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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Museum of London (St Pauls)

The Museum of London has nine permanent galleries which are open to the public. The galleries are free to enter and depicts the story of London from prehistoric times until the present day.

The story of London is told in 3 main period galleries called

- The Expanding City (1666-1850s)
- People's City (1850s - 1940s)
- World City (1950s - today)

Apart from this there is also the City gallery which houses the Lord Mayors Coach which is now more than 250 years old.


Romans had built a city called Londinium where London stands tall today. Londinium was the largest city in Britannia from around AD50 to AD410. The Roman Gallery in the museum houses reconstructed rooms and models, craft tools, glass vessels and other artefacts from this era.


The river Thames in AD 50 was about 300 metres wide at low tide (its 100 metres today). At hight tide it would have been over 1000 metres wide with shallow water covering lowland Southwark.



The Temple of Mithras is a Roman temple whose ruins were discovered in London, during rebuilding work in year 1954. Many scupltures and artefacts were recovered during that time. These also find a place in the Roman Gallery in the Museum.


The clockwork wagon pictured below was given to the Mercers by Master William Burde in 1573. The wagon was made in Germany and ran along the table and the tun(cask) sprinkled rosewater over the diner's hands.


Pictured below is jewellery from the 1830's to 1840's



The Mantua (a kind of formal dress) was worn by Ann Fanshawe when she was Lady Mayoress of the City of London. The mantua has a wide skirt held up by panniers. The dress pattern uses 14 different colored threads and four types of silver wire. It is estimated that the dress would have taken a master waever 6 months to complete.


Pleasure Gardens (in the Expanding City section) beautifully recreates late 18th century pleasure gardens right from period costumes and specially commissioned masks and hats all made by the contemporary milliner Philip Treacy.




A Vespa Scooter from 1959.




The World City section has an interactive river with architectural landmarks including St Paul’s, the Gherkin and London Eye.


The People's City gallery includes a stunning art deco lift from Selfridges. On the day we visited there was a Lift serviceman too.


Location:
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

Timings:
Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
The galleries normally begin to close at 5.40pm
Closed: 24 to 26 December

How to reach:
By tube: Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate
By bus: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242, 521

Contact:
General enquiries
tel: 020 7001 9844
fax: 020 7001 1058







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