Friday, July 08, 2011

My Little London - The Museum of London

Visiting the Museum of London has been on my to do list for what seems like an age.  Originally it had just been my intention to take a peek at the London Street Photography exhibition but limiting yourself to just one area of this museum would be a great shame.

As it says on the website "The Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and its people" and what a marvellous job it does of it too.  Made up of 9 galleries (all free, even better!) from "London before London" right up to present day, it really was a pleasure to take a slow wander around.
Dress made in celebration of the Queens coronation 
Scarf commemorating the Festival of Britain
Jewellery from 1938 made by Woolworths
Pearly King of Islington suit
Lyons bakery packaging
Sainsbury's paste pot (Bloater paste was a popular sandwich choice for Sunday afternoon tea!)
Tin toys
Livery badge
Shoes made by Ignazio Pluchino for the Countess de Hamon, a fashionable society palm reader 
Lyons biscuit tin (these would have been sold in their restaurants situated at Marble Arch and Shaftesbury Avenue
Lyons food packaging
Trafalgar Square postcard, 1969
Patent Mary Jane style shoes, 1968
Shirt purchased from Alkasura, 1971
Evening dress in the "tubular" shape made popular in the 1920s
Egyptian style evening dress inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922

These were just my highlights from the museum, I encourage everyone to go and take a look but if you're not lucky enough to be in our lovely city why not have a browse through their online archives, they're equally fascinating!

London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


Anna said...

Wow! I am loving these photos! You've got such an eye for beautiful details!

scott davidson said...

I had fun choosing this particular painting online that now hangs in my downtown office, from, who sells canvas prints of art masterpieces. While the original is treasured in some art museum in England, my print, of this painting by Edward Burne-Jones is very much appreciated by my staff and clients. The print quality is really excellent.


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