An introduction to Christina Broom

By anna sparham on 19 Jun 2015


In 1903, Christina Broom – Mrs Albert Broom, to use her professional name – propelled herself into the field of photography as a business venture to support her family. Rising from self-taught novice to a semi-official photographer for the Household Brigade, she emerged as a pioneer for women press photographers in the UK.

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Christmas in the Sainsbury Archive

By laura outterside on 23 Dec 2014

Christmas poultry and game display at 14 Cranbrook Road, Ilford  [190-1920s] (SA/BR/22/I/1/1/5)

Christmas poultry and game display at 14 Cranbrook Road, Ilford [190-1920s] (SA/BR/22/I/1/1/5)

Christmas is a time for indulgence in festive foods, with turkeys and puddings, party foods and mince pies. The Sainsbury Archive at Museum of London Docklands demonstrates how one family business turned supermarket giant supplied the nation with food at Christmas time. So much has changed since the company’s beginnings in London in 1869, but, as the archive shows, the traditions and tastes of Christmas remain the same. Read the full postRead the full post

The origins of Christmas pudding

By sarah madden, blog editor on 22 Dec 2014
© Simone Walsh via Flickr

© Simone Walsh via Flickr

Christmas pudding has long been a staple of Londoners’ festive tables. Traditionally incorporating dried fruits, spices, sugar and alcohol this festal favourite is a representation of extensive British trade – and of the exotic bounty brought through London’s docks at the peak of Empire. Read the full postRead the full post

A haunted city

By faye kelly, visitor services manager on 7 Nov 2014

West-India-Docks-1900-crop

The people who live in this ever expanding metropolis walk busily from place to place, sometimes without so much as a passing thought for the environment they find themselves in. It’s particularly easy to do this within East London’s vibrant docklands. This modern area with its towering architecture is a financial centre for the city and home to a workforce of over 90,000 people. The once imposing warehouses of London’s past can easily go unnoticed by those hard at work in the surrounding towers. Read the full postRead the full post

Working in the dark: Fox Talbot and salt paper prints

By rose briskman on 23 May 2014
A rare Fox Talbot print showing Hungerford Bridge

A rare Fox Talbot print showing Hungerford Bridge c.1845

When I heard that a William Henry Fox Talbot photograph from 1845 was to be included in upcoming Bridge exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement that we even have such a rare and experimental photo in our collection and trepidation that the word facsimile would not be received well when I uttered it. Read the full postRead the full post

Excitement for Deutsches Haus at Museum of London Docklands as Games approach

By marketing on 26 Jun 2012
Museum of London Docklands will be closed between 9 July and 16 September to host Deutsches Haus, the official base for the German National Olympic Committee.  Activity will include Deutsches Haus, a private hospitality base, and Fanfest, a public celebration of German sport and culture. German-Sport Marketing tell us about the final preparations.

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