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Crossrail holding talks about Bedlam excavations

Starting this week, Crossrail is hosting a weekly briefing on its archeology dig at Liverpool Street which aims to recover some 3,000 remains from the Bedlam burial site.

Crossrail to move 3,000 plague victims

In order to build the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street, some 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground have to be removed, and the removal process has just started.

Unbuilt London: A travolator on top of London Bridge

When London Bridge was being shipped off the to USA, one of the ideas mooted for its modern replacement was a high level, covered travolator to help speed pedestrians from the railway station to the City.

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

If you think modern political satires are cruel at times, take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal, but applauded when applied to the enemy.

Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper may have gained a reputation for frying eggs on the pavement, but its basement conceals remains of a much older conflagration — the burning of London by Queen Boudica.

Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s

Google may be getting the publicity for its driverless car today, but London once considered a similar project — all the way back in the 1970s.

Freemasonry and the First World War

That secretive organisation that has a very large, very obvious building in central London that anyone can enter for a look around has put on a display about how their organisation was affected during WW1.

Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum

The main hall of the Natural History Museum, home for the past 30 years to the replica dinosaur, is soon to have a giant flying whale in its midst.

The time when London’s streets were paved with wood

London’s streets may be famously paved with gold, but more realistically, they were once paved with wood — quite a lot of streets and an awful lot of wood. As roads were increasingly paved to cope with carriages and later,

A history of Pubs on the London Underground

As we all (should) know, drinking on the London Underground has been strictly forbidden since 2008, but if you go back further in time, there used to be plenty of drinking on the Underground, as it used to have pubs inside the stations.

The danger of ladies hatpins on the London Underground

It is almost a daily occurrence that some accident of one kind or another has to be reported through the negligent way in which ladies wear hat-pins.

Tangerine dreams with new Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

If you’re museum curator looking after dinosaur exhibits, you probably dream of acquiring a full sized Stegosaurus for your collection.

Own a macabre relic from Republican England

Fancy owning something taken from the decaying body of a dead man?

Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

A massive triumphal arch is on display in the British Museum at the moment, but unlike the grand stone arches dotted around Imperial cities, this one is made of paper.

At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station

On the 1st November, 1884, a tube station changed its name, and in doing so became the shortest lived tube station to bear the name it once had.