A Blogger in Residence for the Museum of London

By lucy inglis on 25 Aug 2010

Picture of Lucy InglisIt gives me great pleasure to post the first entry here as Blogger in Residence for the Museum of London. Having lived on the doorstep of the Museum of London for six years, it has always been a place to come to access London’s history in a matter of minutes, from a Romano-British child’s shoe, to a 17th century mummified cat, to a silver tankard commemorating the Great Fire, to a century-old black cab.  Over those years the Museum has moved from being a dark place filled with remarkable artifacts to a bright, interactive and welcoming space to learn more about the city.  It is an invaluable resource: somewhere that instantly enables me to feel at the centre of the City in both geography and time.

So, as I love nothing more than a good story and live next to a place simply spilling over with them, it seemed like the sensible thing for us to put our collective heads together and bring some of the Museum’s, and hence London’s people and objects to you on a regular basis.

There can be few greater statements of the Museum’s commitment and respect for London than the 17,000 skeletons of Londoners from pre-history to 1850 carefully interred in its brick rotunda, forming the Western edge of London Wall, the ancient boundary of the City.  The innovative new Modern Galleries reflect this commitment to bring the people of London’s past – the artisans, street performers, tourists, the pleasure garden and theatre-goers into the experience of today’s museum visitor.  As blogger for the Museum (the first ‘in residence’ for any museum in the world), it will be my aim to bring out the tales within the Museum and its huge collections.  I hope to spark debate on objects and their purpose, people, buildings and on how London has, and continues to grow and change.  Blogging is interactive and organic: involvement and comment is encouraged.  It is hoped the blog will create another way for visitors to enhance their enjoyment of the Museum of London and promote an awareness of its holdings and work outside the London Wall site.

One little known aspect of the Museum’s work is the Archaeology Department’s involvement on every earthworks within the City of London.  The quiet, industrious MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) is responsible for discovering and preserving the history hidden beneath the high-rises.  The blog will be bringing more of this fascinating and extensive work to light, which recently involved uncovering the theatre in Shoreditch where Romeo and Juliet was first performed, and whose timbers when dismantled were rowed across an icy Thames to build the original Globe.

And blogging for the Museum doesn’t mean I’ll just be sitting behind a screen: I’ll be donning everything from white coats to waders, looking at bones and boxes of treasure, and also taking photos and making podcasts.  The blog will be a chance to see behind the walls of this very special, very lively museum.  I hope you’ll join me – I think it’s going to be amazing.

10 thoughts on “A Blogger in Residence for the Museum of London

  1. Jan Jones says:

    Nice first post, Lucy!

    Museums are so important to us and this should really help connect the Museum of London with the digital age.

    Looking forward to reading what you have to say.

    PS – is there a prize for being the first to comment?

  2. TheophileEscargot says:

    Looks interesting! I’ve been reading your Georgian London blog for a while.

    Question: is there an RSS or Twitter feed just for your Museum of London blog? I can see one feed, but that seems to be for the whole site:

    http://feeds.feedburner.com/MuseumOfLondon

  3. Joan Mora says:

    Fascinating idea–how wonderful you’re the first museum blogger in the world.

    As a writer, I often research Georgian and Victorian London and just started reading your other blog. As I live in Texas and haven’t been to London in a few years, seeing online museum treasures will be great! I’m with TE–how do I get this on my reader?

    Best of luck…

  4. Rachael Barnwell says:

    What a fantastic concept. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this works :)

  5. Rita fraser says:

    Good luck ,will look forward to reading blog..

  6. Lucy Inglis says:

    Thanks lovelies!

    There is only one feed for the Museum of London blogs, and lots of interesting stuff from the Museum’s staff features there regularly.

    Hope to see you all on here again soon.

  7. David Brown says:

    I love your Georgian London feeds, and I’d very much like to see a feed of this blog (rather than all the blogs). The Museum has selected the best person I know for the ‘Blogger in Residence’ job.

  8. Lucy Inglis says:

    Thank you David!

  9. Alison Newbould says:

    Just been sent the link from your very proud mother!

    Fantastic first post :) I look forward to reading some interesting stuff in the future.

    Good luck!

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