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The myth of Medieval Small Beer

There is a story repeated so often that it has become a truth -- that medieval folk drank weak beer to avoid the perils of drinking water -- but it's a myth.


Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.


A history of ice skating in London

As we approach the 150th anniversary of one of London's worst ice-skating disasters, the Museum of London has looked back at the history of the recreational sport.


New books about Crossrail archeology released

Five new books about the archeology uncovered during the Crossrail project have been published, to add to two previous books that were released earlier this year.


A memorial to over 500 unmarked children’s graves in Tower Hamlets

Over a 50 year period, at least 500 children were buried in unmarked graves in Tower Hamlets cemetery. Now a new monument to them has been unveiled in the cemetery park.


WW2 film shows London commuters during the Blitz

How did London's commuters get to work during the blitz? A propaganda film from 1941 says, blitz? What blitz? Everything's normal down here.


Just days to save the UK’s last WW1 submarine hunter from being scrapped

We have but a few days to prevent the last remaining submarine hunter of WW1 from being scrapped. HMS President has been moored by Blackfriars Bridge since 1922, as a training base and visitor centre.


Exhibition looks at how WW1 supported independence activists

A modest, but historically fascinating view of an often unseen aspect of WW1 has gone on display in the sumptuous Maughan Library.


Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall

In 1984, the Museum of London installed twenty-one ceramic plaques around the City of London marking the line of the Roman wall, but in 2016, how many of them remain?


The Silver Swan automaton flies south to London

For nearly 250 years, the silver swan has astonished audiences, and next year it will come to London for the first time in over 150 years.