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.
The 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London gave us the opportunity to display a relic of 1666 and unravel a bibliographical puzzle. Museum of London Librarian Sally Brooks reveals the detective work behind one very battered book.
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.
Imagine: the fire is nearing. You can feel its heat on your face and hear the shouts of those around you who are fleeing, arms loaded with possessions, not stopping to help the efforts to stave off the fire’s advance. Read the full post
Nearly 350 years ago the City of London faced one of its most famous disasters. To mark this occasion we’ve put together a handy infographic with some of the topline facts and figures – discover even more at the Museum of London’s free ‘War, Plague and Fire’ gallery! Read the full post
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 post
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 post
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 […]