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A second propaganda exhibition in London
A second propaganda exhibition in London

The British Library is not alone in devoting space to the dark arts of propaganda this summer, as the British Museum also has a display — based on the same concept, but the two displays compliment rather than overlap.

An art event inside a disused tube station
An art event inside a disused tube station

Aldwych tube station — opened in 1907 and closed down in 1994 — is to open again for one of its occasional public events.

Hidden for 100 years – the Cheapside Hoard goes on display again
Hidden for 100 years – the Cheapside Hoard goes on display again

A hundred years ago, an unseemly spat broke out between a number of London’s museums, as the fate of one of the most significant finds of 16th and 17th century jewellery was argued over.

Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station
Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station

A huge construction site near Bank Tube station is preparing the way for a new tube station entrance to be built — oh, and a very large office block, oh, and it sits in a major archaeological location.

Dare you enter the Micrarium?
Dare you enter the Micrarium?

A small room inside a small museum has been given over to the small displays of the small of the animal kingdom. A glowing cupboard surrounded on three sides by bugs, beetles. beasties and bacillus.

London Underground to run a Steam Train again in May
London Underground to run a Steam Train again in May

There are some chanced to take trips on a vintage tube train and a steam train next month, and tickets go on sale today for trips on a steam train.

Pompeii comes to the British Museum
Pompeii comes to the British Museum

A smidgen under 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Italy and within a day had immortalized the local residents in history. Two towns, of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under the volcanic fury and lay there virtually untouched until the 1750s.

The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England
The Huguenot Legacy at the Bank of England

It is the legacy of these better positioned sorts that can be most surprisingly found in that most British of institutions – the Bank of England. In fact, the first Governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Houblon, and several of its Directors, were of Huguenot origin.

The London Museum with its own Room 101
The London Museum with its own Room 101

In a corner, away from the main crowds, there is a museum gallery that is Room 101. A dark dimly lit room that few people can stumble upon by accident.

A room full of China in the British Museum
A room full of China in the British Museum

Of the many rooms in museums, it is often the ones lurking in corners unseen by most visitors that offer oasis of sadly overlooked calm.

Three Enigma Machines on display in the Science Museum
Three Enigma Machines on display in the Science Museum

A temporary exhibition has been set up in the Science Museum to that increasing icon of computing, Alan Turning.

Disused tube station to open to the public for tours
Disused tube station to open to the public for tours

Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present in the form of tours of a disused tube station. Of the closed tube stations that litter the London Underground, two top the list of stations

Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London
Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London

In a couple of weeks time, the souls of the dead will roam the land on All Hallows Eve, but they will have to do so without the diligent assistance of the Resurrection Men, who in the early 19th century

A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood
A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood

A history of how the lives of children has changed since the end of WW2 should be a fantastic nostalia-fest that would appeal to an

Grant Museum to start opening at weekends
Grant Museum to start opening at weekends

One of London’s rather better smaller museums is about to fix it one major failing – its slightly inconvenient opening hours. From this weekend in fact, the recently refurbished collections of animals in jars and bones on shelves at the

The last chance to ride in the old Metropolitan Line trains
The last chance to ride in the old Metropolitan Line trains

Tomorrow (Wed 26th Sept) will be your very last chance to take a trip in one of the old Metropolitan Line trains running along the main part of the network as a member of the public. There is a farewell

Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

Rebuilding of a city office block just behind the Bank of England has opened up an opportunity for the Museum of London to unpack their trowels and tape measures and have a look at what lies beneath. And on Saturday

A “Grand Tour” to say goodbye to London Underground’s oldest trains
A “Grand Tour” to say goodbye to London Underground’s oldest trains

To mark the end of the 50 year service of the old Metropolitan Line trains, a grand tour has been arranged to give them a bit of a send-off before the last of them depart to the scrapyard. It’s probably

Vintage tube train to run on the Underground next month
Vintage tube train to run on the Underground next month

The Transport Museum’s two working vintage trains are to be out on the network next month and will be offering rides between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham, along with the Museum’s iconic Routemaster RM1, making journeys between Amersham town centre and train

Over 300 vintage London Transport posters to go on sale
Over 300 vintage London Transport posters to go on sale

The posh auction house, Christie’s is holding a sale of over 300 original advertising posters dating from 1913 to 1955. The sale is of posters direct from the archives of London Transport Museum (LTM), so not a private collection built

Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday
Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday

One of London’s bus operating companies has decided to urge people to get off the bus and walk along one of its bus routes. No, not some weird request to reduce overcrowding during the Olympics, but a bit of heritage

Mind the Map at the Transport Museum
Mind the Map at the Transport Museum

London’s underground railway can not unreasonably be summed up in two icons – tube trains and that famous map. Now the Transport Museum has put on a display of the famous tube map, from its early days through the Becks

Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival
Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival

The annual Rickmansworth Festival is in a couple of weeks time, and as usual, the London Transport Museum will be there with vintage buses to ferry people between Rickmansworth Station and the Festival at Batchworth Lock. Also, the restored 1938

A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames
A history of Royal Pageantry along the Thames

With the Royal Pageant taking place in a couple of months, it is opportune to learn a bit about the history of such grand events which were often the closest the great unwashed would get to see their Regal masters