Friday fish fry: From Billingsgate to WWII whalemeat

By sarah madden, blog editor on 5 Jun 2015
The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

Fridays have traditionally been synonymous with fish, thanks in most part to the Christian tradition of abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, but it seems this Friday in particular has been dubbed (on Twitter at least) ‘National Fish and Chip Day’. Well, Londoners love a chippy and as a river city it’s no surprise that there are literally hundreds of fishy objects in the Museum of London’s collection. In a nod to today’s new Fish and Chip Day holiday, here are some of our favourites…

1. Bob Collins‘ photographs of Billingsgate Fish Market in 1958 Read the full postRead the full post

#MuseumCats in objects

By sarah madden, blog editor on 30 Jul 2014

anti-suffrage postcards

Today is #MuseumCats Day. ‘What does that mean?’ I hear you ask. Well, it means that museums all over the world are taking to social media to share their own feline inspired collection objects – because who doesn’t love a picture of a cat? From satirical, anti-suffrage cats to ornamental cats, to mummified cats, here’s what we found when we delved into the Museum of London’s collection… Read the full postRead the full post

From the 1st to the 17th century and back again

By other museum staff on 17 Aug 2012

A year on from beginning life as a Project Assistant for Collections Online, Verity Anthony shares the range of work that she has been involved with over the last 12 months. When I started at the Museum my primary responsibilities were the digitisation of the Museum’s Roman samian ware and its collection of 17th century trade tokens. This hasn’t stopped me dabbling my toes in to other archaeological collections though… After a stint working with the trade tokens, I then had the opportunity to help supervise the photography of some of the Museum’s medieval pilgrim souvenirs. Pilgrim badges were purchased […]