The Museum of London houses one of London’s most iconic objects, the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, owned by the City of London Corporation. This is one of the world’s oldest ceremonial vehicles still in use. Built in 1757 it even pre-dates the Queen’s gold coach. As Head of Conservation and Collection Care at the Museum of London one of my roles is to ensure that the coach is looked after whilst on display, but also to oversee the removal of the coach ready for the annual Lord Mayor’s procession. Read the full post
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.
A starring role for the Suffragette collection
As curator of the museum’s wonderful Suffragette collection I often welcome ‘important’ visitors to the archive, captivated by the story of the women who endured imprisonment, hunger-strike and even force-feeding in their battle to win the vote.