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Take a look at our immersive Victorian Walk experience as it recreates the winding streets of 19th-century London. And g...
10/08/2020
Virtual museum tour: Victorian Walk | Museum of London

Take a look at our immersive Victorian Walk experience as it recreates the winding streets of 19th-century London. And guess what...? We've captured it in 3D for you to explore, along with some challenges for you to complete.

Can't visit us? Never fear! Explore our Victorian Walk gallery, with recreated historical streets and businesses, wherever you are – with challenges to do too – in this taster museum virtual tour.

07/08/2020
#LondonsFashionAlphabet: V - Vivienne Westwood

V in #LondonsFashionAlphabet is for the one, the only, Vivienne Westwood. A designer who carved a place for herself as the 'matriarch of punk fashion' in London and fought back against what she perceived as the iconoclasm of the 20th century fashion scene. Take a tour of some of the Westwood pieces that we proudly hold in our collection with Visitor Experience Host, Andrew Millar.

This is a ‘Penny Lick’ a simple ice cream holder. Early 19th century ice cream vendors in London often sold their ice cr...
06/08/2020

This is a ‘Penny Lick’ a simple ice cream holder. Early 19th century ice cream vendors in London often sold their ice creams in penny licks. They would fill the glass with a scoop of ice cream, the buyer would lick the cup clean and return it to the vendor who would give it a quick rinse in grubby water and serve the next customer. This practice sounds absolutely disgusting to us now, but at the time it was normal, perhaps because the link to the spread of diseases was less clear. However, in 1879 a paper in the Lancet medical journal blamed outbreaks of cholera on the reuse of glassware, saying that ‘For cleaning they are dipped into dirty water which contains the mouth secretions of previous buyers, swabbed with a small, wet offensive cloth and up-ended on a soiled barrow top’. Better knowledge about the spread of diseases in turn led to a law being passed in 1899, a mere 20 years later, banning penny licks.

Jannicke, Conservation Manager

06/08/2020
Hey London, today's the day!

Hey London, today's the day! We can't wait to welcome you back. Whether it's for a family day out down by the docks, or a quick lunchtime visit in the City, our doors are open. Find out about our safety measures and book free tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Xs6hZJ

My favourite diary is that of Frank Halden Macey (born in London in 1855), kept originally in 24 volumes between 1876 an...
05/08/2020

My favourite diary is that of Frank Halden Macey (born in London in 1855), kept originally in 24 volumes between 1876 and 1942. In its pages we learn that Mr Macey was interested in theatre, was also a keen cyclist and enjoyed painting quick watercolours when travelling around London. His diaries have dozens of examples of these, beautiful snapshots of life in the capital, from views of the river Thames and Hampstead village to many of the London parks and forests.

The diaries are also a window to Macey’s personal experiences in historical events: on the entry for 10 August 1940 he says: “…the future is still uncertain. The only things that is certain is that Britain will finish off Adolf Hitler one day.”

On the last entry of the diary dated 10 November 1942, he tells of his visit to London from St. Albans, where he moved in 1941. Macey finds London “like a city of the dead”, Liberty’s department store “stagnant as they could get nothing to sell”. This entry, a loose letter, was never bound in the existing volumes; Mr Macey died the following 10 March 1943 in St. Albans, aged 87. - Lluis, Librarian

04/08/2020
Wear a face mask when visiting

Following the recent government announcement, face coverings are now mandatory in all enclosed spaces in England, including museums and galleries. So if you’re planning on visiting our museums, remember you will need to wear a face covering upon entering both sites, unless otherwise exempt. Find out more about our other safety measures: https://bit.ly/2BSbUsI

We can't wait to welcome you back to our museums when we reopen on 6 August! From timed entry to hand sanitiser points, ...
01/08/2020

We can't wait to welcome you back to our museums when we reopen on 6 August! From timed entry to hand sanitiser points, find out more about what we're doing to make your visit safe: https://bit.ly/2XavB6A

As we come to the end of our Soundclash celebration, we are looking ahead to the opening of our Dub London display later...
31/07/2020

As we come to the end of our Soundclash celebration, we are looking ahead to the opening of our Dub London display later this year. Find out more and get a reminder when the exhibition opens: https://bit.ly/3hvbdEL

Spread joy at our award-nominated, interactive, intergenerational session which brings together children under five with...
31/07/2020

Spread joy at our award-nominated, interactive, intergenerational session which brings together children under five with those living with dementia.

Giggles, groovy moves, smiles and singing will be the order of the day! Register by emailing [email protected]

For today’s Soundclash offering, Curator of Photographs Jilke Golbach will be introducing iconic figures in the history ...
30/07/2020

For today’s Soundclash offering, Curator of Photographs Jilke Golbach will be introducing iconic figures in the history of dub and reggae as captured through the lens of celebrated London photographers. Read all about it: https://bit.ly/30cNCTz

This is a very important document for understanding the 'ordinary family' of Roman London and it's not on display in our...
30/07/2020

This is a very important document for understanding the 'ordinary family' of Roman London and it's not on display in our galleries at present.

The text reads (in translation): 'To the Gods of the Departed. Grata, daughter of Dagobitus, aged 40. Solinus had this made for his dear wife.'

The name 'Dagobitus' is a Latinised form of a 'British' name: in other words, Grata was not an immigrant from overseas but from a family that had probably been in Britain for centuries before the Roman conquest. 'Grata', on the other hand, is a very ordinary Latin name meaning 'pleasing' or 'dear': 'Cara' or 'Cherie' might be a modern equivalent. So it's a reasonable guess that Dagobitus gave his daughter a 'modern-sounding' name to suit his 'making good' in Londinium. 'Solinus' is unusual. There's only one other known from Roman Britain: a tile-maker from Binchester, County Durham, which perhaps gives a clue as to the sort of occupation Grata's husband had. It's important to recognise that these people were not full Roman citizens. But they weren't enslaved or freed-persons either. They were free-born people who spoke Latin and had enough money to commission a gravestone.

We can conjecture that Solinus and Grata had been married for well over 20 years, and that she died at what, in those days, would have been a reasonable age of 40. Sadly we don't know if they had children, even grandchildren. Offspring wouldn't necessarily have been listed on a gravestone such as this, which perhaps at root reflects the fact that this was a strongly patriarchal society. - Francis, Curator

29/07/2020
Tippa Irie interview

We are into the second week of our Soundclash celebration!

Today we join Cedar Lewisohn, curator of Dub London, for an in-depth interview with MC and DJ Tippa Irie. Discover his life and story as a prominent MC within the London sound system scene in the 80s and 90s.

Visit our website for more dub content: https://bit.ly/DubHub1

28/07/2020
Recording London Soundscapes, Past & Present

The first ever recorded soundscape of London was captured in September 1928 as part of a campaign led by the Daily Mail calling for noise restrictions on London's increasingly loud streets.

Now, almost 100 years later, as part of the Museum of London’s ongoing #CollectingCOVID project, the same five locations were re-captured in collaboration with String and Tins to record London in lockdown.

Discover the full recordings, historic and modern, available for the very first time on our website here: https://bit.ly/LondonSoundscape1

Hello London lovers! We've loved all your submissions for our Great Fire of London activities. Catch up on our Great Fir...
27/07/2020

Hello London lovers! We've loved all your submissions for our Great Fire of London activities. Catch up on our Great Fire of London live streams and join in here: https://bit.ly/3eZcfaA

If you've already watched, we'd love your feedback so we can make them even bigger and better in the future. Fill out our quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDVLDZ6

27/07/2020
Windrush Conversations: Identity

What did Britain look like to the people who came over from the Caribbean after 1948? As part of our Soundclash celebration, listen to the voices of the Windrush generation and their decendants as they share their stories in our Listening to London project. Listen to the full collection: https://bit.ly/3g3TVi1

Discover more about medieval embroidery techniques and learn how to stitch your own Tudor rose, taking inspiration from ...
26/07/2020

Discover more about medieval embroidery techniques and learn how to stitch your own Tudor rose, taking inspiration from this 1577 beautifully embroidered Bible, said to have been to be crafted by Queen Elizabeth I’s own hand, in our latest Discover article: https://bit.ly/2CW3Ebu

Dockers loved to tell stories! See if you can tell a tale like a docker with this storytelling game. Place lots of diffe...
25/07/2020

Dockers loved to tell stories! See if you can tell a tale like a docker with this storytelling game. Place lots of different items into a large bag, then close your eyes and pull out five at random. See if you can tell a tale where you mention every single item. #MuseumofFundon

24/07/2020
London's Reggae Roots

Hear from some of the stalwarts of the London scene as they share their stories of how reggae has shaped their experience of the city, and watch new and unseen footage from Island Records and Tuff Gong that explores reggae icon Bob Marley's time in London in the 70s.

As part of a year-long celebration marking the anniversary of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, Island Records and Tuff Gong will be releasing a special documentary on Bob Marley’s time in London in the 70s. Head over to the Bob Marley Youtube channel to watch the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/c/BobMarley #Marley75

Find out more about our upcoming Dub London display: https://bit.ly/2ZTEseM

Discover our more Dub content: https://bit.ly/2BprADz

Join us here on Facebook at 7pm tonight as we delve into London's reggae roots. Hear stories from some of the stalwarts ...
24/07/2020

Join us here on Facebook at 7pm tonight as we delve into London's reggae roots. Hear stories from some of the stalwarts of the London scene and watch new footage from Island Records and Tuff Gong that explores reggae icon Bob Marley's time in London. #Marley75

📸: Adrian Boot

23/07/2020

"In a dub version... anything could happen"

It's day four of our Soundclash celebration, and we are delving into what makes dub...dub. Join producer Mad Professor as he shows us what it takes to make a dub record.

23/07/2020
Making Dub with Mad Professor

"In a dub version... anything could happen"

It's day four of our Soundclash celebration, and we are delving into what makes dub... dub. Join producer Mad Professor as he shows us what it takes to make a dub record.

Our Soundclash celebration continues with a peek into our Dub London display curator Cedar Lewisohn's personal record co...
22/07/2020

Our Soundclash celebration continues with a peek into our Dub London display curator Cedar Lewisohn's personal record collection. He has picked 10 of his favourite records that give us an insight into the story of Dub London. Has he missed some? Let us know your favourites in the comments: https://bit.ly/2ZNah8T

📸: Cedar Lewisohn in front of Channel One sound system © Eddie Otchere

21/07/2020
Inside London's Record Stores

For day two of our Soundclash celebration, take a look inside London's reggae record shops in this video, and meet the owners as they share some of their favourite records that tell the story of dub and reggae in London. Discover more at our Dub Hub: https://bit.ly/2OG6ljU

20/07/2020
Great Fire of London live stream part 3: How it changed London

Join us on Monday 20 July for the final part of our families Great Fire of London live stream and learn about how the fire changed London. Get your questions ready for a live Q&A with our curator Meriel!

🚨🚨 Our Great Fire live streams are totally free and we never ask for card details to watch, please do NOT enter your card details in order to watch. 🚨🚨

Our Soundclash celebration starts today! Meet Dub London curator Cedar Lewisohn as he talks about capturing a sound, a c...
20/07/2020

Our Soundclash celebration starts today! Meet Dub London curator Cedar Lewisohn as he talks about capturing a sound, a culture and an experience. He also tackles the tricky task of defining dub, can you?

Read on! https://bit.ly/32FthrJ

19/07/2020
Big Fish Little Fish x Museum of London Docklands DJ Barry Ashworth pirate family kitchen rave 19 July 2020

Big Fish Little Fish x Museum of London Docklands DJ Barry Ashworth pirate family kitchen rave 19 July 2020

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Shiver me timbers!!!! A free 'Swashbucklers & High Seas' themed live stream family rave with Big Fish Little Fish and DJ Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) for Museum for London Docklands!

Sunday 19th July at 2pm via Facebook Live/YouTube/Twitch/Mixcloud. Grab a tot of rum and a pirate hat and join the over 400k families who have already danced with us us online. Together on the (virtual) dancefloor. Rave on!

19/07/2020
The Cockpit Step: Uptown Talks

London has many peculiar street names, but looking at most of them more closely will usually give away their secrets. One of these streets is the small little alleyway Cockpit Steps. Tune in to this episode of Uptown Talks to find out how this street got its name.

For more content like this, sign up to become a Friend of the museum: https://bit.ly/2W06x1G

18/07/2020

Can you imagine the River Thames freezing over? Back in the 1800s it sometimes did, and Londoners would hold Frost Fairs – markets full of games, food and ice skating. Have a go at drawing your own Frost Fair. What would you have done on the ice? #MuseumofFundon

17/07/2020
The Krios of Sierra Leone

Book your free tickets now to visit the Museum of London Docklands, where the Krios of Sierra Leone display has been extended until 14 March 2021. Learn about the the architecture, language, lifestyle and traditions of the Krio community. https://bit.ly/3jfNM3Y

17/07/2020
Virtual family rave: Swashbucklers & High Seas

Don't forget we're going to be virtually ravin' it up this Sunday at 2pm on Facebook with our mateys Big Fish Little Fish. This virtual family rave: Swashbucklers & High Seas, is not to be missed.
https://bit.ly/2ZxFnRF

Get your perfect pirate headwear sorted ahead of time with this handy video from the one, the only, Captain Cookie!

Teachers! We’re excited to share our plans for reconnecting with you this autumn term.We’ll be bringing London’s stories...
17/07/2020

Teachers! We’re excited to share our plans for reconnecting with you this autumn term.

We’ll be bringing London’s stories to schools by:

• Providing online resources from our collections and curators

• Running live streams to reach classrooms and homes

• Bringing sessions into schools

• Supporting visits to our sites where possible

We need to hear what suits you best! Help us plan by completing this expression of interest form. https://bit.ly/3fBTpY9

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16/07/2020

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Debating whether to stay or go now when we re-open on 6 August? Our The Clash display will be extended until 6 September...
16/07/2020

Debating whether to stay or go now when we re-open on 6 August? Our The Clash display will be extended until 6 September. Book tickets now 🎸: https://bit.ly/3eDd6gN.

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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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