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21/02/2021
LGBTQ+ history month: The Labrys

This #LGBTHM21 we've teamed up with LGBTQI Heritage Curator & Educator, Claire Mead, to tell us the powerful history of the labrys, a double-headed axe, how it's connected to goddesses and warrior women and how it became a lesbian feminist symbol. Watch to learn more.

This half term why not travel back in time to Victorian London and enjoy our immersive trail created with @TD4LP. Discov...
20/02/2021

This half term why not travel back in time to Victorian London and enjoy our immersive trail created with @TD4LP. Discover what it was like to work on the docks, meet some spooky spirits and play some parlour games all with a festive twist: https://bit.ly/3udzCpB

19/02/2021
What's folklore got to do with it? Episode 2: Unicorns

Lions and tigers and...unicorns? We're back with another episode of 'What's folklore got to do with it?' with Sacha Coward as part of #LGBTQHM21, and this week, it's all about unicorns. This video series explores mythical creatures and their connection to the queer community, inspired by objects from the museum's collection. So what is the unicorn's connection to the LGBTQ+ community? Watch to find out more.

Peter Ackroyd's 'Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the present day', follows the journey of London's queer commu...
18/02/2021

Peter Ackroyd's 'Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the present day', follows the journey of London's queer community to an era of openness and tolerance, celebrating the pride and reminding us of prejudice along the way. Grab yourself a copy and discover more #LGBTQ+ literature from our online shop here: https://bit.ly/3apRQwr

We’re still in lockdown and missing the vibrancy of London’s nightlife! So we’ve taken this time to reflect on how Londo...
17/02/2021
Remembering London's LGBTQ+ nightlife

We’re still in lockdown and missing the vibrancy of London’s nightlife! So we’ve taken this time to reflect on how London’s #LGBTQ+ nightlife has changed over time and how we might remember it in the midst of lockdown 3. Queen Mary University of London students from Quest Radio have delved into our oral histories collection to bring you snippets from London's clubbing scene - from the first visit to Heaven, to today's alternative drag scene. Take a listen: https://bit.ly/3s0cMjy

Remember going out? Listen to these oral histories to re-live London's queer nightlife.

This ceremonial chain was created by Councillor Philip Normal, Mayor of Lambeth, for his virtual appointment on 22 April...
17/02/2021

This ceremonial chain was created by Councillor Philip Normal, Mayor of Lambeth, for his virtual appointment on 22 April 2020 during the first national lockdown. It is made out of card and plaited t-shirt fabric and displays Lambeth’s coat of arms.

We are thrilled to share that it is the latest addition to our collection as part of our ongoing #CollectingCOVID project.

Councillor Normal is well known as a LGBTQ+ activist, ambassador for HIV awareness and owner of a popular shop in Brixton Village. He is now the first openly HIV+ Mayor in the UK.

When daguerreotypes, a photographic image taken on a silvered copper plate, were first invented it was believed by some ...
16/02/2021
Royal style dissected | Museum of London

When daguerreotypes, a photographic image taken on a silvered copper plate, were first invented it was believed by some that the photographic portraits would only catch on with the 'already beautiful'. Luckily for us Queen Victoria either deemed herself as an 'already beautiful' or simply did not care. Either way, we're able to use photos like this to dissect her fashion choices and life #VictorianVogue. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3pnDoJp

We investigate Victorian fashion through close-ups of the queen herself

Join us on 19th February, from the comfort of your home, at our 'Poems, plays and politics: queer lives in the ancient w...
15/02/2021
Poems, plays and politics: queer lives in the ancient world

Join us on 19th February, from the comfort of your home, at our 'Poems, plays and politics: queer lives in the ancient world' event. We'll be exploring how the politics of passion and power were played out in the realms of literature and performance, and how scholarship and interpretation have influenced how we understand these relationships today. The panel will be with Prof. Jennifer Ingleheart, Dr. David Bullen and performance artist and poet, Paula Varjack. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3ab4Qpw

Join the Museum of London online for an evening extravaganza

There's a whole load of free online activities launching today as part of our #LunarNewYear celebrations. Hear what it t...
13/02/2021

There's a whole load of free online activities launching today as part of our #LunarNewYear celebrations. Hear what it takes to be a lion dance performer, get moving at home with a Tai Chi workshop and learn how to say the 12 Zodiac animals in Mandarin Chinese through a story-led adventure. Full event here: https://bit.ly/3jIXOLK

12/02/2021
Lunar New Year festival

Happy #LunarNewYear everyone! We're welcoming in the year of the Ox this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of online family fun. Celebrate with us this weekend with live and pre-recorded events, the full programme can be found here: https://bit.ly/3p7h8DI

We've put together a resource pack to help teach your kids or students about London's queer history. Our five key object...
12/02/2021

We've put together a resource pack to help teach your kids or students about London's queer history. Our five key objects, chosen from Roman Londinium and the medieval period, to Victorian London and the Suffragettes, will take them on an engaging journey through London's #LGBTQ+ history. Download them for free here: https://bit.ly/39Ot48T

11/02/2021
What's folklore got to do with it? Episode 1: Faeries

This #LGBTHM21 we're working with #MuseumFromHome legend and #LGBTQ+ historian Sacha Coward to bring you a series of videos we're calling 'What's folklore got to do with it?' The series is about mythical creatures and their connection to the queer community, inspired by objects from our collection. This first episode is about faeries, watch to discover more.

10/02/2021
Wednesday Walks - World Docks tour: episode 6

Last stop! This week's final #WednesdayWalks stop on our World Docks: the untold stories tour with author and historian, Steve Martin is West India House. Now flats, this building used to be the "old strangers home for Asiatic, Africans and South Sea Islanders" and was opened specifically to house minority mariners and seamen. This led to the increase in the population of minorities living in areas like Limehouse, Commercial Road, Canning Town and Poplar. If you missed an episode, fear not, the whole series can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Lr48uO

Do you see yourself as more of a caring conservator or mythical metalworker? Well, there's only one way to find out. Dis...
09/02/2021
Quiz: who would you be in Bronze Age history?

Do you see yourself as more of a caring conservator or mythical metalworker? Well, there's only one way to find out. Discover whether you're a match made for the Bronze Age or if modern dwelling is more your style with our #HaveringHoard inspired quiz: https://bit.ly/3oRjpTo

Discover whether you'd have been a Bronze Age settler making history or a modern day dweller discovering it in a new quiz, inspired by the Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been a cultural icon within London's queer history since the nineteenth century. Built bet...
08/02/2021
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern: charting an iconic LGBTQ venue

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been a cultural icon within London's queer history since the nineteenth century. Built between 1860 and 1862, on the southwest corner of the former Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the Tavern became known as a gay venue by the time of the Second World War. From then it began to host drag shows by well-known artists, including Lilly Savage. Discover more about the history of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this #LGBTHM21 here: https://bit.ly/3cNGqnF

A two-metre wide hand-drawn map shows the queer history of South London.

During the 19th century, getting dressed and having your hair done could be a lengthy affair. Wealthy women would have w...
07/02/2021

During the 19th century, getting dressed and having your hair done could be a lengthy affair. Wealthy women would have worn a dressing gown over their underwear until it was time to get dressed properly. This example is believed to have been worn by Queen Victoria. It is made of very fine muslin and decorated with ‘broderie anglaise’, French for English embroidery, a form of ‘whitework’, needlework executed in white thread #VictorianVogue

06/02/2021
#LondonsQueerObjects: Saint Wilgefortis

Do you remember our #LondonsQueerObjects digital tour? Well now you can watch them all again on our #LGBTHM21 webpage. In this episode we're in the museum's Medieval gallery and metal store. Join Andrew as he explains why a medieval pilgrim badge of Jesus Christ was, until recently, mistaken for a female saint, once celebrated for breaching the closely followed idea of the gender binary in medieval Europe. https://bit.ly/39R919Z

We're celebrating #LunarNewYear this year with a weekend-long extravaganza of family friendly online events, workshops a...
05/02/2021
Lunar New Year virtual festival: 11-14 February 2021 | Museum of London Docklands

We're celebrating #LunarNewYear this year with a weekend-long extravaganza of family friendly online events, workshops and films. Lunar New Year is celebrated across many countries and territories in Asia and is a time for new beginnings, with the three overarching themes being fortune, happiness and health. Find out more about the event here: https://bit.ly/3tr4D9h

We're putting on an exciting programme of virtual events to celebrate Lunar New Year 2021. Join us!

Until the late 70s, early 80s, being out and proud was inconceivable. For most, if not all of London's history those bel...
04/02/2021
Hidden Pride: Discover London's LGBT history | Museum of London

Until the late 70s, early 80s, being out and proud was inconceivable. For most, if not all of London's history those belonging to the #LGBTQ+ community have had to lead a double life, hiding who they really are for fear of persecution or censorship. Discover the centuries long fight towards acceptance, recognition and equal rights through our collection of signs and symbols here: https://bit.ly/36hteDy

Looking through our collection for signs of the long struggle for gay rights.

03/02/2021
Wednesday Walks - World Docks tour: episode 5

The penultimate stop on our #WednesdayWalks World Docks: the untold stories tour with author and historian, Steve Martin, takes us to 680 Commercial Road. What's so special about this location, you ask? Well, this is the site of a 3 hour battle which took place on 16th May 1919 between local interests and Black sailors. Watch to find out more.

Writing tablets discovered during recent digs in London show that society here was organised in much the same way as in ...
02/02/2021
Were the Romans gay? LGBTQ Londinium

Writing tablets discovered during recent digs in London show that society here was organised in much the same way as in Rome itself, for at least the first century of the city’s existence. Especially when it came to relationships, with same-sex love being as common in London as it was in Roman society. Discover more about the city's #LBGTQ+ history this #LGBTQHM21 at: https://bit.ly/36e2aFa

Recent Roman scholarship reveals same-sex love in Roman London.

This month is LGBTQ+ history month and we're excited to be telling London's queer history through a range of stories fro...
01/02/2021
LGBTQ+ History Month

This month is LGBTQ+ history month and we're excited to be telling London's queer history through a range of stories from our rich collection, online events, videos and articles. Check out our #LGBTHM webpage where new content will be uploaded throughout the month: https://bit.ly/3j2RK0x

Mark LGBT History Month at the Museum of London with talks, videos and articles.

As you can see from this x-ray of an axe head from the #HaveringHoard things aren't always as they seem. On closer inspe...
30/01/2021

As you can see from this x-ray of an axe head from the #HaveringHoard things aren't always as they seem. On closer inspection we've identified what we've termed as 'mini hoards', where objects are placed inside the sockets of axes and spears. So, what we thought was a find of 453 objects is actually much more. Though it's difficult to determine just how many pieces are inside these axe and spear heads and so the actual size of the hoard remains unknown.

Back in 2016 the curator of our #HaveringHoard exhibition, Kate Sumnall, was handed a Victoria Cross medal. Found on the...
29/01/2021
The mystery of the Thames Victoria Cross | Museum of London

Back in 2016 the curator of our #HaveringHoard exhibition, Kate Sumnall, was handed a Victoria Cross medal. Found on the Thames foreshore, the medal raised a lot of questions, such as who earned this medal? And how did it come to be in the Thames in the first place? Learn more about our findings here: https://bit.ly/364dT9o

How did a Victoria Cross medal end up in the River Thames?

This dress is believed to have been worn by Queen Victoria during her state entry into Paris in August 1855. The silk is...
28/01/2021

This dress is believed to have been worn by Queen Victoria during her state entry into Paris in August 1855. The silk is most likely to have been manufactured in France in honour of the host nation. If you look really close (that's right pinch and zoom), can you see that the flower pattern has a slightly blurred effect? This suggests that the warp of the silk, the yarn going lengthwise onto the loom, was printed before weaving. The decorative ribbons were made in the same way #VictorianVogue

27/01/2021
Wednesday Walks - World Docks tour: episode 4

We've arrived at the fourth stop for #WednesdayWalks and our World Docks: the untold stories tour with author and historian Steve Martin, who has been retracing the stories of some of the Black seamen and their families who made east London their home. This week we're at St Anne's Church, Limehouse. Thanks to a record of baptisms, births and deaths held by the church, we're able to get a snapshot view of the forgotten Black people, specifically mariners, who would have lived in this area during the 18th and 19th century.

Still on a #Bridgerton binge? Then you’re in for a treat. Thanks to a bored young wine-seller, you can find out what an ...
25/01/2021
Victorian doodles: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens | Museum of London

Still on a #Bridgerton binge? Then you’re in for a treat. Thanks to a bored young wine-seller, you can find out what an evening at one of London's Pleasure Gardens was really like. The doodles, jokes and cartoons found in the ledger (owned by said wine-seller) tells us a lot about Victorian life. Discover more here: https://bit.ly/2LQGwjn

An unassuming account book hides cartoons and jokes from bored Victorian youngsters.

For this #VictorianVogue we see this painting by C. Wells that records the meeting between the royal family and Thomas Y...
24/01/2021

For this #VictorianVogue we see this painting by C. Wells that records the meeting between the royal family and Thomas Younghusband at Crystal Palace in Sydenham.

Younghusband had been the main caterer during the Great Exhibition and helped organise the move of the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to its new location in south London.

We are not sure whether Queen Victoria actually wore a pink silk dress on this occasion, or whether the painter used artistic license. What we do know is that the encounter took place pre-crinoline days, when the Queen’s skirt would have been held out by a number of petticoats instead.

As photographs and surviving examples demonstrate, Queen Victoria was partial to a fancy bonnet. This beautiful headdres...
22/01/2021

As photographs and surviving examples demonstrate, Queen Victoria was partial to a fancy bonnet. This beautiful headdress was made of white plaited horsehair braid, lined with crape and net, and decorated with red velvet inside the brim. Covering the back and forming lappets on either side is a shaped piece of Honiton lace. Most striking are the long ribbons made of raspberry red watered silk #VictorianVogue

21/01/2021
Dub Diaries - Papa Face

Say hello to #DubDiaries - a collection of mini-interviews from patrons of #DubReggae. Meet Papa Face, a Dub reggae artist who gives us an insight on what inspired him to create that Dub sound and why Dub is so important to society.

20/01/2021
Wednesday Walks - World Docks tour: episode 3

Our third stop for #WednesdayWalks on the World Docks: the untold stories tour sees us at University Schools Trust UST House, Limehouse Causeway. Did you know that this area was actually London's original Chinatown and is the oldest in the British Isles outside of Liverpool?

Connect and Collect the sound of Dub in the comfort of your own home with SMARTIFY. We don't want you to miss out becaus...
19/01/2021

Connect and Collect the sound of Dub in the comfort of your own home with SMARTIFY. We don't want you to miss out because our doors are closed. So now you can immerse yourself in the #DubLondon display with your feet up, all you need to do is provide the tech and we will cover the rest. https://bit.ly/2XFF8m2

Pleasure Gardens allowed Georgian and Victorian Londoners to let loose and were places of glamour, delight – and even da...
18/01/2021

Pleasure Gardens allowed Georgian and Victorian Londoners to let loose and were places of glamour, delight – and even danger. Inspired by our Pleasure Gardens display, we have an exclusive collection of items available to purchase from our online shop. Full collection here: https://bit.ly/3bGDvMW

We're back with another #VictorianVogue. During the 19th century hand-coloured souvenir plates such as this, would have ...
17/01/2021

We're back with another #VictorianVogue. During the 19th century hand-coloured souvenir plates such as this, would have been sold plain for colouring and tinselling at home. As you can see, this example has been engraved with a portrait of Queen Victoria on horseback as she appeared at a review of her troops.

The Queen is shown in a beautiful outfit appropriate for riding side saddle. Riding suits for women were often made by men’s tailors as their construction required tailoring skills.

One of the burning #HaveringHoard questions we have is who exactly did it all belong to? Well, when looking at the major...
16/01/2021

One of the burning #HaveringHoard questions we have is who exactly did it all belong to?

Well, when looking at the majority of the objects found in the hoards, such as the ingots and casting waste, we can surmise that these were the items of a metalworker. However, as the hoard didn't contain any of the equipment needed (like crucibles and casts) to make the axe heads and swords found, it is difficult to definitely confirm that this is the case.

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