The Crime Museum Uncovered Reception

By blogadmin on 9 Oct 2015

On Thursday 8 October we welcomed guests to the private view of The Crime Museum Uncovered. The evening was opened by author and journalist Tony Parsons with speeches given by Sharon Ament, Director of The Museum of London, Clive Bannister, Chairman of The Museum of London and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Helen Bailey, COO of MOPAC.

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An introduction to Christina Broom

By anna sparham on 19 Jun 2015

In 1903, Christina Broom – Mrs Albert Broom, to use her professional name – propelled herself into the field of photography as a business venture to support her family. Rising from self-taught novice to a semi-official photographer for the Household Brigade, she emerged as a pioneer for women press photographers in the UK.

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International Archives Day 2015 #IAD15

By sarah madden, blog editor on 9 Jun 2015


Archive Shoebox  (tweet 2)

Archive Shoebox  (tweet 1)

What will you discover within the archive boxes?

 Today is International Archives Day! Though you might not know it, the Museum of London is home to several archives. Each contains a section of our mass of collections – stored for research and future displays. Much of it is stored inside quite plain looking boxes like this one, but looks can be deceiving…
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Another look at the London 2012 Cauldron…

By dominika erazmus on 19 Jan 2015

London Look Again artwork

This month you may see ‘London Look Again’ ads springing up across the rail network – and the keen eyed among you might notice that the artwork features some of the museum’s collections. We thought we’d look again at one item in particular – a copper petal from the London 2012 cauldron – and uncover other Olympic gems in the collection. Read the full postRead the full post

Who’s the best Holmes? Who’s the best Watson?

By sarah madden, blog editor on 19 Jan 2015

Many actors have taken on the iconic roles of Holmes and Watson, but who did it best? This January and February, we’re inviting Sherlockians to join in the debate and state their case. So, who’s your favourite?

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The Silvertown Disaster of 1917

By sarah madden, blog editor on 12 Jan 2015
A landscape after the Silvertown explosion, 25 January 1917 Silver gelatin print John Henry Avery,

A landscape after the Silvertown explosion by
John Henry Avery

It’s the biggest single explosion to have ever taken place on London soil, but the story of 1917’s Silvertown disaster is relatively unknown. Here Museum of London Docklands Curator, Georgina Young, uses maps and images from the Port of London Authority Archive to delve a little deeper into the unfortunate event, which claimed the lives of 73 local people and injured over 400. Read the full postRead the full post

The Sound of Sherlock

By bert coules, former BBC radio producer-director on 22 Oct 2014

Clive Merrison and Michael Williams in ‘His Last Bow’

I first met the doctor and the detective on the BBC airwaves in the late 1950s. I was around ten years old and I still recall the thrill of the wonderfully contrasted voices of Norman Shelley as the affable port-and-cigars storyteller and Carleton Hobbs as the ever-civilised, unflappable sleuth. Rather too civilised and unflappable for my tastes now, but every Sherlock is a reflection of the times he appears in and those were very different days. Read the full postRead the full post