Yesterday I was in Central London for a training event and since I got there one hour ahead of time I decided to pop into the Museum of London to check it out. I have never been there before and the weather outside was awful so why not? Of course, since it was unplanned I didn’t have my camera with me, but I’ll use the excuse of ‘it’s phoneography month’… I took all the pictures with my not-so-technological phone and that’s why they are dark and blurred. Anyway…
I started my visit in the gallery called ‘London before London’ where prehistory of the territory that today constitutes London is exhibited: rudimental instruments and some skulls are the main attraction here..
Then history took me to the Roman age, when London, or rather Londinium was actually created and connected to other places in the country. Marble sculptures reminded me of ancient greatness.
I carried on my journey through history in the Medieval Gallery, where stories of invasions, famine, fire and struggle are told by objects, paintings and more.
(Now, this second picture might seem weird to most of us, and it is. But It’s actually quite smart the way people at the Museum planned this part of the exhibition, putting together object from the past and from the present to tell us where we’re coming from and maybe where we’re going… anyway, this particular window was showing the changing of taste of Londoners, who started appreciating Mediterranean products coming from trade and commercial exchanges… )
The object that struck me the most in the gallery named ‘War, Plague and Fire’ representing history from 1550s to 1660s, was a detailed model of the Rose Theatre where Shakespeare performed. At first I thought it was the globe because of the shape and setting, but then I realised that the outer walls are quite different..
After 1660 London expanded quickly, fashion and traditions changed and new materials became available thanks to international trade, like silk for this exquisite dress..
From 1850 to 1940 London became a ‘People’s city’, although divided between rich & poor people.. The Victorian Walk which recreates a street full of shops gives a little insight in how life was like at that time…
London faced wealth, followed by war and poverty..
But it came out from all of it as a vibrant, young city made for being a World city as it is today, with people from all cultures wanting to live here…
The Museum ends its exhibition in the ‘City Gallery’ where the Lord Mayor’s Coach occupies the whole hall…
How to get there by tube: Central line, St Paul’s or Barbican and then you can reach it easily following the street signs (2-3 min walk)