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Tuesday 3rd May – 17th meeting of 2016

Today we had a plan to go to the Guildhall Art Gallery to view an exhibition of photos taken by the photographer Martin Parr. So we met at Cannon Street and because we came in two groups when we finally met up the first group that arrived was feeling very cold waiting so we went straight into the Wetherspoons pub, The Sir John Hawkshaw on the station, for a warming drink and toast. We all find Cannon Street a really cold station. The wind seems to blow straight through and from the moment you get off of the train you can feel the cold. But I must add it was a cold morning so even colder on the station!!

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After getting warmed up we walked down Poultry and onto Guildhall Yard. I think this is such an impressive square. Spacious, light and airy with such lovely buildings on all square sides. Entry into the Art Gallery is free but a charge of £4 concessions is made for this exhibition. Security is present with a bag x-ray but then you are free to enjoy this wonderful building.

The Unseen photos were downstairs and spread in four rooms. Very large colourful photos were displayed and were very interesting. Martin Parr had been given special permission to take photos in unusual places and ceremonies to capture the traditions and people who make up this colourful Square Mile of the City of London. I found the photos fascinating and amazed that so much red is present in ceremonies and uniforms.

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After viewing the exhibition we went to see the Roman Amphitheatre. This is an area which was discovered in 1985 during the redevelopment of the Guildhall. It shows part of the original stonework walls of an amphitheatre which was built during the Roman rule of AD43 and extended into the early second century.

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A visit to the Art Gallery is well worth it.  As well as the marvellous paintings on show the building itself is nice to see. There was an exhibition of collages made by school children giving their interruption of London. Some excellent work on show and lovely to see how young people see London.

From here we made our way back to Cannon Street after a very good interesting morning.

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