All that Glitters at the Archaeological Archive

By adam corsini on 17 Sep 2014

From Billingsgate excavations 1983From Royal Mint excavations 1986From Grimes' 1949 Fortgate excavations

Being an archaeologist sometimes comes attached with this idealised image of treasure hunting; we’re meant to find gold aren’t we? Well, the reality is that most of the time we’re just shifting soil and recording lines in the earth. However, not today! Because today is all about those rare instances when shiny stuff pops up and you get a little excited. Read the full postRead the full post

Rhinestones and Nylon Net

By beatrice behlen on 9 Sep 2014

Dance Dress, 1962

Ever since watching The King and I (1956 version) at a very impressionable age, I have been rather fond of dancing (and crinolines – but that’s another story). My grandmothers and I spent many happy hours marvelling at the clothes, hairstyles and make-up of the participants in the World Championships broadcast on television. Read the full postRead the full post

Our Great Fire of London model celebrates its 100th birthday!

By meriel jeater on 2 Sep 2014


One of the most popular exhibits in the Museum of London is the model of the Great Fire of London. It’s something that people often ask me about, even if they haven’t visited the Museum for many years – they want to know whether we still have it on display as it was one of the most memorable aspects of their visit. Few people realise that the model could be viewed as an artefact in its own right as it is so old. In fact, it is 100 years old this year! Read the full postRead the full post

Altruistic London: alms dishes to ice buckets

By ellen stuart on 29 Aug 2014

Alms dish

The viral video trend Ice Bucket Challenge, started in support of the US charity ASL, has taken the internet by storm this week. The Museum of London has not escaped, receiving a nomination to soak ourselves in ice water and make a donation to charity from our friends at Tower Bridge. As we braced ourselves we had a look back at some of the ways Londoners have raised money for charities in the past. Here’s just a few of them…

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Scanner’s Sounds of London

By scanner on 21 Aug 2014

INternational artist, Scanner

If you were to type ‘sounds of London’ into a search engine you’ll find references to traffic, trains, the Tube, in effect the hustle and bustle of an animated city like London as you might expect. Then pause for a moment and think about what Thomas Dekker wrote about London in 1606:

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The case of the missing Sherlock Holmes film

By andrew scott on 15 Aug 2014

James Bragington

Sherlock Holmes, the most famous fictional Londoner of all time, is also one of the most portrayed characters in film and television history. He has appeared onscreen for over a century, with the role assumed by countless actors – from William Gillette to Benedict Cumberbatch. As the Museum of London prepares for the largest temporary exhibition on the super sleuth for over sixty years, there remains a mystery unsolved regarding one such film. Read the full postRead the full post

Big, Tiny, Broken: Top 3 Animal Remains at the Archaeological Archive

By adam corsini on 13 Aug 2014

A lumbar vertebra from a whale found during excavations at Vintry (VRY89)From excavations at the Fleet Valley (VAL88)From excavations at Lower Warbank, Keston (LWB67)

We’re all just a bunch of animals sharing this space called Earth. And we have been for a very long time now. Vertebrates, invertebrates, molluscs and sponges, being created, living and dying in a continuous circle of life. We’ve got them all at the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive, from the very small to the shelf consuming. Here are three of our favourite examples of archaeological animal remains.

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