A dress for spring

By beatrice behlen on 16 Apr 2015

I have been putting off publishing this entry as it contains too many known unknowns for my liking. But I have already spent too many hours on Ancestry and I am hoping that you will be able to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the object below.

Detail of fancy dress outfit

The bodice can currently be seen in Show Space a new (small) exhibition area we opened just before Easter. Show Space consists of three mannequin-height cases which can be (relatively) easily configured to hold different types and sizes of objects. We want to react more quickly to what’s happening in London, to bring out objects that have a good story but don’t fit into forthcoming exhibitions and generally to experiment a little. There is also a screen for film and other digital ‘stuff’ and a player for gems from our Oral History Collection (or sounds, or music). Read the full postRead the full post

Punch and Judy through the ages

By sarah madden, blog editor on 9 May 2014

Crocodile-1925

On this day in 1662 the character of Mr Punch made his first recorded appearance in London. Samuel Pepys records that, during a visit to Covent Garden, he sees an ‘Italian Puppet Play…which is very pretty’. By the 19th century, Punch and Judy shows were part of the regular street entertainment on offer in the city. Read the full postRead the full post