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Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum
Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum

Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum

To mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, the Science Museum has opened a small gallery devoted the "mother of computing", Ada Lovelace.

Oct
18
2015
75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster
75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster

It's the evening of 14th October 1940, and one of the worst wartime disasters of the London Underground is about to take place.

Oct
14
2015
The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public
The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public

The Met Police opens its “Black Museum” to the public

The contents of one of London's most secretive private museums has gone on display for the very first time.

Oct
07
2015
Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway
Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway

Plans to reopen derelict Crystal Palace subway

An underground Victorian subway built for the Crystal Palace and long since abandoned is attempting to open up to the public once more.

Sep
18
2015
First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel
First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel

First ever public tours of Henry V’s Chapel

Within Westminster Abbey sits a monument to a mighty King, and to mark the 600th anniversary of his greatest victory, it is to be opened to the public.

Sep
15
2015
The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames
The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames

Nearly 150 years ago, a miniature "Crystal Place" was moored on the Thames near Parliament, as a floating swimming bath.

Aug
23
2015
Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London
Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London

Brian Haw’s protest camp inside the Museum of London

One of the enduring images of the Blair government was a lone man protesting outside Parliament in a tent -- and now some of that protest has come to the Museum of London.

Aug
18
2015
Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot
Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot

Book tours of the Heathrow Express Depot

Next month is a chance to have a look around both the Transport Museum's overflow warehouse, and the Heathrow Express train depot on the same day.

Aug
15
2015
Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims
Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims

Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims

A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail's Liverpool Street building site.

Aug
12
2015
Gladiatorial fights return to London
Gladiatorial fights return to London

Gladiatorial fights return to London

Over the next few days, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

Aug
08
2015
Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway
Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway

London has in recent years gained a loop railway that runs around the suburbs, but 100 years ago, a proposal was made for a much larger loop which would have dramatically changed how we see the city today.

Aug
02
2015
Women Working on the Railways During WW1
Women Working on the Railways During WW1

Women Working on the Railways During WW1

The role played by women working on the railways during World War I will be told in an exhibition at railway stations this summer.

Jul
22
2015
The year a quarter of London’s population died
The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year a quarter of London’s population died

The year of our Lord, 1665, and God's wrath smote the City of London laying waste to a quarter of its population for their sinful deeds.

Jul
18
2015
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

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.

Jul
17
2015
Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes
Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

Photographing Soldiers and Suffragettes

A hundred years ago, a short stocky woman roamed the streets of London, carrying a huge wooden box and tripod, aiming to capture the world around her.

Jul
11
2015
The hovercraft on the Thames
The hovercraft on the Thames

The hovercraft on the Thames

In 1963, a short-lived experiment took place, running a regular hovercraft service along the Thames linking Tower Bridge to Westminster.

Jul
06
2015
A mono railway proposed back in 1880
A mono railway proposed back in 1880

A mono railway proposed back in 1880

In September 1880, news of an invention reached the press, of a mono-railway that could be built quickly and cheaply.

Jul
01
2015
London’s civilian VC to be commemorated
London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

London’s civilian VC to be commemorated

On 4th July 2015, ship's Master Frederick Parslow, VC, Mercantile Marine, will be honoured with the unveiling of a commemorative paving stone on Islington Green, near to where he was born in 1856.

Jun
26
2015
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames -- this was the proposed central London Helidrome.

Jun
20
2015
Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public
Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public

Another step closer to turning the unused Mail Rail into a tourist attraction as the museum secures additional funding.

Jun
05
2015
The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old
The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old

The first tube station to be staffed entirely by women marks its 100th birthday tomorrow (Sat), and there will be events to mark the anniversary.

Jun
05
2015
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

Jun
03
2015
The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral
The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

The year an observatory sat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral

In 1821, had a person looked up at the summit of St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderous sight would have greeted their eyes.

May
31
2015
100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London
100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

100th anniversary of the first air-raid on London

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first air-raid over London, by a Zeppelin airship, and probably the first foreign enemy incursion into London for nearly 1,000 years.

May
31
2015