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History - Archive Articles

Latest news articles about London’s long history.

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
Fundraising for Frank Pick Memorial
Fundraising for Frank Pick Memorial

Fundraising for Frank Pick Memorial

Picadilly Circus tube station is shortly to get a memorial to the man who probably more than most can be said to have defined London as a city today.

Sep
13
2016
Largest ever Crossrail archeology exhibition to open
Largest ever Crossrail archeology exhibition to open

Largest ever Crossrail archeology exhibition to open

The largest display of archeology from the Crossrail project is set to go on display in Docklands it has been announced today.

Sep
13
2016
90th anniversary of the Northern Line extension
90th anniversary of the Northern Line extension

90th anniversary of the Northern Line extension

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the longest tunnel under London opening to the public -- following the completion of tube tunnels running down to Morden.

Sep
13
2016
From deep under the ocean come stone benches for London
From deep under the ocean come stone benches for London

From deep under the ocean come stone benches for London

A set of ancient stone benches in the City of London is close to marking its 4th anniversary as both ornament and utility of the city streets, and roughly 140 million years since the stone was formed.

Sep
08
2016
Great Plague of London found in Crossrail skeletons
Great Plague of London found in Crossrail skeletons

Great Plague of London found in Crossrail skeletons

Scientific analysis of skeletons excavated as part of the Crossrail programme has identified the DNA of the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague.

Sep
08
2016
17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London
17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London

17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London

Foot of a cat, fat from a pig, an old onion, some fresh eggs, hen's droppings and horse dung - not a Scottish play potion, but the poultices offered to treat the burns of the Great Fire of London.

Aug
30
2016
A new museum for London – the Heath Robinson Museum opens soon
A new museum for London – the Heath Robinson Museum opens soon

A new museum for London – the Heath Robinson Museum opens soon

London is to get a new museum in October, as the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, North-West London has confirmed its opening date.

Aug
20
2016
From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation
From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation

From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation

A surprisingly rich and cosmopolitan past has been revealed in East London's Stepney as part of the archeology associated with the Crossrail project.

Aug
13
2016
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall
Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

If you wander around the streets of Whitehall at the moment, you might bump into a few rather odd looking objects.

Aug
07
2016
City of London relaunching archive of old photos
City of London relaunching archive of old photos

City of London relaunching archive of old photos

A collection of over one quarter of a million images of London, dating from 1450 to the present day, will feature on a revamped free-to-access website hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives.

Jul
06
2016
One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition
One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition

One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition

There can't be many trade unions that have a Royal Seal of Approval, but one was founded a hundred years ago, and while it plays down the term, many of its early founders thought of the Royal College of Nursing as just that -- a trades union.

Jun
26
2016
A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail
A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail

A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail

Just over 50 years ago a small branch running off the railway near Harrow closed, and is now much of the line has been converted into a pleasant if seemingly little used walk.

Jun
26
2016
Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet
Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet

Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet

The remains of a 165-year-old toilet from the Great Exhibition which helped coin the phrase 'spend a penny' have been uncovered in London's Hyde Park.

Jun
07
2016
The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct
The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct

The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct

If you've ever noticed an odd disused railway bridge just to the west of Hammersmith station, it's a curious legacy of a railway line that closed down exactly 100 years ago,

Jun
05
2016
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

A number of Roman tablets found while excavating a new tube station entrance have been shown to contain the oldest known reference to the city of London, as well as a wealth of information about the Roman occupation of the city.

Jun
01
2016