Bishopsgate Institute guest blog: East End in Focus

By sarah madden, blog editor on 11 Mar 2014
Crispin & Duval Street 1912

Crispin & Duval Street 1912

Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute’s Library and Archives Manager, gives us a rundown of some of his favourite images and street photographers discussed in a new event series East End in Focus. Inspired by pictures taken by C. A. Mathew over a hundred years ago, these images shine a light on the streets and people of Spitalfields and the surrounding area. Read the full postRead the full post

Distant voices

By other museum staff on 4 Apr 2012

Following Hilary Young’s blog post Listening for a change last week, author Harriet Salisbury talks about the discoveries she made while delving into the Museum of London’s oral history collections for her new book, The War on our Doorstep. I am not an oral historian – or even a historian. Before I began researching material for The War on our Doorstep, my experience of oral history was limited to recording a few interviews in my student days. So for me, the Museum of London’s vast collection of tapes was a big step into the unknown. Luckily, in the case of the Port & River collection, there […]

Space age photos of the Olympic area

By peter strafford on 16 Sep 2011

The Your 2012 exhibition is up and running and we are getting some fantastic feedback. If you have not already seen it then come along to the Museum of London Docklands and visit our free exhibition detailing the changes that have been going on and around the Olympic site at Stratford. What with the opening of the new Westfield shopping site it is now possible to see the key buildings around the Olympic site from new, exciting vantage points. We took a look around the area and have come up with the space age, futuristic images of the site below. If […]

'Your 2012': two of our favourite images and a call for more

By peter strafford on 18 Aug 2011

With Your 2012, our free photography exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands now open, we wanted to share two of our favourite images from the 20 on display and ask you to contribute to our flickr group. This photo below was taken from inside the Viewtube of the centrepiece Olympic stadium. Here is another photograph this time of the basketball stadium (which hosted a warm-up match between Australia and China this week)  that has been nicknamed the ‘mattress’ and amazingly can be disassembled and reassembled anywhere in the country in just six months. We are looking to share via flickr some of the hundreds of […]

Latest progress on the Orbit tower

By peter strafford on 13 Jul 2011

Time is ticking away before the 20 images that will make up the Your 2012 free photography exhibition go on display dealing with the impact of the construction of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Come along and see it when it starts at the Museum of London Docklands on the 22nd of July 2011 and see some awesome pictures. One of the buildings we will be showing in the exhibition is the Orbit Tower. Below you can see an image showing the next exciting phase of development of its construction with winding structures now being built around the central frame. When it is fully constructed it will be a […]

Stunning aerial vistas of the Olympic site

By peter strafford on 11 Jul 2011

Time is ticking away before the 20 images that will make up the Your 2012 free photography exhibition go on display dealing with the impact of the construction of the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Come along and see it when it starts at the Museum of London Docklands on the 22nd of July 2011 and see some awesome pictures. Recently I was fortunate enough to gain access to ‘The View’ and take these spectacular photos of the Olympic landscape from an aerial perspective.  In the photo below, to the left of the Olympic site, you can see a view of the construction works where huge amounts of concrete […]

Archaeology meets Who Do You Think You Are? Linking present day people and archaeological finds from 1820s Spitalfields

By nigel jeffries on 30 Jun 2011

Thanks to my earlier blog about Museum of London Archaeology’s (http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/) research on Regency and Victorian Spitalfields, I had reply from Rick and Roy Glanvill. We focused on finding the descendents of the people that had occupied the remains of some of the houses we excavated that once stood on Fort, Steward and Duke Street. Rick and his uncle Roy are the descendents of the silk manufacturer James Vernell who lived at 24 Fort Street. During our extensive excavations around the present day market completed a decade ago we uncovered a cesspit that served this property. The cesspit – a brick-lined feature dug in the ground to deposit human waste, […]

Living in Victorian London project

By nigel jeffries on 29 Mar 2011

If you are interested in the Living in Victorian London project undertaken with Alastair Owens http://bit.ly/hfS8xE at the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, then here is a list of outputs to date: Project website: http://bit.ly/hInshX (needs updating!) On BBC London’s Inside Out programme: http://bit.ly/7hpm8p (takes you to YouTube site) Publications: Owens, A, Jeffries, N, Wehner, K and Featherby, R, 2010, Fragments of  the modern city: material culture and rhythms of everyday life in Victorian London J Victorian Culture 15 (2), 212–225 Owens, A, Jeffries, N, Featherby, R, and Wehner, K, 2010 From the unusual to the banal; the archaeology of everyday life […]

Bring me Sunshine

By peter strafford on 29 Mar 2011

As we work towards finalising the 20 images that will make up  Your 2012,  our free display on the impact of the construction of the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, opening at the Museum of London Docklands in July. We quickly wanted to share with you this picture and thought: Might we be in for a warm Spring and a hot Summer? Lets hope so. The notice below seems to be a good sign of things to come.