New to London? Here for business or perhaps a little shopping? Looking for a specific building? These days we might use the internet or our smartphones to find the right places and navigate around the city, technology of which the Victorian visitor to London could only dream. Read the full post
Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute’s Library and Archives Manager, gives us a rundown of some of his favourite images and street photographers discussed in a new event series East End in Focus. Inspired by pictures taken by C. A. Mathew over a hundred years ago, these images shine a light on the streets and people of Spitalfields and the surrounding area. Read the full post
Recently there has been an exciting new addition to the Museum of London’s fantastic pilgrim souvenir collection: a badge from the shrine of the Holy Blood at Gottsbüren in Germany, which was found on the Thames foreshore at Three Cranes Wharf. Very few pilgrim souvenirs from this shrine have been found in London, though more have been found on the continent in places like the Low Countries, Germany and Scandinavia.
Ha-haaaaaaar! This year London is about to be invaded by the Vikings again, though this time they’ll be in the safe confines of the British Museum and hopefully their London experience will be a little less eventful than before! From the 800s to the 1000s London was periodically attacked by Viking raiders, mainly from modern-day Denmark, and evidence of these raids can still be found at the Museum of London. Read the full post
As the first female MP for Walthamstow and a regular campaigner for equality and women’s rights, Stella Creasy was amazed when she was handed a photograph from the Museum of London’s collection, showing what appeared to be a procession of suffragettes marching down Cedar’s Avenue in E17.
In my previous blog, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville and his wily ways at expanding his land and power during the 1140’s. We last left the story with both King Stephen and Empress Matilda having granting him permission to build a new castle anywhere he liked on his land, land that stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Read the full post
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed two big, green, crawling new additions to the Museum of London’s iconic rotunda. Measuring 10 metres across, these reptilian beasts represent one of the most delicate and exquisite pieces of jewellery found in the Cheapside Hoard – a golden brooch, set with Columbian emeralds and Indian diamonds and speckled with intricately painted enamel. Read the full post