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. […]

More from the PLA Archive: hoovering history!

By other museum staff on 20 Jul 2011

Following on from our recent posts concerning the documenting of the PLA Archive we now move on to the conservation process. Have you ever seen such beautifully wrapped volumes?! If only all the archive could look so neat! This is the work of Rosalind Foley, a student who has just completed a year’s training in paper conservation at University of the Arts, Camberwell. She loves to make boxes and re-package and is currently volunteering with us one day a week, helping to clean and pack the Port of London Authority Archive. Working alongside her are Dominic Flook and Kate Barber. […]

Take a minute to discover more about the PLA Archive

By other museum staff on 14 Jul 2011

Following on from Marie-Claire’s earlier blog post on documenting the Port of London Authority Archive , Marie-Claire now moves on to cataloguing the archive of the longest-lived of the dock companies, the East and West India Dock Company (EWIDC). This is a very different challenge: not only are there far more documents, but their structure is far more disrupted. Having learnt from our previous cataloguing, we decided to vary our approach. While it is essential to list some material at item level, others fall into sub-groups which can be adequately listed more briefly at series level.  This approach has been […]

Kingsway Exchange: The Secret History

By john joyce on 23 Jun 2011

Curator of Social and Working History, Jim Gledhill, discovers a hidden world under Holborn. Listen very carefully, he shall say this only once… One of my favourite gags in the Indiana Jones franchise is the scene in The Last Crusade when Jones says to the villain clutching a stolen artefact, “This belongs in a museum!” to which the bad guy replies, “So do you!” Sadly the life of a museum curator is not quite as adventurous as that of the fictional archaeologist, but every now and again we do get out and about to visit some unusual places. As a […]

Documenting the Port of London Authority Archive…

By john joyce on 16 Jun 2011

What do sugar, bridge construction, the Temperance Movement and the discovery of a pre-historic skeleton have in common? Well, they are just some of the subjects documented in the archive of the Port of London Authority (PLA) housed at the Museum of London Docklands. Cataloguer, Marie-Claire Wyatt, explains more: A few months ago the project to document the PLA Archive entered an exciting new stage, with the start of formal cataloguing. As you can see from the examples above, the archive has a very broad range of contents. However, its primary purpose is to document the history of the docks […]

London's Medieval 'Flatulist'

By meriel jeater on 11 Jan 2011

Recently I researched and presented a 30 minute tour of our medieval gallery on the subject of medieval entertainment. Researching the tour was very interesting and it was great to be able to highlight certain objects that visitors might not have thought as ‘entertaining’. I talked about ice-skating… …jousting, gambling with fradulent dice… …and archery among other pastimes. But one of the things I discovered during my research took me by surprise and I found so interesting I had to include it ( I hope no one was offended!)… There was a type of medieval entertainer who we might describe […]