Coronation Procession in Oxford Street, 1953 by Kenneth Wynn

By other museum staff on 1 Jun 2012

In the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, our Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Pat Hardy, tells us more about a rather timely acquisition into the Museum’s collections. One of the delights of being an art curator is when people offer paintings to the Museum as a gift. It is an act of pure goodwill; there are often no tax advantages or conditions attached. They simply think that the work should be kept for future generations in the Museum of London so that others, apart from their own family, can enjoy and appreciate it. It’s even better when […]

Miles Landesman at home with The Queen

By other museum staff on 22 May 2012

In the run up to the opening of At Home with the Queen on 25 May, participant, Miles Landesman, tells us about the history of his Queen memorabilia (The Queen by artist Graham Dean) and what it means to him. I first saw The Queen, by artist Graham Dean, at Nicholas Treadwell‘s art gallery in 1975. At that time Treadwell was promoting Superhumanism amongst the artists working for him.  Superhumanism defines any work that is urban and unorthodox, be it angry, humorous, quirky, or ironic. My father, Jay Landesman, was a man who appreciated unusual art. He bought the painting […]

The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman

By other museum staff on 21 May 2012

In the run up to our Alternative Diamond Jubilee event at the Museum of London Docklands, David Waller, author of The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman looks at the extraordinary career of Eugen Sandow Eugen Sandow (1867-1925) is now almost totally forgotten by the broader public by whom he was once adored. The man who rose from humble origins in Prussia to become internationally famous as the literal embodiment of masculine perfection, a century ago the possessor of the most famous male body in the world, lay for more than eighty years in […]

So then Jennifer, you’d like to know a little more about Steampunk?

By other museum staff on 14 May 2012

Victorian hip hop artist, Professor Elemental, takes us through a brief history of Steampunk in advance of his performance at The alternative Diamond Jubilee at the Museum of London Docklands on Thursday 31 May.

Martin Scorcese is doing it, Justin Beiber had a bit of it and Philip Pullman is riddled with it. It’s Steampunk. Pretty much what all the kids are into these days. Well, not these days exactly, more in Victorian days…make-believe Victorian days.