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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
The year without a summer
When looking outside today it might be easy to joke that we are living in a year without a summer, but 200 years ago there quite literally was a year without a summer.
The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park
If you were talking a wander through a nature reserve in North London one day, you might notice a rather shabby looking concrete hut peeking out of the bushes.
Historic London Bus Heads to France for Somme Anniversary
A one-hundred year old London bus will be heading to France later this month, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Visiting Michael Faraday’s old laboratory
There is a street with lots of posh buildings, and doormen forbidding entry to the great masses, and an equally grand building with mighty pillars along an imposing facade, which conceals a museum.
Dare you go into gloomy Sailortown?
Narrow dark streets, dim corners, strange men from the far ends of the world, shops selling exotica, bedrooms offering erotica. Welcome to Sailortown,
Happy New Year!
Yes, today is, or at least should be New Years Day. The start of the year, a holiday, a hangover, and a lot of closed shops -- for a period lasting around 600 years, today was New Years Day.
30th anniversary of London’s pirate TV channel – NeTWork21
Thirty years ago, London gained a new television channel -- for just 30 minutes every Friday and on air for less than a year -- this was NeTWork21.
Derelict Victorian tunnel to reopen to the public
A sealed-off Victorian tunnel under a road in Crystal Palace is set to reopen to the public after the trust fund looking after it reached its fundraising target.
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford
Just in time for Easter, volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive have unearthed a rare example of Christian symbolism from Roman Britain.
Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse
Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London's largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it's behind locked doors.
London Stone to move to the Museum of London
The venerable London Stone, of historic and mysterious antiquity, totemic protector of the City, and current resident of a branch of WH Smiths is to be moved to the Museum of London.
New gallery opening at the Docklands Museum
A rare survivor of London's historic docks will be celebrated by a new gallery opening at the Museum of London Docklands in a couple of weeks time -- the first part of a redevelopment of the Museum's galleries.
A host of Shakespearean talks and walks announced
As archaeologists from the MOLA prepare to begin the excavation of the Curtain Theatre, a series of events, lectures and walking tours for members of the public has been announced.
See a slice of Imperial History in the strong box of Empire
One of the great buildings of the Victorian Empire can be found just off Holborn, hidden behind an imposing gatehouse and hardly seen by the public.
Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the Tunnel Boring Machine?
The quick answer is no -- not as we know them today -- but the longer answer is sort of, maybe.
Admire the old map next to Liverpool St Station
Wandering around Liverpool Street Station, and a small dark alley contains an unexpected gem -- an old map of London.
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market
A huge and ornate fresco that probably adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by archaeologists next to Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
The Great Flood of London in 1524
On this day, 492 years ago, the center of London was abandoned as some 20,000 people fled the arrival of a massive tidal wave that was to devastate the centre of the city.