With London’s Gay Pride hitting the streets tomorrow, Sarah Gudgin, Curator of Oral History and Contemporary Collecting, revisits an interview with world-renowned gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. “We were for the first time in history coming out in our thousands. It had never been done before. Not only coming out but proud and defiant.” Peter Tatchell, born 1952 London’s Gay Pride event on 7 July 2012 will be a focal point for the LGBTQ community in the capital. This year, the annual event is given even more significance as it is also World Pride in London, proving an opportunity to […]
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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.
A starring role for the Suffragette collection
As curator of the museum’s wonderful Suffragette collection I often welcome ‘important’ visitors to the archive, captivated by the story of the women who endured imprisonment, hunger-strike and even force-feeding in their battle to win the vote.
The case of the missing Sherlock Holmes film
Sherlock Holmes, the most famous fictional Londoner of all time, is also one of the most portrayed characters in film and television history. He has appeared onscreen for over a century, with the role assumed by countless actors – from William Gillette to Benedict Cumberbatch. As the Museum of London prepares for the largest temporary exhibition on the super sleuth for over sixty years, there remains a mystery unsolved regarding one such film.