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This Volunteer Week, we want to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers here at Museum of London! It's beyond true tha...
01/06/2021

This Volunteer Week, we want to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers here at Museum of London! It's beyond true that we couldn't do what we do without them. Thank you to all those who work so hard to make the museum what it is!

This Volunteer Week, we want to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers here at Museum of London! It's beyond true that we couldn't do what we do without them. Thank you to all those who work so hard to make the museum what it is!

It's half term and we've got a special family trail of our galleries for you to enjoy. Come and help Riley Ratcliffe, ou...
31/05/2021
Tail trail

It's half term and we've got a special family trail of our galleries for you to enjoy.

Come and help Riley Ratcliffe, our furry rodent friend, learn about some of her ancestors on display and complete her family tree. Book your free general admission ticket and pick up a trail at our front desk: https://bit.ly/2Rgn568

Help Riley Ratcliffe learn more about her family in this fun, free gallery trail.

30/05/2021
Dub London Spotify Playlist

Bringing back carnival vibes with this Dub track! Have you seen the #DubLondon display yet? It's packed with collections and histories of Dub culture in London that will have you reminiscing on more than just carnival. See you soon!

28/05/2021
Conservation in the City | Episode 3

Using an ultrasonic humidifier, Textile Conservator Emily Austin is able to gently re-align the feathers belonging to ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova, on the third episode of Conservation in the City.

We are thrilled to share that we have acquired the well-known sign erected by ZSL London Zoo on their Giraffe House in A...
27/05/2021

We are thrilled to share that we have acquired the well-known sign erected by ZSL London Zoo on their Giraffe House in April 2020.

The giant, light-up, blue wooden sign featuring two red hearts and white ‘NHS’ lettering was created by ZSL as a symbolic ‘thank you’ to all NHS staff on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their team noticed many paramedics parking outside the Zoo’s gates on their hasty lunch breaks. So, they installed the tribute to brighten their day, but it quickly became a highlight for many Londoners out for their daily exercise throughout the past year.

The sign is the latest addition to our collection as part of our ongoing #CollectingCOVID project and will be considered for potential display in the museum’s future new home in West Smithfield in the coming years.

📸 : ZSL

We are thrilled to share that we have acquired the well-known sign erected by ZSL London Zoo on their Giraffe House in April 2020.

The giant, light-up, blue wooden sign featuring two red hearts and white ‘NHS’ lettering was created by ZSL as a symbolic ‘thank you’ to all NHS staff on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their team noticed many paramedics parking outside the Zoo’s gates on their hasty lunch breaks. So, they installed the tribute to brighten their day, but it quickly became a highlight for many Londoners out for their daily exercise throughout the past year.

The sign is the latest addition to our collection as part of our ongoing #CollectingCOVID project and will be considered for potential display in the museum’s future new home in West Smithfield in the coming years.

📸 : ZSL

26/05/2021
Wednesday Walks: London's Lost Rivers | The Fleet, ep. 4

Our final destination along the Fleet is the Thames, more specifically the banks of the Thames by Blackfriars Pier. Though it's difficult to see in our video due to the high tide, the river Fleet emerges into the Thames between the columns of the old Blackfriars Railway Bridge from 1800s and the present day road bridge #WednesdayWalks

Calling all teachers! Booking is now open for our summer term schools programme.  From prehistory to Windrush, we've got...
24/05/2021
School workshops at the museum | Museum of London

Calling all teachers! Booking is now open for our summer term schools programme.

From prehistory to Windrush, we've got a range of fully risk assessed sessions that can take place safely at your school or online.

We're also planning some exclusive schools-only days at our museums for primary and SEND groups.

Check out the full programme and book via our website: https://bit.ly/3f02Brw

Learn about the range of activities and workshops we offer, from gallery dramas to art and creative classes.

24/05/2021
Pleasure and prudence: walking Vauxhall's past

Join Nick Collinson, aka the Urban Rambler, on a walk around Vauxhall where you'll uncover the history of the area as it transformed from a quiet rural village to a pleasure seeker's paradise.

Watch the video for a taster of what the walk has to offer and learn about a butcher-boy known by night as Princess Seraphina. Book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3eS6sGZ

22/05/2021
Dub London Spotify playlist

So, what's your favourite Dub track? We can't choose so we've put them all in Spotify playlist, including this one so you can help us out! Comment below the Dub tune that makes you want to move your feet. Spotify playlist here: https://spoti.fi/3w3Hw5a

We're so excited that our interactive Mudlarks children's gallery is back after over a year of closure.We have a new sof...
21/05/2021
Museum of London Docklands | Free museum in London

We're so excited that our interactive Mudlarks children's gallery is back after over a year of closure.

We have a new soft-play area for crawlers and pre-walkers to enjoy, plus our usual soft-play and games to give the family an ideal interactive introduction to the docks.

We have a range of safety measures in place to make sure you and the little ones are safe and ready to have fun.

Book your free general admission ticket here for access to booking Mudlarks tickets: https://bit.ly/2QjGyCH

Discover how the docks transformed London and made the city we know today at the Museum of London Docklands, near Canary Wharf.

19/05/2021
Wednesday Walks: London's Lost Rivers - The Fleet, ep.3

Our penultimate stop along the river Fleet is the Holborn Viaduct, which was built in the 1860s and costed £2.5 million (over £200 million today) to construct. Ahead of the Viaduct being built, the river Fleet would have run through it on its way into the Thames.

On the viaduct you'll see a statue of Sir William Walworth, the Lord Mayor of London in 1381 during the Peasants' Revolt. King Richard II and Sir William Walworth famously met the rebels of the Peasants' Revolt on the 'Smooth Field' or Smithfield as we now call it, near to where the museum's future home will be in West Smithfield #WednesdayWalks

We're open! We're so excited to be able to open our doors again to all you lovely Londoners and beyond. We've got 450,00...
19/05/2021
Museum of London | Free museum in London

We're open! We're so excited to be able to open our doors again to all you lovely Londoners and beyond.

We've got 450,000 years of London's history to tell so come and join us and discover something new about the city.

We're COVID compliant and have a range of safety measures in place to make sure your visit is as a safe and enjoyable one.

If you haven't already booked your ticket, free general admission tickets can be booked here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

Discover the history of London at the Museum of London, near St Paul's and Barbican. The greatest stories from the greatest city in nine galleries.

As well as revealing many questions the #HaveringHoard also provides a lot of clues about Bronze Age people and their li...
17/05/2021
Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery | Museum of London Docklands

As well as revealing many questions the #HaveringHoard also provides a lot of clues about Bronze Age people and their lives. For instance, the large amount of weapons discovered within the hoard points to a developing warrior class. Swords like the ones found in the Havering Hoard, were high status objects and extremely important to those in the warrior society.

See the Havering Hoard in person here: https://bit.ly/3aSkfei

Unearth the mystery of the largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered in London in our major exhibition.

14/05/2021
The Krios of Sierra Leone free display

Discover the history of the Krio people of Sierra Leone and uncover the history behind the dress, architecture, language, lifestyle, and tradition of their community in our display, extended until 4 July.

Now's the time to book your free ticket: https://bit.ly/3eemwmg

Face masks have now become a very common part of our everyday lives. This face mask was designed to filter out noxious p...
13/05/2021
Museum of London | Free museum in London

Face masks have now become a very common part of our everyday lives. This face mask was designed to filter out noxious particles in the air. The mask was bought in London in 1995 at a time when concern about pollution was rising. It can be seen on display in our World City gallery. Book free tickets to the museum, opening 19 May here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

Discover the history of London at the Museum of London, near St Paul's and Barbican. The greatest stories from the greatest city in nine galleries.

12/05/2021
Wednesday Walks - London's Lost Rivers ep.2

Part 2 of #WednesdayWalks London's Lost Rivers, the Fleet sees us at The Coach pub in Clerkenwell, which once upon a time was called the Coach and Horses pub. Located in an area that used to be known as Hockley-in-the-hole in the 18th and 19th centuries (an area known for its dodgy dealings), the Coach and Horses pub used to conduct all sorts of illegal fights. But what is super special about this pub, is the man-hole near it where you can hear the river Fleet running beneath the streets.

Calling all photography fanatics, we have an online event happening tomorrow evening with photo historian Denis Pellerin...
11/05/2021

Calling all photography fanatics, we have an online event happening tomorrow evening with photo historian Denis Pellerin.

Join us as we take a look at what Victorian London was like through the lens of a stereoscope.

From the Great Exhibition of 1851 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the Victorians’ main window onto the world was through the oculars of the stereoscope. This optical instrument invented by Charles Wheatstone, gave the illusion of three dimensions from two flat perspectives.

Intrigued? Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3h9dZTj

Calling all photography fanatics, we have an online event happening tomorrow evening with photo historian Denis Pellerin.

Join us as we take a look at what Victorian London was like through the lens of a stereoscope.

From the Great Exhibition of 1851 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the Victorians’ main window onto the world was through the oculars of the stereoscope. This optical instrument invented by Charles Wheatstone, gave the illusion of three dimensions from two flat perspectives.

Intrigued? Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3h9dZTj

11/05/2021
Let's Do London

We’re so excited to support the Mayor of London’s new #LetsDoLondon campaign, the capital's biggest ever domestic tourism campaign aimed to kick start London's economy, and support the reopening of the city. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3exmvK3

We reopen both our sites on 19 May, book your free general admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

London has always had a battle with air pollution, even before factories and cars began to pump pollutants into the city...
10/05/2021
Air pollution, the Great Stink & the Great Smog | Museum of London

London has always had a battle with air pollution, even before factories and cars began to pump pollutants into the city's atmosphere.

17th century writers complained of the foul smoke emitted by burning sea coal, and backed-up chimneys suffocated people in their beds every year for centuries. But there were two times in London's history when the air became not just foul-smelling but actually deadly: the Great Stink and the Great Smog.

Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3h4smbE

From the Great Stink to Oxford Street smog and 'pea-soupers' to the Clean Air Act, what can the history of air pollution tell us about the future of London's lungs?

Believe it or not, but medieval Londoners would frequently go ice-skating during the winter months when the marshes woul...
07/05/2021
Museum of London | Free museum in London

Believe it or not, but medieval Londoners would frequently go ice-skating during the winter months when the marshes would freeze over. Using skates made from bone and leather (like these ones) Londoners would take to the ice. Some would "...fit shinbones of cattle on their feet, tying them round their ankles. They [would] take a stick with an iron spike in their hands and strike it regularly on the ice [to be] carried along as fast as a flying bird or a bolt from a catapult."

These bone skates are on display in our Medieval London gallery, come and see them in person by booking your free ticket here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

Discover the history of London at the Museum of London, near St Paul's and Barbican. The greatest stories from the greatest city in nine galleries.

When London's largest Bronze Age hoard, the #HaveringHoard was unearthed in 2018, it was found that the majority of the ...
06/05/2021

When London's largest Bronze Age hoard, the #HaveringHoard was unearthed in 2018, it was found that the majority of the tools found were axes. On closer inspection, this makes sense as axes played an important role in Bronze Age society. Axes were used to chop down wood (possibly the most important material during this period) for a range of uses and purposes. Discover why wood was so important for Bronze Age people here: https://bit.ly/2SjiAYJ

When London's largest Bronze Age hoard, the #HaveringHoard was unearthed in 2018, it was found that the majority of the tools found were axes. On closer inspection, this makes sense as axes played an important role in Bronze Age society. Axes were used to chop down wood (possibly the most important material during this period) for a range of uses and purposes. Discover why wood was so important for Bronze Age people here: https://bit.ly/2SjiAYJ

05/05/2021
Wednesday Walks: London's Lost Rivers - The Fleet pt.1

We're back with another edition of #WednesdayWalks and this time we're diving into our London's Lost Rivers series with the river Fleet.

The Fleet river was actually the largest, most navigable and (in our humble opinion) probably the most famous of the capital's rivers, it even runs under our new home in West Smithfield. Join Blue Badge Guide Julie Chandler in part 1 of our journey that sees us at St Pancras Old Church where the Fleet once flowed alongside.

04/05/2021
Dub London display trailer

'Dub, for the uninitiated is a music that is created in the studio'.

Initiate your Dub experience by visiting our Dub London display and explore the music's Jamaican reggae roots and learn how it has shaped communities over the last 50 years.

Book your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3nGE5hG

What may seem like just another everyday object or item, can actually reveal more about a person or society than you'd t...
01/05/2021
Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery | Museum of London Docklands

What may seem like just another everyday object or item, can actually reveal more about a person or society than you'd think. Take this incomplete double-sided razor for example. It's just a razor right? Well, during the Bronze Age razors were items that displayed status and were important in showing identity as men chose whether to be clean shaven or bearded.

Book your free ticket to our Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery exhibition to find out more about Bronze Age life: https://bit.ly/3aSkfei

Unearth the mystery of the largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered in London in our major exhibition.

Don't forget to tune in to our Rock Against Racism anniversary event this evening about new documentary Poly Styrene: I ...
30/04/2021

Don't forget to tune in to our Rock Against Racism anniversary event this evening about new documentary Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché hosted on Modern Films page.

The event brings together Celeste Bell: writer, director of the documentary and daughter of punk icon Poly Styrene. Celeste will be joined by Poly Styrene co-director and esteemed filmmaker Paul Sng, Mykaell Riley, singer-songwriter, producer and founding member of Steel Pulse and Stephanie Phillips, London-based arts & culture journalist who also works as part the Decolonise Fest collective.

Check out the event here: https://bit.ly/3aOUITc

Don't forget to tune in to our Rock Against Racism anniversary event this evening about new documentary Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché hosted on Modern Films page.

The event brings together Celeste Bell: writer, director of the documentary and daughter of punk icon Poly Styrene. Celeste will be joined by Poly Styrene co-director and esteemed filmmaker Paul Sng, Mykaell Riley, singer-songwriter, producer and founding member of Steel Pulse and Stephanie Phillips, London-based arts & culture journalist who also works as part the Decolonise Fest collective.

Check out the event here: https://bit.ly/3aOUITc

To say our medieval ancestors were resourceful would be an understatement. Using bone and glass, they were able to creat...
29/04/2021

To say our medieval ancestors were resourceful would be an understatement. Using bone and glass, they were able to create reading glasses, which proved to be in popular demand after the rise of printed books during the 15th century. The earliest reference of using a lens to enhance one's eyesight was made in 1268, by English friar Roger Bacon.

To see this #HiddenGem and many others book your free tickets to the museum here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

To say our medieval ancestors were resourceful would be an understatement. Using bone and glass, they were able to create reading glasses, which proved to be in popular demand after the rise of printed books during the 15th century. The earliest reference of using a lens to enhance one's eyesight was made in 1268, by English friar Roger Bacon.

To see this #HiddenGem and many others book your free tickets to the museum here: https://bit.ly/32SBx6Q

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Museum of London: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN Tube: Barbican, St Paul's and Moorgate Train: Liverpool Street and City Thameslink Bus: 4,8,25,56,100,172,242 and 521 Museum of London Docklands: 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL Tube: Canary Wharf DLR: West India Quay, Canary Wharf or Westferry Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135

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