Celebrating Saturnalia

By meriel jeater on 12 Dec 2014

Roman motto beaker of black colour-coated ware

The Roman mid-winter festival of Saturnalia started on 17 December each year and lasted for seven days. In many ways the Roman festivities were similar to our modern Christmas traditions, featuring drinking, eating, decorating houses, present giving, singing and playing games. I wondered whether it would be possible to celebrate Saturnalia using objects from our Roman collections. I had a little hunt and here’s what I found… Read the full postRead the full post

Children and the Museum of London: Playtime for Under 5s

By cassandra tavares, family learning programme manager on 5 Dec 2014
Having fun in one of our ‘Messy Monday’ sessions at the Museum of London Docklands

Having fun in one of our ‘Messy Monday’ sessions at the Museum of London Docklands

Puddles are littered all over the floor and feathers float through the air. One toddler is cautiously playing with the toy boats in the paddling pool in front of him while a slightly younger child is trying to immerse herself in the water, head first. Small groups of toddlers are testing out the trays of water which are scattered around the room, each with an array of materials which can be experimented with in the water. It is Monday at the Museum of London Docklands, and one of our weekly ‘Little Mudlarks’ sessions for under 5s and their carers is in full swing. Read the full postRead the full post

Christmas in the City? It’s all here…

By annie duffield on 20 Nov 2014
Victorian Christmas Card: c.1890

Victorian Christmas card, c.1890 showing a girl skating on a pond

Planning a festive visit to the museum see our critically-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes exhibition? We’ve put our detective hats on to discover the best the City of London has to offer this Christmas to turn your cultural trip into a full festive experience in the heart of the city! Read the full postRead the full post

A haunted city

By faye kelly, visitor services manager on 7 Nov 2014


The people who live in this ever expanding metropolis walk busily from place to place, sometimes without so much as a passing thought for the environment they find themselves in. It’s particularly easy to do this within East London’s vibrant docklands. This modern area with its towering architecture is a financial centre for the city and home to a workforce of over 90,000 people. The once imposing warehouses of London’s past can easily go unnoticed by those hard at work in the surrounding towers. Read the full postRead the full post