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 […]

Pleasure gardens and music

By star guest on 13 Feb 2012

Ahead of tomorrow’s Pleasure Garden Ball, one of the musical acts for the evening take us on a stroll through the history of pleasure gardens and their musical links… Imagine a place where the beautiful people gather to hear the latest songs performed by the most fashionable musicians on outdoor stages, where fancy dress events end in disorder and debauchery, there is dancing all night, and the ordinary folk don their finest to indulge in a bit of celebrity-spotting…. You may be forgiven for thinking that I am talking about Glastonbury, with Shirley Bassey and her diamante-encrusted wellingtons, or Kate […]

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 […]

Behind the mask as we prepare for Tuesday's Pleasure Garden Ball

By other museum staff on 12 Feb 2012

Over the last few weeks in between pouring over the carefully timed, actioned packed programme for our Pleasure Garden Ball, our Adult Events team have been enjoying themselves preparing for what has become our annual Valentine’s Day Late event. They have mulled over serious quandaries such has how many people will want to decorate and wear their own masquerade mask? How can we help spark some new romances on the night? And just how many bars do we need? Last year’s Valentine Late – part of the Adult Events informal learning programme – saw the Museum full with visitors, who learnt seductive […]

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 […]

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 […]

'Boys and Girls' by Paul Burston

By star guest on 7 Feb 2011

As Jimmy Somerville sang many years ago, there’s more to love than boy meets girl. Which is one of the reasons I chose to edit a short story collection called ‘Boys and Girls’. The book contains stories of young lesbian and gay love, and what better time to celebrate love in all its many varieties than on Valentine’s Day? For Valentine’s @ Late I’ll be joined by several contributors to the book, including Stonewall Award-winning author Stella Duffy Former Write Queer London winner Keith Jarrett Performance poet Sophia Blackwell And writer Joe Storey-Scott   There’ll be tales of teenage crushes, […]

The Celestial Bed installation by Bompas & Parr

By star guest on 2 Feb 2011

For Valentine’s Day 2011 Bompas & Parr is recreating James Graham’s Celestial Bed in the Museum of London. Visitors will be able to experience London’s most notorious bed and drink Bompas & Parr’s love philter which incorporates phenyethlyeamine, the world’s only known aphrodisiac. Bompas & Parr is working with illustrator Emma Rios on the design of the Celestial Bed that will be exhibited alongside the Lord Mayor’s Coach at the Museum of London’s City site. Historic context Dr James Graham (1745-1794) was a medical entrepreneur, quack and pioneer in sex therapy with a genius for spectacle. Having learnt the principles […]

Valentine's @late

By lucy inglis on 31 Jan 2011

  Valentine’s Day….I know, I know. BUT, this year why not avoid the over-priced roses and crowded restaurants and come to the Museum of London where there’s all sorts of fun things happening: readings, dance classes, vintage Valentines and most exciting of all (for a serious historian like me, obviously) is that the Museum will be blowing the dust from its collection of erotic objects. In partnership with Polari and Coco de Mer, it promises to be an evening with a difference. Call 020 7001 9844 to book and more details here.