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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
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater
Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

Hidden tunnel under Shakespeare’s Shoreditch theater

A three-month excavation in Shoreditch, of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre has revealed details of a stage that is much longer than originally thought with evidence of a passageway running beneath it.

Nov
10
2016
Metropolis Museum’s Mysterious Minuted Manuscript
Metropolis Museum’s Mysterious Minuted Manuscript

Metropolis Museum’s Mysterious Minuted Manuscript

The Museum of London has recently acquired a mysterious and highly unusual piece of manuscript evidence believed to be direct reportage from a House of Commons committee investigating the causes of the Great Fire.

Oct
19
2016
Lawrence of Arabia’s Dagger to remain in the UK
Lawrence of Arabia’s Dagger to remain in the UK

Lawrence of Arabia’s Dagger to remain in the UK

A dagger and the famous robes worn by T.E Lawrence while in the Middle-East have been saved for the nation.

Oct
18
2016
A day of humiliation and fasting
A day of humiliation and fasting

A day of humiliation and fasting

On this day, 350 years ago the entire country was engaged in a national day of fasting and prayer in repentance for the cause of the Great Fire of London.

Oct
10
2016
A new heritage railway for South-East London
A new heritage railway for South-East London

A new heritage railway for South-East London

There could be a new heritage railway built in South-East London, if plans by the Crossness steam pumping station are realised.

Oct
04
2016
The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers
The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers

The time when Routemaster buses came with luggage trailers

When airports were young, and terminal buildings younger, there was an experiment with airport terminals being built in the centre of London.

Oct
03
2016
Meet the team restoring a London Underground signal box
Meet the team restoring a London Underground signal box

Meet the team restoring a London Underground signal box

Twenty years ago, a signal cabin controlled its last trains on the London Underground, but now a team of enthusiasts are attempting to restore this lost piece of tube history to working order.

Oct
01
2016
Largest blue topaz gemstone going on display in London
Largest blue topaz gemstone going on display in London

Largest blue topaz gemstone going on display in London

The Natural History Museum is to display the largest blue topaz gemstone of its kind from later this month.

Oct
01
2016
New museum opening in central London
New museum opening in central London

New museum opening in central London

Hidden from common sight behind high stone walls on the edge of the City of London lies the Charterhouse, a private historical site that has rarely been open to the public.

Sep
26
2016