Museum of London

A fairly young museum for such an ancient city. Built on the old Roman Wall, in the City of London, not to be confused with larger London. Only around for about 20 years, this has the largest urban collection of 6 million items, in the world.

The Arrival - St. Paul Tube Station

The Museum of London is a fairly young museum for such an ancient city. It's built on the old Roman Wall in the City of London, not to be confused with the larger London metropolitan area. Despite being around for only about 50 years, this has the largest urban collection in the world with 6 million items.

The Arrival - St. Paul Tube Station

Arriving in the heart of The City, as it seems only proper to do so. I walked north a couple blocks from Saint Paul's Cathedral and over some pedestrian bridges to the museum.
Let's go swimming!


How old do you think London is? 2,000 years? Well, that's a bit off. It has been a center of habitation for around 45,000 years. Stick that in your hat, Rome.
Fairly typical chirt and flint implements, plus a lot of tools from other natural items like bone These items would do quite a number on flesh, protected or not
Then, the locals discovered metal vs. stone. The Bronze Age was not a joke here.
Civilized and well-armed, the early British were a force to be reckoned with Well, who knew horns were in fashion that season?
Of course London hit the world stage with the Romans, and they invested heavily with money and men in England ensuring their spot for hundreds of years.
So much Roman history, people lived well back then, in a way that is hard to imagine or believe but comes close to our standard and comfort of living The museum was built actually at the old Roman Wall, and you can see a defense point just outside the windows
Next came the dark or middle ages, and were they ever dark. It was a time of disease, squalor and a rollback of civilization.
Oh rats!  Yep, confirmed, not just a rumor, these buggers carried the plague all over
Things started looking up in the 1200s, and the city grew immensely until 1668, the year of the great fire which leveled the city.
1668 photo of the great fire, F6, 1/24 exposure, ISO 800
The city regrew and as it became a huge center of population, then pressures of the times began to impact the lower classes and the government was too busy with the rich to keep up.
Oh, you're in debt?  Well, let's put you in jail and charge you for it, so you get MORE in debt.  Terrible circle Families sometimes lived for decades in these cells
London is probably most famous for the Victorian time period, when culture and refinement was directed from the top down.
In that day you had to pay to visit parks, until the Queen opened up a lot her lands for the people Consumerism, and here the start of scumbags with 5000% interest on loans against those who could least afford it, were mainstream
And this rolled nicely into WW1 and the Suffrage movement, which was surprisingly violent.
This war, more than any other cost England the most in human life These ladies while fighting for the right to vote, bombed quite a few places.  Shocking
The city was heavily hit in WW2, but there is very little of that represented in the museum. Then onto the Modern (Mod baby!) era, and we have traversed the collections.


Located within the old city of London, close to a very unfortunate section called the Barbican, this is the bright spot in the area. Takes a couple hours easy to visit this museum. Weekdays are filled with school groups, but it's really cool and so much actual history.
Yes, my often shown shot of the museum shop

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