Planning to visit the Museum of London this half term with you family? To support the launch of HiddenCity’s (external link) interactive text message trail we are looking for a family who would be happy to be filmed using the trail in our galleries early next week. The film would then be posted onto the Museum of London’s YouTube Channel (external link) and mentioned in tweets (external link) and Facebook updates (external link). As a thank you for taking part we will provide you with £50 of museum shop vouchers to spend during your visit or save until Christmas. If you are […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Infographic: The Great Fire of London
Nearly 350 years ago the City of London faced one of its most famous disasters. To mark this occasion we’ve put together a handy infographic with some of the topline facts and figures – discover even more at the Museum of London’s free ‘War, Plague and Fire’ gallery!
London Street Views 1840
New to London? Here for business or perhaps a little shopping? Looking for a specific building? These days we might use the internet or our smartphones to find the right places and navigate around the city, technology of which the Victorian visitor to London could only dream.