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Look back through London's history, take a Dickens night walk or solve crimes with Sherlock, with this selection of apps and downloads from the Museum of London.
Streetmuseum gives you a unique perspective of old and new London whether you’re discovering the capital for the first time or revisiting favourite haunts. Hundreds of images from the Museum of London’s extensive collections showcase both everyday and momentous occasions in London’s history, from the Great Fire of 1666 to the swinging sixties.
Select a destination from our London map or use your GPS to locate an image near you. Hold your camera up to the present day street scene and see the same London location appears on your screen, offering you a window through time. Want to know more? Simply tap the information button for historical facts.
The Museum of London’s iPhone and iPad app, Dickens: Dark London, takes users on a journey through the darker side of Charles Dickens’ London.
Beautifully imagined by renowned illustrator David Foldvari, this interactive graphic novel follows Dickens on his night walks of London – the city he called his ‘magic lantern’ – where, as an insomniac, he roamed the streets gathering inspiration from the people and places he observed.
Accompanying audio, narrated by actor Mark Strong, gives voice to Dickens as passages from his works provide vivid descriptions of the Victorian capital. Bonus material featuring illustrated excerpts of some of Dickens’ most famous novels – from Bleak House to Oliver Twist – also brings to life the 19th century city that Dickens used as his muse and the backdrop for many of his greatest works.
The first edition of Dickens: Dark London is available free of charge from iTunes. Each subsequent edition is available to download for £1.49.
Streetmuseum Londinium directs you to locations across the capital where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman London. As you’re guided around the city you’ll unearth exquisite artefacts as if discovering them for the first time and reveal the stories of life in Londinium. From leather bikini briefs to hoards of gold coins, you can digitally excavate Roman artefacts where they were found, using your finger to dig or by simply blowing on your iPhone (blow mode only available on iPhone).
Key Roman sites in London, such as the amphitheatre at Guildhall, are brought to life through augmented reality video – produced by HISTORY™ – which re-enacts scenes of Roman London against today’s modern backdrop. Soundscapes also allow you to listen to the hustle and bustle of the forum or the sounds of ritual incantation at the Temple of Mithras. (AR mode only available on iPhone).
All these immersive experiences are brought together on a new map of Roman London – compiled and produced by Museum of London Archaeology – which is superimposed on a modern map of the capital, allowing you to see how the city has changed and grown over the last 2,000 years.
‘You see, but you do not observe’
Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson, A Scandal in Bohemia, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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 on an atmospheric audio tour through the City of London’s streets and narrow alleys.
Designed to be experienced in pairs – much like Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson move through the city in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories - the narration encourages you to observe the city, its inhabitants and buildings and to peel back its complex layers and stories.
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Create real postcards from the Museum of London's Photographic and Art collections, or use one of your own photos. We will print and post it to your friends and family anywhere in the world. Each postcard helps to support the Museum of London, and the Museum of London Docklands.
Hear first-hand accounts of the first air raids on London, by zeppelins during the First World War.
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Watch this video charting the history of Smithfield general market, planned site of the new Museum of London.
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From pilots to punks, the bomber jacket has become an iconic piece of London fashion.