these talks.”

The City of London Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £130m every year.

The organisation manages a range of world-class cultural and heritage institutions, including the Barbican Centre, Tower Bridge, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Art Gallery, London Metropolitan Archives, and Keats House. It also supports the London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London.


Notes to editors:

For further information about ‘London Talks’, please contact Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Arts, Culture, and Heritage), City of London Corporation / 07795 333060 /

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages London Metropolitan Archives, is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK –

About London Metropolitan Archives:

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), which is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, is the archive repository for the Greater London area. The documents and books that LMA cares for, and provides access to, date from 1067 to the present day and collections are constantly expanding. The archives are free to use, as are the majority of resources in the public research rooms.

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

London Metropolitan Archives is open to visitors at the following times:

Monday - 10am to 4pm

Tuesday - 10am to 4pm

Wednesday - 10am to 7pm

Thursday - 10am to 4pm

Saturdays - 11 February, 11 March - 10am to 4pm - please note that documents must be ordered in advance

(Closed on Bank Holidays - check the website for full details)


About Tickets for Good:

Tickets for Good is a purpose-driven audience development company which distributes free and discounted event tickets to the NHS, medical staff, charity workers, volunteers and people affected by the cost-of-living crisis. Since 2021, we have distributed over £5 million in face-value tickets to our user base of over 200k including tickets for festivals, live music, comedy, sport, and theatre.