How suffragette poster art helped women get the vote

By james read, guest blog author on 16 Jul 2015
'The Vote Girl', Suffrage Atelier poster

‘The Vote Girl’, Suffrage Atelier

The fight for female voting rights was a long and difficult one – even once a national campaign began in the 1870s (after a woman was allowed to vote by mistake), it would take another 60 years for all adult women to be allowed to vote. Political posters were used heavily to enlist support at rallies and counteract the negative caricatures of suffragists being used in the press.

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Time for a reshuffle… Playing cards in the collection

By sarah madden, blog editor on 11 May 2015


Card games have long been a traditional pastime of Londoners, and as our collection demonstrates, they often serve as a window into a particular period of history. In the spirit of today’s ‘reshuffle’, here are some of the card games and game inspired objects on display or in the archives at the Museum of London.
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Happy St George’s Day

By adam corsini on 23 Apr 2015

Happy St George’s Day one and all!



St George’s story goes back to the Roman period and although his birth year is much disputed, most agree that his death occurred on this day, 23rd April, in AD303. But it’s the Medieval period when we start to see the saint’s image depicted on objects in our collection. Check out these 14th Century floor tiles found at Temple Church,Fleet street. Read the full postRead the full post

A brief history of Smithfield

By alex werner, head of history collections on 26 Mar 2015

Painting of 'A Bird's Eye View of Smithfield Market taken from the Bear and Ragged Staff'

Smithfield is one of London’s special places. Its lanes, alleys and courts on the edge of the market still follow a medieval street plan. Smithfield has its own distinctive character and feel. The bumarees or market porters with their white coats and hats, often smeared with blood, mingle with office and hospital workers. It is a locality at work both day and night. In the evenings, crowds spill out from the pubs and bars, while drivers park lorries laden with meat ready for the early morning market. Read the full postRead the full post

A very merry Victorian Christmas

By dominika erazmus on 24 Dec 2014


Christmas time with its festive atmosphere, long-kept traditions and joyful merrymaking is such an essential part of our calendar that it’s difficult to imagine things have not always been this way. However, before Queen Victoria’s rule, Christmas was hardly celebrated in Britain. Read the full postRead the full post

The origins of Christmas pudding

By sarah madden, blog editor on 22 Dec 2014
© Simone Walsh via Flickr

© Simone Walsh via Flickr

Christmas pudding has long been a staple of Londoners’ festive tables. Traditionally incorporating dried fruits, spices, sugar and alcohol this festal favourite is a representation of extensive British trade – and of the exotic bounty brought through London’s docks at the peak of Empire. Read the full postRead the full post

Sherlock style: Q+A with artist Kasia Wozniak

By sarah madden, blog editor on 15 Oct 2014


As part of our Sherlock Holmes season at the Museum of London, we commissioned London-based photographer Kasia Wozniak to create a new fashion photography series inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. We caught up with her at her studio in South London and asked her a few questions ahead of her exhibition opening… Read the full postRead the full post