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History


The Crockett’s Leathercloth Works War Memorial

A majestic lion lays bestride a war memorial in a post-war housing estate, a memory of those who worked nearby and died far away.

The memorial to a failed North-East Passage

As motorists journey through the Rotherhithe tunnel, little do they know that there’s a memorial to another greater journey above their heads.

Photos of the disused King William Street tube station

Deep under the City of London lies the oldest disused tube station in London, and one that’s currently a hive of activity.

Climb to the top of Severndroog Castle

In 1755, a naval battle took place off the coast of India that resulted in a castle being built in South London. And now you can go to the top for impressive views across London.

Shrewsbury Tumulus – the Bronze Age burial site in the middle of a housing estate

Next to a road junction in the middle of a South London housing estate can be found a Bronze-Age era burial mound.

See inside the refurbished Toynbee Hall

Hidden, at the moment, down a long builders alley is a building that is more than just a building, it represents 130 years of social catalyst for change in the East End.

Immortalized forever – a temporary exhibition

There’s a temporary exhibition in an old industrial space that looks at how mankind seeks to create an eternal memory to the dead.

The block of flats named after a war hero

If you pass a rather nondescript block of flats in Richmond, you might be surprised to see a poppy wreath hanging on the wall.

The Blowing Stone

A strange and curious stone standing inside a fenced off area next to a small row of cottages in the countryside – this is the Blowing Stone.

Shoreditch’s Shakespearean theatre to be opened to the public

The remains of a Shakespearean theatre discovered under the streets of Shoreditch will be go on public display next year, as part of a new museum opening on the site.

Crossrail’s history of London – made from paper

Short and simple, this is a delightful way to show off the history of London, using paper origami.

Exhibition: At Last! Votes for Women

In this 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women in elections, there’s a number of exhibitions, and a small one can be found in the LSE Library just off Holborn.

Fantastic Feats: The Building of London

Next year, the City of London is planning a range of events, based around notable anniversaries in the “building of London”.

Tickets Alert: Three-day east London history festival

There’s a three-day festival of history taking place in Whitechapel in October, and tickets are very cheap for the event.

The Science Museum has a room full of old washing machines and televisions

In the basement of the Science Museum is a gallery that’s all too easy to miss, and yet is full of domestic wonders.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

This is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library, along with the Great Hall, and parts of the Palace building itself.

Queen Caroline’s Bath in Greenwich

Rather too well hidden behind a dense hedge can be found the remains of a Georgian bath that was used by the estranged wife of King George IV, Queen Caroline.

Open-air display of Victorian photos from 1840s London

London’s newest pocket park has a display of some of it’s oldest photos at the moment.