Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

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Museums - Archive Articles

All the news from London’s museums

Tickets Alert: Photography at Sir John Soane’s Museum
Tickets Alert: Photography at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Tickets Alert: Photography at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The old house packed full of curiosities is one of those museums that normally bans photography - but not in the evenings.

Nov
26
2019
Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station
Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station

Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station

A hidden series of tunnels and lift shafts lie out of sight under Piccadilly Circus, and now tours are offered of these hidden spaces.

Nov
20
2019
See a Mercury mission spacecraft in the Science Museum
See a Mercury mission spacecraft in the Science Museum

See a Mercury mission spacecraft in the Science Museum

Sitting near the back of the Science Museum is a full-size model of a spacecraft that's currently on a journey to Mercury.

Nov
13
2019
Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith
Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

In the British Museum at the moment is an exhibition about a period of German history that's both well known, and hardly known at all - the hyperinflation of the world war periods.

Nov
05
2019
See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home
See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

The Museum of London is set to move soon from its current home into a cluster of semi-derelict Victorian iron and 1960s concrete buildings.

Oct
31
2019
London’s Science City at the Science Museum
London’s Science City at the Science Museum

London’s Science City at the Science Museum

There's a new gallery at the Science Museum that shows off an awful lot of wood, brass and books.

Oct
30
2019
Sink into Victorian nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum
Sink into Victorian nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum

Sink into Victorian nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum

Hidden away in a warren of side streets, two old creaky buildings are home to one of the delights of London, a curiously old fashioned toy museum.

Oct
30
2019
The British Empire and animal collecting
The British Empire and animal collecting

The British Empire and animal collecting

A new exhibition at the Grant Museum takes a look at how the attitudes of the British Empire affected the collections of natural wildlife that were brought back to the UK.

Oct
25
2019
The roundel that got cancelled
The roundel that got cancelled

The roundel that got cancelled

There's a display in the Transport Museum of roundels used by TfL, but one of them shouldn't be there.

Oct
24
2019
London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered
London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London, and the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC have been

Oct
21
2019
Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood
Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood

Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood

The V&A's Museum of Childhood in East London has secured planning permission for a large revamp of the listed building.

Oct
18
2019
See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies
See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

A document that is so rare and fragile that it can only be seen for a few weeks each year has gone on display in the British Museum.

Oct
17
2019

Book review: Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground

Released to tie in with an exhibition of the same name, this book is a picture rich journey through some of the disused and hidden spaces on the London Underground.

Oct
15
2019
Tickets Alert: Train trip into the Jubilee line’s overrun tunnels
Tickets Alert: Train trip into the Jubilee line’s overrun tunnels

Tickets Alert: Train trip into the Jubilee line’s overrun tunnels

There's a chance next month to visit a part of the Jubilee line rarely seen - the overrun tunnels that run beyond Charing Cross station towards Aldwych.

Oct
14
2019
Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden
Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden

Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden

As you step through the familiar terracotta frontage of an old tube station it's difficult to believe you're two floors above ground, and not deep under it.

Oct
10
2019
Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display
Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display

Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display

This is more significant than it sounds, as it's one of only three items of silver plate known to have belonged to Pepys as part of his personal collection and is now the only one on display in the UK.

Oct
09
2019
Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum
Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

Easy to walk past without noticing, but under the old gatehouse to Barts Hospital is a museum to its 900 odd years of history.

Sep
05
2019
A book about London Underground’s famous Moquette
A book about London Underground’s famous Moquette

A book about London Underground’s famous Moquette

It's a curious thing, Moquette, that hard wearing fabric in bold designs that seems to spark strong passions in people. Is it the design, the familiarity, the heritage, the links with London Transport?

Aug
19
2019
London Underground posters – Special offer for ianVisits readers
London Underground posters – Special offer for ianVisits readers

London Underground posters – Special offer for ianVisits readers

Alongside the design of the stations, London Underground's posters heritage is justly world-famous.

Aug
12
2019
Rare watch goes on display in the Science Museum
Rare watch goes on display in the Science Museum

Rare watch goes on display in the Science Museum

An intricate British-made watch which sold in 2017 for £3.2 million has gone on display in the Science Museum for the next few years.

Aug
05
2019

Tickets Alert: Affordable vintage train trips

A relief from the prices that steam trains have to charge for trips, as a 1950s vintage trains offers affordable runs along part of the Metropolitan line in September.

Aug
02
2019
Local Museums – Redbridge Museum
Local Museums – Redbridge Museum

Local Museums – Redbridge Museum

The town of Ilford has a local museum that's not called Ilford Museum, but is named after the much larger borough that it's within - welcome to Redbridge Museum.

Jul
31
2019
325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England
325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England

325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is of the sort of age that you should never mention about a lady, but she's dug out an object for every year of her life.

Jul
31
2019
Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August
Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August

Sir John Soane’s Museum going tickets only from August

It's a compliment of sorts when your museum is so popular that it has to stop allowing people to just turn up and visit.

Jul
30
2019