Anchors Aweigh! Family rave

By spetty on 11 Nov 2015

At the start of this year, the legendary club Plastic People shut its doors on Curtain Road in Shoreditch for good. It came among an ongoing wave of club and venue closures, and it was one of the smaller venues in London – fitting just 200 dancers – but it provoked a huge wave of nostalgia. This wasn’t just a sense of loss though: notable in all the tributes that were paid to the venue were an enormous sense of pride in the values of the club and how it represented all that is best about London and its people.

Flyer for a rave at the Hippodrome featuring a smiley face

Flyer for a rave at the Hippodrome , 1991 © Museum of London


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Come and meet Santa in his Victorian grotto

By peter strafford on 16 Dec 2011

I know you have all been waiting for him so I won’t make you wait any longer. After a great deal of effort we have managed to secure an interview with perhaps the most busy man around Xmas (plus his helpers, our Victorian photographer and the mystic Gypsy lady) , of course its our Santa. Welcome Santa, are you ready for this year? Of course, I am looking forward to making all the children around the whole world have a special day and seeing the joy on their faces when they open their presents. That’s great news to hear Santa. […]

Our Christmas trees at both our museums are now in place!

By john joyce on 8 Dec 2011

It’s official, we are now starting to feel rather festive as our Christmas trees are in place and decorated at both the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands. Above is the tree for the Museum of London which is displayed in our foyer near to the entrance to the first of our galleries, London Before London. Here is a look at the tree in place in the foyer of the Museum of London Docklands… With Victorian Grotto’s created especially for Santa (although we hear that after Christmas a certain Scrooge will be in residence) due to open at both museums […]

All aboard this pirate ship

By sue neaves on 31 Oct 2011

During October half-term 2011 we built a pirate ship from scratch. Families visiting the Museum of London Docklands worked with artist Sophie Buxton to make the hull, rigging, masts and sails. We made the ship in sections and joined these together. We added people, livestock, treasure and all the other things you would find on board. Here is the pirate ship finished – many thanks to all those who helped to build this wonderful vessel! If you would like to join us from festive fun in December you will find event details on our website here.

How to be a Pirate family event

By sue neaves on 20 Oct 2011

All summer long this performance has been packing them in. Our new free interactive gallery drama is especially popular with our youngest visitors. With half term approaching we are heading for the last two performances for a while, as our pirate will be taking a well deserved winter rest. Come on down and catch him while you can. Also on offer are stories, scientific investigations of maps, making hats, treasure and building a ship from scratch. Our website has a list of all the free half term activities for families here and don’t forget that our special exhibition Pirates: The Captain Kidd […]

Star in our promotional YouTube film and receive £50 of museum shop vouchers!

By john joyce on 20 Oct 2011

Planning to visit the Museum of London this half term with you family? To support the launch of HiddenCity’s (external link) interactive text message trail we are looking for a family who would be happy to be filmed using the trail in our galleries early next week. The film would then be posted onto the Museum of London’s YouTube Channel (external link) and mentioned in tweets (external link) and Facebook updates (external link). As a thank you for taking part we will provide you with £50 of museum shop vouchers to spend during your visit or save until Christmas. If you are […]