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Latest news articles about London’s long history.

Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum
Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum

Going inside the Kilmorey Mausoleum

Hidden behind a high wall, and a small locked door can be found one of the UK's finest examples of an Egyptian-style mausoleum, and it is occasionally open to the public.

Mar
26
2017
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

There are a good many photos of the Festival of Britain, but curiously, few show one of its more exciting, if flawed ideas -- a radio telescope beaming messages to the moon from the centre of London.

Mar
18
2017
The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur
The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur

The Victorian supper inside a dinosaur

On 31st December 1853, a group of distinguished Victorian gentlemen celebrated the new year, by dining within the carcass of a dinosaur.

Mar
10
2017
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

A lost river, only recently rediscovered has revealed some fascinating insights into daily life in Tudor London, including the exotic Grains of Paradise.

Feb
22
2017
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

When walking along the Regent's Canal are you aware that you're walking just inches above a major electricity cable supplying London with power?

Feb
12
2017
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display
From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

From woolly mammoths to plague to marmalade – Crossrail’s legacy goes on display

A collection of some of the finest finds from the Crossrail archeology project have gone on display in a new exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Feb
08
2017
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

At around 9,500 years old, a plaster covered human skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum, and it's currently on display.

Feb
07
2017
When London’s tube tunnels were painted white
When London’s tube tunnels were painted white

When London’s tube tunnels were painted white

We're used to staring out of bright tube trains into dark tunnels, but once, the tunnels were whitewashed in brilliant white paint.

Feb
06
2017
Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be
Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be

Why West London is 3 metres higher than it should be

It may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but much of West London is higher than it should be -- by around 3 metres.

Jan
30
2017
London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy
London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy

London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy

One of London's oldest buildings has gained its youngest museum, based in a building that owes its existence to the Black Death.

Jan
27
2017
Pour your memories into a Tower Bridge Time Capsule
Pour your memories into a Tower Bridge Time Capsule

Pour your memories into a Tower Bridge Time Capsule

There is a chance to have a personal item locked into a time capsule and buried under the pavement on Tower Bridge

Jan
27
2017
Museum of London secures funding for new site
Museum of London secures funding for new site

Museum of London secures funding for new site

The Museum of London says that it has secured £180 million, of the estimated £250 million needed to develop its new site next to Smithfield meat market.

Jan
24
2017
A new museum for London opens this month
A new museum for London opens this month

A new museum for London opens this month

Under planning for some years, a new museum is opening near to the Barbican later this month.

Jan
14
2017
Crossrail in a pickle with London Astoria discovery
Crossrail in a pickle with London Astoria discovery

Crossrail in a pickle with London Astoria discovery

A hidden vault under the old Astoria nightclub has been unearthed by Crossrail builders and it has revealed an unexpected history of one of Britain's first condiment suppliers.

Jan
09
2017
The myth of Medieval Small Beer
The myth of Medieval Small Beer

The myth of Medieval Small Beer

There is a story repeated so often that it has become a truth -- that medieval folk drank weak beer to avoid the perils of drinking water -- but it's a myth.

Jan
02
2017
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.

Dec
24
2016
A history of ice skating in London
A history of ice skating in London

A history of ice skating in London

As we approach the 150th anniversary of one of London's worst ice-skating disasters, the Museum of London has looked back at the history of the recreational sport.

Dec
16
2016
New books about Crossrail archeology released
New books about Crossrail archeology released

New books about Crossrail archeology released

Five new books about the archeology uncovered during the Crossrail project have been published, to add to two previous books that were released earlier this year.

Dec
10
2016
A memorial to over 500 unmarked children’s graves in Tower Hamlets
A memorial to over 500 unmarked children’s graves in Tower Hamlets

A memorial to over 500 unmarked children’s graves in Tower Hamlets

Over a 50 year period, at least 500 children were buried in unmarked graves in Tower Hamlets cemetery. Now a new monument to them has been unveiled in the cemetery park.

Dec
10
2016
WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz
WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz

WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz

How did London's commuters get to work during the blitz? A propaganda film from 1941 says, blitz? What blitz? Everything's normal down here.

Dec
10
2016
Just days to save the UK’s last WW1 submarine hunter from being scrapped
Just days to save the UK’s last WW1 submarine hunter from being scrapped

Just days to save the UK’s last WW1 submarine hunter from being scrapped

We have but a few days to prevent the last remaining submarine hunter of WW1 from being scrapped. HMS President has been moored by Blackfriars Bridge since 1922, as a training base and visitor centre.

Dec
04
2016
Exhibition looks at how WW1 supported independence activists
Exhibition looks at how WW1 supported independence activists

Exhibition looks at how WW1 supported independence activists

A modest, but historically fascinating view of an often unseen aspect of WW1 has gone on display in the sumptuous Maughan Library.

Dec
03
2016
Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall
Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall

Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall

In 1984, the Museum of London installed twenty-one ceramic plaques around the City of London marking the line of the Roman wall, but in 2016, how many of them remain?

Nov
20
2016
Commemoration of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station
Commemoration of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station

Commemoration of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station

Yesterday evening, Victoria railway station saw a commemoration to the Unknown Warrior, whose body rested overnight in the station in 1920 prior to burial in Westminster Abbey.

Nov
11
2016