Losing his head: John Schorn – an unofficial saint

By meriel jeater on 9 Jan 2013
Head from scorn badge

Head fragment from a John Schorn Badge

Over the last year I have been cataloguing the Museum of London’s amazing collection of over 700 pilgrim badges and souvenirs (that’s just the badges in the museum’s reserve collection – we have even more in our Archaeological Archive!). Read the full postRead the full post

My travels around Boston

By meriel jeater on 29 Nov 2012

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 […]

The hidden history of the City wall

By meriel jeater on 15 Nov 2012

By Meriel Jeater, Museum of London Curator Here is a brief snapshot of some research I have recently undertaken to understand the evolution of London’s city wall. A section of the Roman city wall still survives in a garden outside the Museum of London. I mention these remains on my tours of the Roman fort gate, which still exist in a room next to the London Wall car park. It is sometimes tricky to explain to visitors why the wall, while having Roman origins, is made mostly from Victorian brick and includes two medieval towers. The short answer is that […]

Bone Books

By mike henderson on 19 Sep 2012

Hot off the Press….this month sees the publication of two brand new MOLA monographs invovling the work of the osteology team. Excavations at New Bunhill Fields, Southwark in 2008 uncovered evidence of a heavily used private burial ground. Documentary sources suggest that from c 1821–53 up to 33,000 burials may have taken place in the commercial Nonconformist burial ground. Excavation of 827 wooden coffin burials allowed comparisons of the use of the burial ground, coffin furniture and burial finds with other contemporary cemeteries. Of particular interest were the good level of preservation of floral remains in a child’s coffin, ceramic […]

Taking a trip down memory lane…

By other museum staff on 24 Jul 2012

“We were lucky to have a holiday every year. We used to go to Ramsgate every year. I think we were privileged really.” Rose Gower, born in London in 1925 They say travel can broaden your mind. However, with the current squeeze on many people’s finances, Londoners, who have come to see a holiday abroad as an affordable part of everyday life, are now choosing the ‘staycation’ and holidaying in the UK instead. As the school holidays are about to start, I began thinking about where to take my family on holiday this year, and it looks like it will […]

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 […]

Medical histories to ancient diseases

By mike henderson on 8 Feb 2012

This month Katie van Schaik talks about some of the things she encountered in the two weeks spent with us… The ‘punched-out lesions’ were unmistakable, and their form matched what I’d seen only on X-rays:  multiple myeloma, leading to the consumption of bone in the skull, both humeri, and in the distal femora.  Yet this man whose skeleton showed evidence of this disease had lived long before X-ray machines, long before a diagnosis of ‘multiple myeloma’ could have been made to explain the pain and fatigue he likely felt. The opportunity to see the remains of a human afflicted with multiple […]

Conserving Dickens' chair

By other museum staff on 10 Jan 2012

A blog post from Jon in our conservation team on the work looking after and preparing our objects for display. As this years’ intern within the applied arts section of the conservation department at the Museum of London I am very grateful to have been given the exciting opportunity of experiencing the build-up and installation of the Museum’s major new exhibition – Dickens and London. In the months before installation began, conservators were busy ensuring all the objects and artefacts were suited to being placed on display. Within the new exhibition objects of a range of materials are installed including […]

From Stores to Stage: printed ephemera online soon

By other museum staff on 10 Nov 2011

In our latest blog from our team bringing our collections online, we hear from Ellie and her work with printed ephemera… This is a photograph of part of one of the museum’s stores. Inside these boxes the museum has a remarkable collection of printed ephemera, which is often described as the minor, transient documents of everyday life. The collection includes things like tickets, posters, flyers and greetings cards: the kind of material which holds lots of information about everyday life but is often thrown away. My job as collections online project assistant is to work to get some of this […]