In 1976, two museums were brought together to create the Museum of London: the London Museum and the City’s Guildhall Museum. This merged not just two museums’ collections but many years of files and records. This complex archive still has some fresh surprises left to discover. Let’s hear from John Clark, retired Senior Curator of the medieval collections.
As a child growing up in east London in the 1960s going ‘over the water’ was a rare event. For me the River Thames was a ‘great divide’ that separated me physically and psychologically from an area of London I had no reason to visit. Bridges bore no significance and appeared to stretch from my side of the river into the great unknown. Read the full post
What do you do with a bridge when you no longer need or want it and want to replace it with a newer model? We all know how the Americans bought Rennie’s London Bridge in 1967 and shipped it off to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but what about old London Bridge, the bridge that Rennie’s bridge replaced? Read the full post
As Tower Bridge, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, celebrated its 120th birthday this June it comes as no surprise that the operators behind it have a few stories to share. Guest blogger Glen Ellis, Technical Officer at Tower Bridge talks about the day he held up Bill Clinton… Read the full post
On 26 June 2014 we celebrated the opening of Bridge at Museum of London Docklands. In his welcome speech Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, asked our guests to vote for their favourite London bridge. Find out what our guests said below! Read the full post
I’ve often been struck by the number of people I know who feel there’s something very special about crossing a London bridge. Read the full post
When I heard that a William Henry Fox Talbot photograph from 1845 was to be included in upcoming Bridge exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement that we even have such a rare and experimental photo in our collection and trepidation that the word facsimile would not be received well when I uttered it. Read the full post