As you wander from the Museum’s Galleries of Modern London to the cafe for a nice cup of something and a sit down, just take a moment to look up and right. Up there, in the niche on the wall is a group of figures, smaller than adults but bigger than children. They look much like any other Classical sculpture, apart from their size but there is something about the material that is not only intriguing, but remarkable. This tableau is made from Coade stone, an early form of ‘fake’ stone. Finer than cement and far more durable, the exact […]
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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.
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.
London Street Views 1840
New to London? Here for business or perhaps a little shopping? Looking for a specific building? These days we might use the internet or our smartphones to find the right places and navigate around the city, technology of which the Victorian visitor to London could only dream.