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Collecting Coronavirus – the Museum of London wants your memories
Collecting Coronavirus – the Museum of London wants your memories

Collecting Coronavirus – the Museum of London wants your memories

The Museum of London is seeking to collect both objects and first-hand experiences to reflect Londoners’ lives during these dark days, in order to keep a record and to ensure future generations

Apr
27
2020
Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican
Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican

Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican

A short film about the changing London landscape is a delightful 20 minutes slipping back in time to when men wore top hats and builders didn't wear hard hats.

Apr
27
2020
National Archives makes its entire digital archive available for free
National Archives makes its entire digital archive available for free

National Archives makes its entire digital archive available for free

The National Archives, a repository of millions of government and official documents has decided to make its entire digitised archive available for free.

Apr
23
2020
The decade a volcano erupted in South London
The decade a volcano erupted in South London

The decade a volcano erupted in South London

It's 1837, and a volcano has erupted in South London, near the Oval cricket ground.

Apr
23
2020
The old lion of Oxford Street
The old lion of Oxford Street

The old lion of Oxford Street

Opposite Bond Street tube station can be found a small brick building, with a lion on top.

Apr
22
2020
The origins of graves and burials being six feet under
The origins of graves and burials being six feet under

The origins of graves and burials being six feet under

It's the Year of our Lord 1665, plague is rampaging though London, and the Lord Mayor issues an order that all burials are to be six feet deep.

Apr
16
2020
300th anniversary of Covent Garden’s notorious brothel coffee house
300th anniversary of Covent Garden’s notorious brothel coffee house

300th anniversary of Covent Garden’s notorious brothel coffee house

Around three hundred years ago, give or take, a coffee house was rented in Covent Garden that was to become one of the most famous brothel houses in England.

Apr
15
2020
Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey
Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey

Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey

The grand building that houses the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales is often called the Old Bailey. But why?

Apr
14
2020
British Rail’s short experiment with travelling pubs
British Rail’s short experiment with travelling pubs

British Rail’s short experiment with travelling pubs

It's May 1949 and British Rail was showing off its latest idea to please the public - a travelling pub.

Apr
14
2020
Archeologists discover pottery from London’s earliest farmers
Archeologists discover pottery from London’s earliest farmers

Archeologists discover pottery from London’s earliest farmers

One of the most significant discoveries of Early Neolithic pottery ever uncovered in London has now been proven to be 5,500 years old

Apr
08
2020
The demolished Bryant & May Testimonial fountain
The demolished Bryant & May Testimonial fountain

The demolished Bryant & May Testimonial fountain

Opposite today's Bow Church DLR station used to stand a much grander station, and in front was a tall Victorian memorial, erected in 1872 to celebrate a protest against a tax on matches.

Apr
07
2020
Railway landslip uncovers 14th century Christian shrine
Railway landslip uncovers 14th century Christian shrine

Railway landslip uncovers 14th century Christian shrine

A cave and Christian shrine thought to date from the 14th century has been discovered by rail workers delivering landslip repair works near Guildford.

Apr
06
2020
Help the National Archives uncover WW1 ships crew logs
Help the National Archives uncover WW1 ships crew logs

Help the National Archives uncover WW1 ships crew logs

If you're stuck at home and want to do something good, then the National Archives is seeking volunteers to help transcribe First World War Royal Navy service records for a free online database it is building.

Apr
06
2020
Novo Beth Chaim – the Jewish cemetery inside a university
Novo Beth Chaim – the Jewish cemetery inside a university

Novo Beth Chaim – the Jewish cemetery inside a university

Slap bang in the middle of an East London university can be found an old, and rather unusual graveyard.

Apr
02
2020
The tradition of the celebratory Ox Roast
The tradition of the celebratory Ox Roast

The tradition of the celebratory Ox Roast

In times of old, when a major celebration took place, it was a tradition to hold a celebratory ox roast.

Apr
01
2020
Camels in the City of London
Camels in the City of London

Camels in the City of London

A grand late Victorian building in the City of London is notable for having three camels on the front.

Apr
01
2020
How the London Underground tried to extend the Bakerloo line to Dartford
How the London Underground tried to extend the Bakerloo line to Dartford

How the London Underground tried to extend the Bakerloo line to Dartford

In the 1930s, the London Underground looked at extending the Bakerloo line southwards, and while most plans were modest, one looked at taking it all the way out to Dartford.

Mar
31
2020
See Sir Pindar’s Home in the V&A Museum
See Sir Pindar’s Home in the V&A Museum

See Sir Pindar’s Home in the V&A Museum

Hanging from a wall in the V&A is a grandly decorated frontage from an old house - just the frontage floating eerily in the void.

Mar
26
2020
It’s the 200th anniversary of Mornington Crescent
It’s the 200th anniversary of Mornington Crescent

It’s the 200th anniversary of Mornington Crescent

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the construction of Mornington Crescent.

Mar
25
2020

Is HP Sauce really named after the Houses of Parliament?

There's a rather famous brown condiment, HP Sauce, which features a rather famous building, coincidentally called the Houses of Parliament, but is one named after the other?

Mar
24
2020
Unique piece of buried treasure goes on display at the V&A
Unique piece of buried treasure goes on display at the V&A

Unique piece of buried treasure goes on display at the V&A

The UK's only known example of a late Medieval jewelled cluster brooch, discovered by a metal detectorist in 2017 has gone on display in the V&A Museum.

Mar
19
2020
The memorial stone outside George Lansbury House
The memorial stone outside George Lansbury House

The memorial stone outside George Lansbury House

A small obelisk outside an otherwise unremarkable building caught my attention the other day, and it tells us that this was once the home of a former leader of the Labour Party.

Mar
19
2020
London Bridge station archeology on show
London Bridge station archeology on show

London Bridge station archeology on show

There's an exhibition inside London Bridge station, showing off what they found underneath the station during the recent rebuilding works.

Mar
17
2020
Today’s the 50th anniversary of the Highgate Vampire
Today’s the 50th anniversary of the Highgate Vampire

Today’s the 50th anniversary of the Highgate Vampire

It's the evening of Friday 13th March 1970, and a mob break into Highgate Cemetery determined to deal with a den of vampires lurking in the graves.

Mar
13
2020