Five things I’ve learnt from blogging about London

By star guest on 9 Oct 2012

By Michael Pollitt of snipelondon.com 1. London is infinite – There are so many people in so many places doing so many things. All of those people and places and things are potential blog posts. And the city is so big and so old that every street, and the history of every decade of every street, is a potential blog post. London is an infinity of interesting things. The hard part is choosing where to begin. 2. London has some great blogs – These other blogs aren’t competition, that’s not the way it works. If you’re talking about something that’s […]

Pot Idol: the final

By other museum staff on 3 Jul 2012

Yes, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for…the final of Pot Idol 2012. The six finalists have one last chance to win your hearts and then it is over to you to pick your favourite ceramic star. The champion will not only win the coveted title of Pot Idol, they will also appear at the Museum’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hand-on pots, on 21 and 22 July. So here are the contenders one last time… Will you pick our first contestant, Imbrex, from Lime Street? Imbrex is a fragment of Roman roof tile. Not only would Imbrex […]

Pot Idol: contestant six

By other museum staff on 26 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]

Pot Idol: contestant five

By other museum staff on 19 Jun 2012

Pot Idol is a contest to find the ceramic star of tomorrow! The winner will be given its time to shine and brought out from the archives at the Museum of London’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hands-on pots. Over the next six weeks we will be presenting 6 hopeful pots for your consideration – it’s down to you to decide which will win the coveted title of Pot Idol. Once all of the hopefuls have been given a chance to win your hearts, we will ask you to cast your vote and change the life of one lucky pot. […]

Pleasure gardens and music

By star guest on 13 Feb 2012

Ahead of tomorrow’s Pleasure Garden Ball, one of the musical acts for the evening take us on a stroll through the history of pleasure gardens and their musical links… Imagine a place where the beautiful people gather to hear the latest songs performed by the most fashionable musicians on outdoor stages, where fancy dress events end in disorder and debauchery, there is dancing all night, and the ordinary folk don their finest to indulge in a bit of celebrity-spotting…. You may be forgiven for thinking that I am talking about Glastonbury, with Shirley Bassey and her diamante-encrusted wellingtons, or Kate […]

Behind the mask as we prepare for Tuesday's Pleasure Garden Ball

By other museum staff on 12 Feb 2012

Over the last few weeks in between pouring over the carefully timed, actioned packed programme for our Pleasure Garden Ball, our Adult Events team have been enjoying themselves preparing for what has become our annual Valentine’s Day Late event. They have mulled over serious quandaries such has how many people will want to decorate and wear their own masquerade mask? How can we help spark some new romances on the night? And just how many bars do we need? Last year’s Valentine Late – part of the Adult Events informal learning programme – saw the Museum full with visitors, who learnt seductive […]

1950s: Music and Youth Culture

By star guest on 28 Jul 2011

In support of our Fabulous fifties late event on 11 August , part of the Story of London Festival, at the Museum of London. DJ’s and recording artists, the Broken Hearts, have provided us with an insight into the influences on and the music from the time which will be showcased on the evening. The 1950s were a time of societal change and new beginnings. The decade began with austerity measures, rationing and reconstruction still governing many large Western urban spaces. Simultaneously in the UK, old class structures were beginning to be broken down as affluence grew and a new consumer […]

Latest update from our gladiators in training

By john joyce on 6 Jun 2011

As we gear up for our Gladiator Games next month, we have the latest update from our gladiators in training to share with you. Britannia (our gladiator re-enactors) recently attended a training session at the Lunt in Coventry (a reconstructed wooden Roman fort). The event was captured by professional photographer Pete Webb and will feature in the June issue of the science and technology magazine, Flipside (external link). The Lunt is a great site and has the advantage of a sand filled wooden Gyrus (circular Roman cavalry training area). Gladiators are starting to wear the full equipment as you can see […]

An 'author-ity' on our upcoming Gladiator Games

By john joyce on 24 May 2011

In advance of our Gladiator Games this July and with the kind permisssion of the publisher, The History Press, we are able to share with you extracts from the book “The World of the Gladiator” by author Susanna Shadrake. Who is also an historical adviser for our gladiator reinactors Britannia who are competing at our games. Susanna’s book provides us with insight and context for both the preparations and the nature of the combat you can experience over the two days of our games taking place on the site of London’s original Roman amphitheatre, now the Guildhall Yard. The First Amphitheatres Amphitheatres had […]