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17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London

Foot of a cat, fat from a pig, an old onion, some fresh eggs, hen's droppings and horse dung - not a Scottish play potion, but the poultices offered to treat the burns of the Great Fire of London.


Tickets Alert: Visit a Victorian Gaol

It's outside London, but close enough, and there is a chance to go inside a Victorian era jail, and come out again.


A new museum for London – the Heath Robinson Museum opens soon

London is to get a new museum in October, as the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, North-West London has confirmed its opening date.


From Tudor Mansion to City Farm – Crossrail’s Stepney Revelation

A surprisingly rich and cosmopolitan past has been revealed in East London's Stepney as part of the archeology associated with the Crossrail project.


Find the Lost Palace of Whitehall

If you wander around the streets of Whitehall at the moment, you might bump into a few rather odd looking objects.


City of London relaunching archive of old photos

A collection of over one quarter of a million images of London, dating from 1450 to the present day, will feature on a revamped free-to-access website hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives.


One Hundred Years of Nursing – An Exhibition

There can't be many trade unions that have a Royal Seal of Approval, but one was founded a hundred years ago, and while it plays down the term, many of its early founders thought of the Royal College of Nursing as just that -- a trades union.


A disused railway line – the Belmont Trail

Just over 50 years ago a small branch running off the railway near Harrow closed, and is now much of the line has been converted into a pleasant if seemingly little used walk.


Museum of London restores 17th-century fire engine for exhibition

It may not look like much, but an old barrel and a pump are in fact the remains of a nearly 350 year old fire engine, and they have now been restored ahead of an exhibition about the Great Fire of London.


Builders discover the original “spend a penny” toilet

The remains of a 165-year-old toilet from the Great Exhibition which helped coin the phrase 'spend a penny' have been uncovered in London's Hyde Park.


The curious tale of Hammersmith’s abandoned railway viaduct

If you've ever noticed an odd disused railway bridge just to the west of Hammersmith station, it's a curious legacy of a railway line that closed down exactly 100 years ago,


Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

A number of Roman tablets found while excavating a new tube station entrance have been shown to contain the oldest known reference to the city of London, as well as a wealth of information about the Roman occupation of the city.


The year without a summer

When looking outside today it might be easy to joke that we are living in a year without a summer, but 200 years ago there quite literally was a year without a summer.


The WW2 fortification in a Nth London park

If you were talking a wander through a nature reserve in North London one day, you might notice a rather shabby looking concrete hut peeking out of the bushes.


Historic London Bus Heads to France for Somme Anniversary

A one-hundred year old London bus will be heading to France later this month, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.