By Museum of London Curator, Meriel Jeater Recently, I was lucky enough to be accepted onto a leadership development programme, run by the Getty Leadership Institute, called NextGen 2012. The training was based on the outskirts of Boston, USA, and was an amazing, eye-opening and intense five days. I learnt a huge amount, which I won’t write about here, but I also got to see the city of Boston for the first time – a wonderful and sometimes amusing experience. At the end of training I had a day to myself and after five days in a seminar room I […]
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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.
I Love You…I Love You Not: Victorian Valentine’s Day cards
When the Uniform penny post rocked up in 1840, it completely revolutionised the way in which people communicated. Sending letters and cards, such as those celebrating Valentine’s Day, became easier and cheaper and as a result a thriving business developed in central London.
Sherlock Holmes trailer: You saw, but did you observe?
With only one week to go until our Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens to the public, we wanted to take a closer inspection at our trailer to reveal a few hidden clues as to what visitors might expect… you saw, but did you observe?