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Museum of London

Many, many years ago I was on an early postal mailing list for the Museum of London – and when they launched their Friends system, I joined up as a founder member. I even got a nice little tie pin

Events update

Starting to organise events again for those who are on my old mailing list (if you are not on that – I’ll be cleaning up the system shortly), so sometime this Summer I now have a day at York planned

Treasures of the English Church

Today I wandered over to Goldsmiths Hall in the City to visit an exhibition which opened only yesterday of Church silver and gold plate and vessels. The exhibition is said to the be the largest collection of religious metal work

Bank of England – open day

(Blog updated to note this event is repeated on 3rd July 2010) The Bank of England is normally open on only one Saturday per year – on Open House Weekend, and the queue to get in has always been awful.

150 Years of Watford Station

This Monday, the 5th May marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the train station at Watford Junction in North London. The station was originally the London terminus of the St Albans Abbey Branch Line, which was opened by

HMS Ocelot

As part of my day down at Chatham Dockyard, which I will write about in a day or two (as I am too tired right now), we went inside a submarine! In a dry dock is HMS Ocelot, an Oberon-class

Getting into private homes to see private “bits of heritage”

Last night, while wandering round a museum of dead animals, glass of wine in hand – conversation turned as it invariably does to the weighty maters of taxation and art. Not totally unexpected as the museum has some artifacts which

A Trip on a 70 Year Old Tube Train

In 1938, a new modern tube train was introduced on London Underground – with the radical change in that it abolished the front locomotive which used to pull tube trains. In 1998, the 1938 stock made its final trip on

The Kirkaldy Testing Museum

One of the things which I love looking at is monumental Victorian engineering. However, there is a side to these buildings and constructions that people rarely think about – and that is how did they know if the materials used

Domesticating Electricity – a lunchtime lecture

This lunchtime, I wandered over to the opulent splendor of the Royal Society for one of their free lunchtime lectures. They are usually presented by someone who is coincidentally just about to release a new book – and today was