Pilgrimage to Gottsbüren: New pilgrim badge in the collection!

By meriel jeater on 10 Mar 2014

pilgrim-badges

Recently there has been an exciting new addition to the Museum of London’s fantastic pilgrim souvenir collection: a badge from the shrine of the Holy Blood at Gottsbüren in Germany, which was found on the Thames foreshore at Three Cranes Wharf. Very few pilgrim souvenirs from this shrine have been found in London, though more have been found on the continent in places like the Low Countries, Germany and Scandinavia.

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Invaded by Vikings!

By jackie keily on 9 Mar 2014
Selection of Viking weapons: 11th century

Some of the Viking battle axes and spears found near London Bridge in the 1920s on display in the Museum of London’s Medieval London gallery.

Ha-haaaaaaar! This year London is about to be invaded by the Vikings again, though this time they’ll be in the safe confines of the British Museum and hopefully their London experience will be a little less eventful than before! From the 800s to the 1000s London was periodically attacked by Viking raiders, mainly from modern-day Denmark, and evidence of these raids can still be found at the Museum of London. Read the full postRead the full post

Walthamstow’s Wonderful Women: An interview with Stella Creasy

By sarah madden, blog editor on 7 Mar 2014
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

As the first female MP for Walthamstow and a regular campaigner for equality and women’s rights, Stella Creasy was amazed when she was handed a photograph from the Museum of London’s collection, showing what appeared to be a procession of suffragettes marching down Cedar’s Avenue in E17.

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Unearthing Barnet: A good spot for a castle

By adam corsini on 3 Mar 2014
Arrowhead found at South Mimms

Arrowhead found at South Mimms

In my previous blog, I told the story of Geoffrey II de Mandeville and his wily ways at expanding his land and power during the 1140’s. We last left the story with both King Stephen and Empress Matilda having granting him permission to build a new castle anywhere he liked on his land, land that stretched from Berkshire to Essex. Read the full postRead the full post

Streetmuseum 2.0

By sarah madden, blog editor on 28 Feb 2014
A night shot outside the Palace Theatre before an evening's performance. The Frankie Vaughan Season ran from 20 January to 16 February 1958 and included Vaughan as the headliner and artists such as Petula Clark, who was to sing her latest hits. Collins created a number of night-time photographs playing with the bright lights of the West End to record people enjoying the buzz of fifties nightlife.

A night shot outside the Palace Theatre before an evening’s performance.

To celebrate the update to our well-loved Streetmuseum app, we’ve put together some incredible old images of London with new. Here are five our our favourites…

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All salamanders great and small…

By sarah madden, blog editor on 26 Feb 2014

The Cheapside Hoard's salamander escapes onto the Museum of London rotunda

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed two big, green, crawling new additions to the Museum of London’s iconic rotunda. Measuring 10 metres across, these reptilian beasts represent one of the most delicate and exquisite pieces of jewellery found in the Cheapside Hoard – a golden brooch, set with Columbian emeralds and Indian diamonds and speckled with intricately painted enamel. Read the full postRead the full post

Radioactive perfume, ceramic poodles and kitsch piggy banks

By libby finney on 25 Feb 2014
The offending poodle

The offending poodle

After this week I will look at our museum collections in a whole new light. No longer will I casually observe an item on display, instead I will find myself assessing the risks involved in its entire material being. It may seem like I’m being overly dramatic, but our first hour on week three was spent looking at the hazards that can be found in museum collections: from asbestos to uranium and mercury to gunpowder. It was fascinating to discover that my chosen profession could be so fraught with danger and adventure! Read the full postRead the full post

Guest Willie Walters blog: Mark Fast at London Fashion Week

By sarah madden, blog editor on 24 Feb 2014
1978 dress by Swanky Modes

1978 dress by Swanky Modes

As the bright lights and theatrical sets of London Fashion Week have packed up and left our fair city for fabulous Milan, we’ve been getting the scoop from the top shows just for you from Willie Walters, Fashion BA Course Director for Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design. The Museum of London is lucky enough to have a fabulous 1978 dress designed by Willie and her sister Mel, better known as Swanky Modes, in our fashion collection. Founded in 1972, Swanky Modes made aggressively glamorous and fetishistic outfits from synthetic materials. The clothes were originally sold by mail order but eventually from a shop in Camden which became a meeting place for punks. Read the full postRead the full post