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Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank tube station
Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank tube station

Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank tube station

A huge construction site near Bank Tube station is preparing the way for a new tube station entrance to be built -- oh, and a very large office block, oh, and it sits in a major archaeological location.

Apr
09
2013
Pompeii comes to the British Museum
Pompeii comes to the British Museum

Pompeii comes to the British Museum

A smidgen under 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Italy and within a day had immortalized the local residents in history. Two towns, of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under the volcanic fury and lay there virtually untouched until the 1750s.

Mar
26
2013
Remember when shops used to have a half-day closing?
Remember when shops used to have a half-day closing?

Remember when shops used to have a half-day closing?

In our modern shopping age with stores open ever longer hours each day, I was recently reminded of a slower age, when stores were not just closed on Sundays, but also had a half-day closing each week.

Mar
18
2013
A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf
A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

Amongst the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens that can be found at the Mudchute city farm sits a now silent visitor - a World War Two era anti-aircraft gun.

Mar
05
2013
70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster
70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster

70th Anniversary of the Bethnal Green Disaster

At around half past eight tonight, it will be 70 years since the single largest loss of British civilian life during World War 2 - the Bethnal Green Disaster.

Mar
03
2013
The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England
The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England

The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England

It is the legacy of these better positioned sorts that can be most surprisingly found in that most British of institutions - the Bank of England. In fact, the first Governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, and several of its Directors, were of Huguenot origin.

Feb
19
2013
The London Museum with its own Room 101
The London Museum with its own Room 101

The London Museum with its own Room 101

In a corner, away from the main crowds, there is a museum gallery that is Room 101. A dark dimly lit room that few people can stumble upon by accident.

Feb
08
2013
A room full of China in the British Museum
A room full of China in the British Museum

A room full of China in the British Museum

Of the many rooms in museums, it is often the ones lurking in corners unseen by most visitors that offer an oasis of sadly overlooked calm.

Feb
07
2013

A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

For just under 500 years, Trinity House has been looking after the safety of seafarers around the coasts of Britain, but an organisation set up to save people from disaster seems to be rather unlucky with its own buildings.

Feb
05
2013
A drawing of Parliament from the Victoria Tower made in 1860
A drawing of Parliament from the Victoria Tower made in 1860

A drawing of Parliament from the Victoria Tower made in 1860

Something political from my collection of the Illustrated London News - this time January 28th 1860 during the ongoing construction of the new Parliament.

Jan
30
2013
The English Civil War Society parades along The Mall
The English Civil War Society parades along The Mall

The English Civil War Society parades along The Mall

For the thirty-somthingth time, the English Civil War society travelled down to London to march in memory of King Charles I and once again lay a wreath on the spot of his execution at Banqueting House.

Jan
27
2013
Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning
Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning

Large ceremonial parade in Whitehall on Sunday morning

This Sunday morning, an spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall to a muster in Horseguards.

Jan
25
2013
Steam trains return to the London Underground after a 50 year absence
Steam trains return to the London Underground after a 50 year absence

Steam trains return to the London Underground after a 50 year absence

Yesterday, for the first time in over 50 years, passengers were hauled by the raw undiluted force of coal and water once again.

Jan
14
2013
Google celebrates the London Underground with a Doodle
Google celebrates the London Underground with a Doodle

Google celebrates the London Underground with a Doodle

Well, it's arrived at last - the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, or maybe that is tomorrow?

Jan
09
2013
Best places to photograph London Underground’s heritage steam train trips
Best places to photograph London Underground’s heritage steam train trips

Best places to photograph London Underground’s heritage steam train trips

This coming Sunday, London Underground will send a steam train along the original Metropolitan Line and parts of the District Line - so I wandered out to check where the best places will be to watch it.

Jan
07
2013
Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground
Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground

Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground

Another look back at the construction of the world's oldest underground passenger railway as seen by the Illustrated London News - this time from February 1862.

Jan
06
2013
The other two London Underground anniversaries this month
The other two London Underground anniversaries this month

The other two London Underground anniversaries this month

While lots of attention is focused on the 150th anniversary of the London Underground dominating the calendar next week, there are in fact two other significant anniversaries this month.

Jan
03
2013
Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross
Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross

Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross

Another look at the construction of the world's first underground passenger railway as seen by the Illustrated London News - this time from Feb 1861.

Jan
02
2013
How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built
How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built

How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built

As we edge ever closer to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway which is now just a couple of weeks away, it might be interesting to review of the newspaper reports about how the construction of the railway progressed up to that momentous date.

Dec
28
2012
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – Xmas Day
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – Xmas Day

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – Xmas Day

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
25
2012
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 24th Dec
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 24th Dec

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 24th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
24
2012
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 23rd Dec
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 23rd Dec

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 23rd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
23
2012
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 22nd Dec
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 22nd Dec

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 22nd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
22
2012
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 21st Dec
An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 21st Dec

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 21st Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December exactly 100 years ago - in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Dec
21
2012