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.
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.
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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Over the course of this academic year over 200 teachers and trainee teachers have attended our prehistory training as part of the London Schools Excellence Fund project, Prehistory in the Primary Classroom. Read the full post
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 post
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 post
We’ve long been fascinated by menswear at the Museum of London – last year we showed you how the three piece suit has its origins in the capital, and just recently we demonstrated how the history of tweed is woven into the fabric of tailoring in London. Read the full post
‘Pentonville Road: Looking Westwards’ by John O’Connor, like John Anderson’s ‘The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge and Abbey’ are gems of the late nineteenth century paintings collection. Read the full post
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 post