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 post
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 post
As the festival party season gets underway, our Archaeological Archive takes a look at some items concerning cuisine & dining throughout the ages 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
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 post
Today our latest free display ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ opened at the Museum of London. This small exhibition charts the creation and rise of Michael Bond’s charming character and even features the writer’s 1965 typewriter. Curator Hilary Young put together a twitter tour of the display for us, reproduced below! Read the full post
People are going crazy for our latest blockbuster exhibition, Sherlock: The Man Who Never Lived & Will Never Die. Over at the Archaeological Archive, we’ve delved into the boxes to find some of the objects in our collection that over the years have posed peculiar puzzles for archaeologists to figure out.
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 post