Our colleagues at Exploring 20th Century London have been undertaking some work recently to share audio from our collection online via themed web hosted slide-shows and have found this to be a successful medium to bring oral history to interested audiences. Following on from their audio slide-show ‘Semi-detached London: 1930s Suburbia’ . Jason and the team have recently launched ‘Operation Pied Piper: Evacuating London’s Children’ This slide-show explores the experiences of children as they left the capital to escape the threat of enemy bombers during World War II. The slide-show is curated by museum curator Jim Gledhill, who is also curating future slide-shows on 1950s kids’ […]
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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.
A few weeks ago I found myself surrounded by fascists. I was on my way to the West End when at Tower Hill station a large group of French-speaking men with assorted girlfriends and wives (I presume) entered my tube carriage.
I Love You…I Love You Not: Victorian Valentine’s Day cards
When the Uniform penny post rocked up in 1840, it completely revolutionised the way in which people communicated. Sending letters and cards, such as those celebrating Valentine’s Day, became easier and cheaper and as a result a thriving business developed in central London.