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Museum of London

The Museum of London tells the story of the city and its people. It cares for more than 2 million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe. The London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) and the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology form part of the Museum of London’s Department of Archives and Archaeological Collections.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,256,125
  • 2013-2014: £1,240,354
  • 2014-2015: £1,234,968

Video feed

London Museum Development 2015: Looking back, looking forward

The London Museum Development team exists to drive development and to deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in London’s non-national museums. Find out more about the programme (based at the Museum of London) at

We are London

What would go into a new museum for London? Londoners, including Nick Ferrari, Rachel Yankey, Grayson Perry and Ainsley Harriott think about which objects they'd put into their own Museum of London and Sharon Ament, Director of the museum, sets forth our ambitions for the future.

KS2 Prehistory - Stone Age flint knapping What was life like for people living in the Stone Age? Watch how an axehead is made through a process called flint knapping and learn from our young curators, who introduce you to the different periods of the Stone Age by examining artefacts.

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KS2 Prehistory – The Bronze Age How did people make tools from metal during the Bronze Age? This short video, introduced by children, demonstrates how a bronze axe is cast using Bronze Age technologies.

Bohemians in London What is a bohemian? Was there ever such thing as Bohemian London and can it still be found today? Curator Beatrice Behlen searches for Bohemia in the city, with the help of Viktor Wynd.

The Silvertown explosion of 1917

Curator Georgina Young looks back to the largest single explosion ever experienced in London – the Silvertown disaster, which took place in the Brunner Mond explosives plant on 19 January 1917. To delve deeper into the history of London’s docklands, and to see some of the images featured in this video, visit the Museum of London Docklands. A number of the images featured in this video are used under IWM's Use and Reshare Non Commercial License. You can find them and similar materials on their website here:

Tinie Tempah models bespoke London Tweed suit

A look behind the scenes as London Collections: Men ambassador Tinie Tempah has his Museum of London tweed suit fitted at Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. Created in a brand new 'London Tweed', inspired by our latest Sherlock Holmes exhibition, this three-piece suit will make its debut at the AW15 London Collections: Men shows before being acquired into the fashion collection. Also featuring interviews with Museum of London curator Timothy Long as well as tailor and BBC Two's 'Great British Sewing Bee' star Patrick Grant.

A Hollow Body

‘You see, but you do not observe’ Created in partnership with collaborative art collective, Circumstance, A Hollow Body is an interactive mobile app with an evocative music score and narration that guides two people through London’s streets and narrow alleys. It seeks to encourage users to become acquainted with the city in new and surprising ways.

World War One Zeppelin raids on London

The First World War was not confined to formal battlefields. Bombing raids meant that Londoners faced death and destruction on their own doorsteps. The first zeppelin raid on London during World War I took place on 31 May 1915. Raids would continue on the capital until 1917. Interviewees recall taking cover as a zeppelin appears over the Thames, being carried down to a synagogue (shul) basement during a raid as a child and a devastating raid near the London docks as a schoolchild. A huge thank you to all of the interviewees who agreed to share their memories with the Museum of London.

Sherlock Holmes and the Art of Victorian London Inspired by the Museum of London's latest Sherlock Holmes exhibition, and featuring artworks on display, curators Pat Hardy and Alex Werner look at some of the defining characteristics of Victorian art in the capital. To buy selected prints of featured photographs and paintings, see List of artworks featured in this video, in order of appearance: An omnibus and hansom cabs on High Holborn 1902, unknown photographer © Museum of London The National Gallery c.1890, unknown photographer © Museum of London Illustrated map of london © Museum of London The district railway map of London 5th edition, W.J. Adams © Museum of London George Washington Wilson, Bank of England c.1890 © Museum of London John O'Connor, From Pentonville Road Looking West Evening, 1884 © Museum of London P. Stahl, A Hansom Cab Stand, 1889 © Museum of London George William Joy, The Bayswater Omnibus, 1895 © Museum of London George Washington Wilson, Queen Victoria Street c.1890 © Museum of London George Washington Wilson, A view of the Strand looking west, c.1890 © Museum of London William Wyllie, Panorama Bird's eye view of London 1884 © Museum of London Joseph Pennell, The Strand in the rain, with illuminated sign 'Tit Bits' © Museum of London Francis Forster, The Regent Street Quadrant at Night, 1897 © Museum of London Alvin Langdon Coburn, Tower Bridge, 1909 © Museum of London Frederick A. Winkfield, Evening in the Pool, River Thames, 1890 © Museum of London Jacques Emile Blanche, Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1907 © Museum of London Frederick A. Winkfield, Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament 1890 © Museum of London John Crowther, Panoramic view from the top of the Monument, c.1890 © Museum of London John Anderson, Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament seen from the River, 1872 Elevated view of Cheapside, looking east to St Mary Le Bow, Unknown photographer © Museum of London London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, Regent Circus, 1888 © Museum of London Alvin Langdon Coburn, The House of Parliament, 1909 © Museum of London Alvin Langdon Coburn, St Paul's from Ludgate Circus, 1909 © Museum of London Alvin Langdon Coburn, St Paul's from the river, 1909 © Museum of London

Sherlock Holmes exhibition launch party The great and the good were at the Museum of London on 16th October to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition, Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die. Among the guests were Sir Ian McKellen, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, writer Anthony Horowitz and BBC Sherlock writer and actor Mark Gatiss.

Sir Ian McKellen on Sherlock Holmes To coincide with the opening of the Museum of London's Sherlock Holmes exhibition, Sir Ian McKellen offers his own thoughts on the character and discusses his enduring appeal. Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die is at the Museum of London between 17 October 2014 - 12 April 2015.

The Museum of London's Sherlock Holmes Tweed

Inspired by our new Sherlock Holmes exhibition, the Museum of London have worked with Christys' Hats, Liberty London and Lovat Mill in Scotland to create a brand new London tweed. Shop for your own London Tweed at:

Sherlock Holmes inspired photography by Kasia Wozniak He wasn’t an easy gentleman to describe, photographs by Kasia Wozniak / FREE exhibition 15 October 2014 – 1 March 2015, Museum of London The adventures of the world’s most famous fictional detective and master of disguise, Sherlock Holmes, inspire a new fashion photography series commissioned by the Museum of London. Featuring images by photographer, Kasia Wozniak, captured on a specially adapted field camera dating from 1890 using the wet plate collodion process, where a glass or metal plate is coated using special chemicals, sensitized, exposed and developed in a darkroom within the span of around ten minutes.

Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London Get ready to discover the world of a man who never lived and will never die... Through early film, photography, painting and original artefacts this new exhibition at the Museum of London delves into the mind of the greatest fictional Londoner - Sherlock Holmes.

Volunteer Regiments and London Drill Halls in WWI

The Museum of London's Roy Stephenson visits RADA Studios in London, the site of a former Drill Hall used by Volunteer Regiments in WWI.

What does the London 2012 Cauldron mean to you? A new gallery at the Museum of London will celebrate Thomas Heatherwick's cutting edge design for the London 2012 Cauldron and the unforgettable moment it was revealed to the world during the Olympic opening ceremony. We asked people involved with the Games "what does the London 2012 Cauldron mean to you?".

Travis Elborough on London Bridge

What's your favourite bridge? For writer Travis Elborough it's London Bridge. A structure whose legacy spans centuries and architectual styles. The bridge of traitors' heads on spikes, Oliver Twist steps and commuters.

Looking after Tower Bridge The City of London's Assistant Director of Engineering, Paul Monaghan, looks after five bridges in the city. In this short video Paul reveals why for him, Tower Bridge will always come first. Discover how artists have painted, photographed, filmed and drawn Tower Bridge in a new FREE art exhibition, 'Bridge', at the Museum of London Docklands.

Opening night of Bridge exhibition

On 26 June 2014 we celebrated the opening of Bridge at Museum of London Docklands. In his welcome speech Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, asked our guests to vote for their favourite London bridge. What's yours?

New exhibition 'Bridge' at the Museum of London Docklands Bridge, 27 June - 2 November 2014 FREE Dan Cruickshank leads a boatful of bridge enthusiasts down the Thames in celebration of new art exhibition 'Bridge' at the Museum of London Docklands. Great feats of engineering and architectural works of beauty, the city bridges we cross everyday are as iconic to London as Big Ben and red phone boxes. This new exhibition looks at artists' responses to these impressive structures, taking a closer look at what many of us take for granted on our daily journeys through London. Please note: the exhibition opens on 27 June, not 28 June as mentioned above.

The House of Muses House of Muses is a temporary, striking installation outside the Museum of London, part of the London Festival of Architecture. The structure, designed by London-Zurich-based collective GRUPPE invites visitors to think about what a museum could and should be. You can view the structure outside the Museum of London every day between 10am-6pm, open until 21 September 2014.

Volunteering at the Museum of London Want to volunteer with us at the Museum of London? Hear stories from current museum volunteers in this video, filmed across our three sites and featuring lots of different kinds of activities. We're always on the look out for enthusiastic people to learn about life at a busy museum, so if you're interested follow the website link above, or email

Christina Broom Curator of Photographs, Anna Sparham, talks about an exciting new acquisition of photography from Christina Broom - including incredible images of soldiers heading to the Front for WWI.

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