Making the Great Fire of London website

By acollinson on 7 Nov 2016
A screenshot from the Great Fire of London website, showing the fire spreading across the City of London.

A screenshot from the Great Fire of London website, showing the fire spreading across the City of London.

In September, we launched our new Great Fire of London website, in partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives, the Monument and the Guildhall Art Gallery. Visitors can experience the gripping story of the fire through an interactive children’s game, a Minecraft experience, and the Explore section of the website, which uses historic maps and objects to tell the story of the fire.

Learn more about how and why we created the website

The Great Fire of London and the invention of insurance

By james read, guest blog author on 21 Aug 2015
Woodcut from 'Shlohavot, or, The burning of London in the year 1666'

Woodcut from ‘Shlohavot, or, The burning of London in the year 1666′

The Great Fire devastated London. There were few recorded deaths, but estimates put the destroyed property value at £10,000,000 (£1.5 billion in today’s money). From the ashes rose an unlikely development: the world’s first property insurance policies.

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Our Great Fire of London model celebrates its 100th birthday!

By meriel jeater on 2 Sep 2014

GREAT FIRE EXPERIENCE 3

One of the most popular exhibits in the Museum of London is the model of the Great Fire of London. It’s something that people often ask me about, even if they haven’t visited the Museum for many years – they want to know whether we still have it on display as it was one of the most memorable aspects of their visit. Few people realise that the model could be viewed as an artefact in its own right as it is so old. In fact, it is 100 years old this year! Read the full postRead the full post

#MuseumMemories

By sarah madden, blog editor on 26 Mar 2014
Great Fire model

The Museum of London’s Great Fire model, originally built in 1912

This week the Museum of London has been participating in Twitter’s #MuseumWeek. It’s been a great opportunity to get a real buzz going online for museums and galleries in the UK and all over the world, and we’ve loved today’s theme of #MuseumMemories – allowing us to see how people remember their first trip to our galleries. Read the full postRead the full post

The Butcher, The Baker and the Candlestick Maker

By other museum staff on 9 Mar 2012

The Museum has a collection of over 4,000 17th century trade tokens, which Verity, one of our team of Project Assistants , has been working with to make available online. The first batch of over 1,700 tokens are now available to view as part of our collections online project here. Trade tokens were issued between 1648 and 1673 at a time when there was little low denomination coinage being issued by the crown. As a result traders and business proprietors began issuing tokens as an alternate coinage with equivalent denominations of usually of a farthing, half penny or penny. On rare occasions higher denominations were […]