Five things I’ve learnt from blogging about London

By star guest on 9 Oct 2012

By Michael Pollitt of 1. London is infinite – There are so many people in so many places doing so many things. All of those people and places and things are potential blog posts. And the city is so big and so old that every street, and the history of every decade of every street, is a potential blog post. London is an infinity of interesting things. The hard part is choosing where to begin. 2. London has some great blogs – These other blogs aren’t competition, that’s not the way it works. If you’re talking about something that’s […]

Photographs from school

By other museum staff on 13 Mar 2012

As Anna from our Collections online team continues to work to bring 1,000 images by renowned photo journalist Henry Grant to our website. We share some of her favourite photographs from the collection now available to view online: The first group of our Henry Grant photographs have gone live – they are all education related and cover teaching and learning in the Capital from nursery age through schools and exams to university and apprenticeships. There are some fantastic images – I have posted some of my favourite here… This little girl, who attended the Coram Gardens Day Nursery is being weighed and checked […]

The Butcher, The Baker and the Candlestick Maker

By other museum staff on 9 Mar 2012

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 […]

Leap year cards

By other museum staff on 29 Feb 2012

As part of our collections online programme bringing greater online access to our collections over the next three years, including the addition of over 90,000 objects. Project Assistant, Ellie, talks us through her work with the Museum’s collection of leap year proposal cards:                            (To see more of this card visit our collections online page here). In my previous Valentine’s blog posts I mentioned the London stationer Jonathan King, whose comprehensive card collection was estimated to include at least a million cards. Leap year legend suggests the 29th is a day when women may propose to men, and London’s valentine makers sold […]

The more unusual Valentine cards in our collection…

By other museum staff on 14 Feb 2012

As of today the whole of the Museum’s collection of  Victorian Valentine cards  is available online, so be sure to take a look and find your favourites via this link .  Collection online project assistant Ellie, who will be talking about some of her favourites at the Museum’s Pleasure Garden Ball tonight, continues her blog posts focusing on the collection with a look at the more unusual cards in the collection… As everywhere seems festooned with cards and hearts today, I thought it might be refreshing to share some of the more unusual valentine’s in the museum’s collection in more detail. Today […]

The making of Valentine's cards in the 19th century

By other museum staff on 13 Feb 2012

Following on from collections online project assistant Ellie’s first blog post about the Museum’s collection of 19th century valentine cards (which can be read here) and in advance of the collection being made available on our website soon – Ellie now turns to how these cards were made… The Museum of London’s collection holds almost 1800 cards produced in the city, in the workshops of Islington stationer Jonathan King and his contemporaries. King ran his workshop with his mother, where staff would assemble cards from parts of paper lace and printed scrap motifs. If the cards met with King’s approval they […]

Spoiling you with a number of Valentine Cards this year…

By other museum staff on 11 Feb 2012

Next week the Museum’s 19th century valentine card collection will be available to view on our website as part of our collections online project and this is the first of a series of three blog posts about the cards – the other two will go out next week in the lead up to Valentines Day. Collections online project Assistant, Ellie, will be talking about the cards as one of the activities at the Museum’s Pleasure Garden Ball on Valentine’s Night. There will be a stall where Ellie will be talking about the cards and bringing some of them out of […]

A coin collection spanning seven centuries

By other museum staff on 18 Jan 2012

As part of our collections online programme bringing greater online access to our collections over the next three years, including the addition of over 90,000 objects. Project Assistant, Ed, talks us through his work with the Museum’s Roman coin collection: The Museum’s Roman collection boasts some very fine examples of bronze, silver and gold coinage, and traces the history of Rome from the Republic, through the rise and eventual decline of the Empire, and culminates in the ascendancy of Byzantium. The collection spans a period of no-less than seven centuries and represents over 100 different emperors, empresses, princes, rebels and […]

Explore our collection of tinsel prints online now

By other museum staff on 19 Dec 2011

As part of our collections online programme bringing greater online access to our collections over the next three years, including the addition of over 90,000 objects, today sees our collection of tinsel prints go live on our website, just in time for Christmas. Either search “Theatrical tinsel portraits” to browse the collection or you can access them directly using this link. Here our Project Assistant, Ellie, provides her perspective on some of the prints she has recently been working with: During the nineteenth century, London’s theatres were a popular medium. Whole genres of popular plays would develop and protests were carried out when theatre prices rose. […]

Cards are not just for Christmas…

By other museum staff on 17 Nov 2011

In our latest blog from our team bringing our collections online, we hear again from Ellie and her continuing work with our printed ephemera collection… Our collection of business cards, invoices, brochures and receipts, provides a snapshot of London’s working life. The collection will be made available online for the first time next Spring, giving researchers the chance to access the objects from the comfort of their own homes. I imagine this resource will be well-used by family historians as well as academic researchers, who will be able to search the online information for specific names and trades. Each of […]