From bunnies to hot-cross buns: Top five Easter inspired objects

By sarah madden, blog editor on 19 Apr 2014

River egg

For many Londoners, this weekend is all about a sunny pub garden, parks and chocolate binges. However, not forgetting the reason behind the Bank Holiday, I’ve searched through the online collections to bring you a bitesize list of our top five Easter objects. Read the full postRead the full post

The joys of spring: London parks

By sarah madden, blog editor on 15 Apr 2014
An Evening Scene in Green Park: c. 1911 by James Hamilton Hay

An Evening Scene in Green Park: c. 1911 by James Hamilton Hay

Spring is sprung, and with an Easter bank holiday weekend around the corner this means one thing. A day in the park! With the city boasting around 25,000 acres of green, open spaces there’s a huge variety to choose from and as the following photographs and paintings from our collection show, Londoners have been enjoying them for hundreds of years…

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The Mo-bot and the London Marathon

By laura mitchell on 13 Apr 2014
Runners in the London Marathon running past the Cutty Sark, 1997

Runners in the London Marathon running past the Cutty Sark, 1997

Today, around 36,000 people will take to their trainers to battle the one and only London Marathon. One of the biggest fundraising events on the planet, this brutal 26.2 mile race-course takes in some of the capital city’s most stunning sights, from the Cutty Sark to the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge. And let’s not forget the mighty River Thames. Read the full postRead the full post

Emeralds of the Cheapside Hoard

By sarah madden, blog editor on 12 Apr 2014
Emerald aigrette

Emerald aigrette

Some of the most stunning pieces of the Cheapside Hoard are made from emeralds, all of which come from Colombia. Revered far and wide due to their rarity, the majority of emeralds were smuggled or traded secretly by gem merchants, ending up in cities like London to be set into delicate and beautiful jewellery like that found in the hoard. Read the full postRead the full post

WIN a real amethyst!

By sarah madden, blog editor on 8 Apr 2014
An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we're not giving this one away...

An amethyst ring, part of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition. Unfortunately we’re not giving this one away…

We can’t believe it – ‘The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels’ is almost over! To mark the closing few weeks of having these dazzling Tudor gems on display, we’ve teamed up with exhibition sponsor Gemfields for one last glittering giveaway. Read the full postRead the full post

Museum Book Club: A Companion Guide to the City of London

By peter matthews on 5 Apr 2014
A teacher reading to two pupils at the Rachel McMilllan College of Education, 1971 © Henry Grant

A teacher reading to two pupils at the Rachel McMilllan College of Education, 1971 © Henry Grant

Welcome to the first in a series of book reviews from staff at the Museum of London, who will be delving into the shop’s selection of fiction, non-fiction, art and reference! First up, the museum’s Book Buyer Peter Matthews looks at a companion to The City of London, edited by the Barbican’s Nicholas KenyonRead the full postRead the full post

Bomber Jackets

By beatrice behlen on 3 Apr 2014
Jim Rice, 1980

Jim Rice, British Movement, Welling, Kent, 1980 (© JIM RICE – WWW.LONDONPHOTO.CO.UK)
(The number bottom right is not part of the photo.)

A few weeks ago I found myself surrounded by fascists. I was on my way to the West End when at Tower Hill station a large group of French-speaking men with assorted girlfriends and wives (I presume) entered my tube carriage. Read the full postRead the full post