Meet the team sharing our collections online

By other museum staff on 19 Oct 2011

The Museum of London recently launched a new web resource called Collections online which currently allows access to over 10,000 objects from the Museum’s collections, available through a single point of access. The Museum now has ambitious plans for making greater online access to its collections over the next three years, including the addition over 90,000 more objects. To achieve this aim the Museum has recently taken on four Project Assistants to coordinate the documentation and digitisation necessary to achieve this target. Working closely with curators and to a strict data standard, they will be upgrading records in our collections management database and either scanning the objects themselves or […]

Last of our Big Issue vendor's pictures for London Street Photography project

By john joyce on 18 Apr 2011

Today our final Big Issue vendor, Richard, shares a selection of the images he has taken capturing life on the streets of London as part of a joint project between the Museum of London and The Big Issue around our current London Street Photography exhibition. Richard’s photographs now join those taken by Viv, Hazel and Mahesh with a number of images from across this project appearing in a forthcoming edition of The Big Issue. Images will then be selected to be displayed in the London Street Photography exhibition which continues until 3 September at the Museum of London. The following five images from Richard highlight unguarded snapshots of moments that are in turn curious, […]

Our third The Big Issue vendor submits London Street Photography images

By john joyce on 8 Mar 2011

Today we bring you images taken by The Big Issue vendor Viv, who has over the last two weeks, as part of a project in conjunction with The Big Issue, been capturing life on London’s streets.  A selection of work  on this ongoing project will eventually be displayed in our London Street Photography exhibition. This picture was taken at Embankment and Viv has added the following extract from her diary regarding help provided to the homeless in this area of London: “…one of the biggest soup runs in London [is located nearby] and they come out once a week and it’s run by […]

Digital x-raying at St Bride's crypt

By other museum staff on 3 Mar 2011

Following a paper presented at the 2009 American Paleopathology (PPA) meeting in Chicago by Jelena Bekvalac, Curator, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London, an opportunity arose to work on a digital x-ray project in the crypt of St Bride’s Church nearby the Museum. Here, Jelena explains more: “My paper presentation was based around the analysis of the 227 individuals retained in the crypt of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London. They are a particularly interesting and unique group of individuals as they have a substantial amount of biographical information associated with them provided by coffin plates and detailed parish records. […]

Highlighting the plant that ' best symbolises London'

By john joyce on 24 Feb 2011

When we asked this question “nominate the plant or flower you think best symbolises London and we’ll aim to include in our new Central Courtyard” on our social media pages we noticed immediately that the Buddleia was the most popular response. And now, as the weather (we hope) turns milder, we are able to add a specially grown cutting to our Central Courtyard. Here you can see our Visitor Services Manager, Gerald, with Louise Nichols whose parents run a plant nursery and garden design business and who kindly donated the cutting to the Museum. The reason the buddleia proved to […]

The Big Issue vendor Hazel continues to capture street photography in London

By john joyce on 15 Feb 2011

Today we bring you Hazel’s final update following on from her first posting last week of photographs she is taking as part of a project in conjunction with The Big Issue to capture Big Issue vendors own unique view of London’s streets to form part of our exhibition London Street Photography which opens on Friday. Having been briefed to capture life as its happens on the street and avoid posed pictures, Hazel has contributed the following ‘street photographs’ for possible inclusion in the exhibition. This project finishes at the end of March after our fifth volunteer has submitted their images. It is planned that the chosen […]

Our The Big Issue vendors continue to provide unique street photography images

By john joyce on 8 Feb 2011

This weeks post is from Hazel, the second of our The Big Issue vendors, who have voluntered to take pictures representing their view of London streets according to their understanding of the ‘street photography’ criteria of un-posed, spontaneous moments. Here Hazel explains her initial thoughts on the project: “when I was told about this project and then given this camera, I thought, no, I have too much clutter in my mind to define what I see and what I want to say. But then what the heck I opened the shutter and these are some of the pictures I took”. Hazel also provided the captions that accompany these two images. […]

'Street photography' as seen through the camera of The Big Issue vendors in London

By john joyce on 24 Jan 2011

As part of our London Street Photography exhibition opening in February we are working with The Big Issue on a project to capture London streets from a different perspective. As a magazine and movement that was born and lives on the streets, The Big Issue has a unique take on life in the capital. With this in mind, a number of vendors around London have volunteered to take pictures over a two week period representing their view of London’s streets according to the ‘street photography’ criteria of un-posed, spontaneous moments that can sometimes provide a brief encounter or momentary juxtaposition. Vendors will also keep a diary […]