War, Plague and Fire (1550s-1660s)

A turbulent time of great expansion and terrible devastation.

War, Plague and Fire gallery object
War, Plague and Fire gallery object
War, Plague and Fire gallery object
War, Plague and Fire gallery object
War, Plague and Fire gallery object


The War, Plague and Fire gallery tells the story of London from Elizabethan times, through the ravages of the English Civil Wars and the cataclysmic disasters of the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666.

Rich displays of artefacts and documents bring to life the key events of this period from the execution of King Charles I to the 100,000 deaths of the Great Plague and the destruction of the Great Fire, which razed a third of the city.

Don't miss:

  • A detailed model of the Rose Theatre where Shakespeare performed
  • Oliver Cromwell’s death mask
  • A fireman’s helmet from the late 1600s

For more information on the Great Fire of London, visit our special London’s Burning website.

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