A short post today, about something new to the Museum’s display – a ‘kosher’ Delftware plate bearing the Hebrew character ‘chlav’ for milk. This striking dinner plate dates from c.1720 and was made in Lambeth on the South Bank. Blue and white Delft was very popular at the time and made in large quantities for tiles and everyday domestic items, such as dinner services. However, to find one that would have been part of a ‘milk’ dinner service within a Jewish home is exceptionally rare – I’m not sure another one is known. Kosher dietary law, or kashrut decrees that […]
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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.
Infographic: The Great Fire of London
Nearly 350 years ago the City of London faced one of its most famous disasters. To mark this occasion we’ve put together a handy infographic with some of the topline facts and figures – discover even more at the Museum of London’s free ‘War, Plague and Fire’ gallery!