On this day... (31st May): London History Day (with Historic England)

Historic England, the public body which helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, is today celebrating London's resilience.

"On this day, we will come together, virtually, to celebrate London’s resilience and share stories that remind us of the incredible strength, courage and community spirit Londoners have shown, today and throughout history. It’s a day to reflect, create, connect with each other and have fun."

The date of 31st May marks the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859.


There are different ways you can get involved with London History Day. Explore our website, the stories, the artists, the history and the activities created and inspired by Waterloo, one of London's central neighbourhoods. Here's a quick guide:

  • Read about the Battle of Waterloo Road during the Blitz

  • Hear the story of Coin Street Community Builders in this podcast produced with Morley Radio

  • Tell us about your Waterloo! FluxSoup has the perfect activity

  • Read the story of Shanon Shah, a journalist and campaigner from Malaysia now residing in Waterloo

  • Listen to this Waterloo-based story in a podcast brought to you by StoryRadio, our resident story-tellers

  • Discover Usher the Clown and his goose-drawn chariot in this article from Matt Brown of The Londonist

  • Explore the lives and works of Waterloo artists including Susan Haire Chair of the London Group

  • Find out about Hans Feibusch, German Jewish refugee who painted murals in London’s churches

Additionally, Historic England suggests the following:

  • Tell us about the people and places that inspire you and remind you of London’s resilience on social media using the hashtag #LondonHistoryDay or tagging us @HistoricEngland on Twitter

  • Download the Mayor of London’s Schools at Home pack for great activities for kids. Dress up as your London hero!

  • See items from museums, galleries and archives telling amazing stories of London’s strength and resilience. Follow #LondonHistoryDay on Twitter!

  • Build your favourite London landmarks out of paper and cardboard and share on social

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


You can read more about this here.


London History Day is supported by the Mayor of London, City of London Corporation and Museum of London.

Drawing of the garden at St John's Waterloo by David Bassadone