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Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum
Animal Inside Out – the Body Worlds exhibition at the Natural History Museum

If you are a large museum in a large city, it is now mandatory to have a blockbuster show lain on for the summer months to lure in the paying customers – and this summer, the Natural History Museum have

A look around the Vestry House Museum
A look around the Vestry House Museum

Built in 1730 as a workhouse for the poor, and situated in a secluded side street sits what is today the Vestry House Museum. Workhouses were forced labour venues for the poor at a time when the Christian admonition above

Museums by Appointment – The London Scottish Regimental Museum
Museums by Appointment – The London Scottish Regimental Museum

Part of an occasional series where I visit museums that are open to the public, but only if you have contacted them first and arranged a time to visit. Museums by Appointment. — Opposite the glass and steel head office

Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection
Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection

Part of an occasional series where I visit museums that are open to the public, but only if you have contacted them first and arranged a time to visit. Museums by Appointment. — The British Airways Heritage Collection is based

Museum of London wants a glass pyramid on its roof
Museum of London wants a glass pyramid on its roof

Observed a planning application notice next to the Museum of London the other day proposing a new “pyramid atrium on the main roof of the museum”. Oh hello, are we about to get some Louvre-esque Pyramid in London! Sadly, not.

Luggage racks from the old Met Line trains for sale
Luggage racks from the old Met Line trains for sale

Possibly a slightly expensive gift for the commuting transport geek in your family, but the Transport Museum has grabbed a load of the old luggage racks that used to appear in the soon-to-vanish A Stock trains that spent the past

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids

An exhibition and a book all rolled into one – and the exhibition is basically excerpts from the book, so if feeling frugal, the exhibition is a cut-down version of the book to save you buying it. Book author and

Pay a visit to South London’s famous stuffed Walrus
Pay a visit to South London’s famous stuffed Walrus

If you inherit a company from your dad, and build it up to become the world’s largest tea trading business, you might be inclined to start collecting things as you travel around. Such a person was Frederick John Horniman who

A Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London
A Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London

Later this week, the first major Dickens themed exhibition in London since the 1970s opens its doors to the paying public, and starts a year of Dickens this, Dickens that and more Dickens over here as everyone tries to jump

A preview of the Natural History Museum’s exhibitions in 2012
A preview of the Natural History Museum’s exhibitions in 2012

The Natural History Museum — that South Kensington terracotta palace to science — showed off its plans for major exhibitions next year and running into 2013, and I am relieved to say, no attempt to do a tie-in with the

Attempts to close the London Fire Brigade Museum
Attempts to close the London Fire Brigade Museum

A few days ago I was approached on Twitter to sign a petition protesting against plans to close the London Fire Brigade Museum. I demurred from the request mainly as the petition presented no independent evidence that such a plan

Your chance to visit an abandoned tube station
Your chance to visit an abandoned tube station

Prepare to squeal in delight as the Transport Museum delivers an early Christmas present. The closed down Aldwych tube station by The Strand is opening to the public again for a rare chance to go down and see this famous

More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to restore an old carriage in time for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, which takes place in 2013. A few more details have been released by London

A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum
A New Gallery is Opened at the Natural History Museum

A new gallery opened last week at the Natural History Museum — the Images of Nature gallery — which as they put it showcases “the Museum’s world-famous collection of natural history artworks”. Basically, a display of mainly scientific drawings, and

Free Showing of War of the Worlds (1953) on the big screen
Free Showing of War of the Worlds (1953) on the big screen

Ask Hollywood to turn an English novel into a movie, and the first thing they’ll do is move the setting to the USA and make sure the heroes are Americans. That said, considered to be one of the great science

Win a Moquette covered chair
Win a Moquette covered chair

Thanks to a birthday gift voucher from my flatmate, I was in the Transport Museum’s shop the other day picking up some goodies, including a moquette design tea towel – which it turns out isn’t that effective in its tea

Peering inside NASA’s Apollo 10 Command Module
Peering inside NASA’s Apollo 10 Command Module

In a Science Museum gallery next to, but not in the space gallery, is a relic of the Space Race, the command module used in the Apollo 10 mission to to the moon. That was the final test run before

Vintage trains running on the London Underground
Vintage trains running on the London Underground

It has been announced that the Transport Museum’s dinky little red 1938 era tube train, and the older, and rather larger electric locomotive, Sarah Siddons will be running special journeys on Sunday 11th September between Harrow-on-the-Hill, Rickmansworth and Amersham. The

Dr Who in Comics – an exhibition
Dr Who in Comics – an exhibition

Dr Who has spawned more than a couple of films, tv spin-off series and gaudy trinkets for collectors – it also created an entire separate storyline in the form of the comic magazine.

London Fire Brigade Museum – Open Day
London Fire Brigade Museum – Open Day

With frustratingly short notice – the London Fire Brigade has announced that it will open its museum this coming Friday to anyone who just wants to turn up and have a look. The museum is one of those places that

Standing inside a London Ice Well
Standing inside a London Ice Well

In the days before the domestic refrigerator, how would the average household keep their food cool to store it? Well, the blunt answer is that the vast majority of houses didn’t – food was stored warm, and meats were preserved

Geek Overload at the Transport Museum
Geek Overload at the Transport Museum

What happens when you collect together 1950s comics and science magazines, acoustic modems, 5.25-inch floppy disks, a Sinclair C5 and a Commodore C64? You have a correspondent getting misted up with nostalgia. The Transport Museum in Covent Garden has put

Vintage tube train trip – timetable published
Vintage tube train trip – timetable published

You may recall that the little red 1938 era tube train is going to take a trip along the Picadilly Line this coming Sunday – well, actually three trips in total, to run down to Heathrow Airport. The timetable has

World’s largest Steampunk exhibition visits London
World’s largest Steampunk exhibition visits London

What is said to be the largest exhibition of Steampunk art, craft and engineering in the world has come to London for the next few months and goes on display surrounded by real Victorian steam engineering at the Kew Bridge