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World’s oldest clock museum to move home
World’s oldest clock museum to move home

The world’s oldest clock museum has closed to the public — because it is about to move home.

Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

This September marks sixty years since the discovery of the Roman Temple of Mithras under a building site near to Mansion House in the City of London.

Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again
Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again

The first shopping street in the UK to be lit by electricity is to get a makeover after the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a £2.6 million grant to refurbish buildings along the street.

Brunels’s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington Station
Brunels’s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington Station

Remains of structures built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for his Great Western Railway have been unearthed near Paddington in west London.

Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway
Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway

Just under 150 years ago, a subway was built linking a railway station to a shopping arcade, but was closed 60 years ago, and has been largely sealed up ever since. Which is a pity as it is a true marvel of Victorian brickwork.

100th anniversary of THAT famous poster
100th anniversary of THAT famous poster

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the publishing of one of the most famous posters from WW1 — the one of Lord Kitchener pointing a finger at the viewer telling them that their country needs them.

Prefab Museum saved till 2017
Prefab Museum saved till 2017

A temporary museum that chronicles the soon to be terminated permanence of a temporary housing estate has itself started to ape its subjects by becoming increasingly permanent itself.

150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway
150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway

Just under 150 years ago, a new railway line opened linking Shepperton to Twickenham. As with so many grand railway schemes, grand plans to expand it further came to nothing, but 150 years later, that little bit of railway is still there, and still very much in use.

The Illustrated London News goes online
The Illustrated London News goes online

The Illustrated London News — that venerable newspaper that is still technically publishing, albeit very rarely — has published something.

People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face
People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face

Something to look out for — as people will be abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face next week

For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary
For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary

On this day, 100 years ago was the first reported observation of soldiers singing the music hall song, It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary, which was to become one of the most famous songs of World War 1.

TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers
TV show about London Underground’s flood barriers

Next week, the BBC’s Coast TV programme will have a segment about the flood barriers that were installed on the London Underground at the start of WW2.

Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range
Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range

A hundred years ago, a man died, and in doing so set in chain a series of events that was to see a large island off the coast of Essex sealed off from the general public, and it remains so to this very day.

A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf
A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf

Somewhat hidden at the moment, around the back next to a fire exit, can be found a mighty memorial to those who died during the two great wars of the last century.

Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today
Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today

If you travel around London today, keep an eye out for remembrance wreaths laid at key transport locations — in memory of transport staff who died in WW1.

Queen Anne is Dead
Queen Anne is Dead

Early this morning, 300 years ago, Queen Anne died, and set in place the events that would lead to the Georgian era of Monarchs.

This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston
This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston

For a good many years, once a month, the clowns come out to play, but not any more. A church they played in has turned into a school, so the clowns are in a side room.

How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

Earlier this year I noted the 150th anniversary of the opening of London’s Charing Cross railway station, but it came very close to being a eulogy for a long since closed station.

Find the Tyburn Stone
Find the Tyburn Stone

A macabre relic of mass murder can be found sitting, almost unnoticed in the posh entrance of a London hotel.

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour
Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

A modest but thought provoking exhibition has opened at the British Library that looks at the letters sent and propaganda printed during World War One.

Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London

Hidden underneath an uninspiring City office block is one of London’s most important roman ruins, and it has a rare open day tomorrow (Sunday).

Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding
Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding

One of London’s surviving windmills is to be saved, following the award of a £1.4 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains
30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the banning of smoking in London’s tube trains. Not a total ban on the entire underground, just inside the trains, a decision which was to have tragic consequences just a few years later.

The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park

Dotted around London can be found various remnants of the original Roman Wall that once encircled it, yet one fragment is rarely seen, despite being in full view of those who know where to find it.