Altruistic London: alms dishes to ice buckets

By ellen stuart on 29 Aug 2014

Alms dish

The viral video trend Ice Bucket Challenge, started in support of the US charity ASL, has taken the internet by storm this week. The Museum of London has not escaped, receiving a nomination to soak ourselves in ice water and make a donation to charity from our friends at Tower Bridge. As we braced ourselves we had a look back at some of the ways Londoners have raised money for charities in the past. Here’s just a few of them…

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Scanner’s Sounds of London

By scanner on 21 Aug 2014

INternational artist, Scanner

If you were to type ‘sounds of London’ into a search engine you’ll find references to traffic, trains, the Tube, in effect the hustle and bustle of an animated city like London as you might expect. Then pause for a moment and think about what Thomas Dekker wrote about London in 1606:

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The case of the missing Sherlock Holmes film

By andrew scott on 15 Aug 2014

James Bragington

Sherlock Holmes, the most famous fictional Londoner of all time, is also one of the most portrayed characters in film and television history. He has appeared onscreen for over a century, with the role assumed by countless actors – from William Gillette to Benedict Cumberbatch. As the Museum of London prepares for the largest temporary exhibition on the super sleuth for over sixty years, there remains a mystery unsolved regarding one such film. Read the full postRead the full post

Big, Tiny, Broken: Top 3 Animal Remains at the Archaeological Archive

By adam corsini on 13 Aug 2014

A lumbar vertebra from a whale found during excavations at Vintry (VRY89)From excavations at the Fleet Valley (VAL88)From excavations at Lower Warbank, Keston (LWB67)

We’re all just a bunch of animals sharing this space called Earth. And we have been for a very long time now. Vertebrates, invertebrates, molluscs and sponges, being created, living and dying in a continuous circle of life. We’ve got them all at the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive, from the very small to the shelf consuming. Here are three of our favourite examples of archaeological animal remains.

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The Great Dock Strike – 125 years on

By georgina young on 11 Aug 2014
Banner of the 'Amalgamated Stevedores Labour Protection league'

Banner of the ‘Amalgamated Stevedores Labour Protection league’


“The St. Lawrence is mere water. The Missouri muddy water. The Thames is liquid history.”  
So declared John Burns - a great advocate of London’s history – when asked to compare the Thames against those other great rivers in 1929. Forty years earlier in 1889 Burns had been a towering figurehead of the Great Dock Strike, thus sealing his own place in those murky waters. As the 125th anniversary of the strike approaches (14 August – 16 September) it feels an opportune moment to reflect on what this particular passage of liquid history might mean today.

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#MuseumCats in objects

By sarah madden, blog editor on 30 Jul 2014

anti-suffrage postcards

Today is #MuseumCats Day. ‘What does that mean?’ I hear you ask. Well, it means that museums all over the world are taking to social media to share their own feline inspired collection objects – because who doesn’t love a picture of a cat? From satirical, anti-suffrage cats to ornamental cats, to mummified cats, here’s what we found when we delved into the Museum of London’s collection… Read the full postRead the full post

Making Medieval Melodies: Top 3 archaeological musical instruments

By adam corsini on 16 Jul 2014

Medieval Key from BillingsgateJew's Harp from Custom HouseBone pipe from Thames Exchange

Tomorrow night our Archaeological Archive will be undergoing a Medieval musical makeover. We’re turning the lights down for torch lit tours of our stores, our curators have been tasked with talking about their top medieval artefacts and we’ve commissioned musicians to create modern medieval inspired melodies. Read the full postRead the full post