The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre.
The Museum of London Docklands is a museum on the Isle of Dogs, east London that tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands.
Tools dug from the hidden Walbrook river beneath London's streets reveal life in Roman Londinium.
Cataloging the treasures excavated from the River Thames gives a glimpse of London's working past.
One fireman's account of the worst night of the London Blitz shows the human side of the Second World War.
Discover the ice skating mania that gripped 1920s London, from frosty fashions to high society skate rinks.
Discover London through history Explore the stories behind the world's greatest city and uncover the hidden treasures of our collections.
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From Doctors & Dissection to Christina Broom and from Sherlock Holmes to Crime Museum Uncovered, we have items you can buy associated with our past and present exhibitions
We have a range of books on offer telling the stories about London, from our own publications to those published by other significant historical figures
1600 – present
Discover a city being transformed by vast new docks
The early 19th century brought great change to London's river and port. A huge docks complex was built on the Isle of Dogs, new bridges spanned the Thames and a tunnel was dug beneath it.
The City of London has always been closely tied to the river Thames, for transport, commerce and leisure. This gallery shows everything from ceremonial costumes to policeman's swords.
London was once the world's busiest whaling port. Sailors on whaling ships would pass the time by carving whale teeth, like this one.
This large cast-iron cauldron was used to render whale blubber into valuable oil. London South Sea whaling ships featured two of these pots in brick ovens on their decks.
The first ever tunnel beneath a navigable river, the Thames Tunnel was a miracle of engineering when it opened in 1843. London Overground trains still use the tunnel today.
These docks were built to increase and better control the shipping trade. The dock closest to the City of London opened in 1828, designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford.
These weapons were issued to men of the West India dock police, a private security force created by the dock company in 1802, to guard the valuable port and cargoes.
These 6 hand-coloured images of the Tunnel under the Thames was published the year construction began, and form an imagined view of how it would appear "when completed".
This coloured lithograph was made before the new St. Katherine's Docks were built in 1827-28. They show a scene of bustling prosperity that it was hoped the new docks would bring.
This painting shows the Bargeman wearing the rich scarlet uniform of his profession, embroidered with the Royal Arms.
This large and intricate model shows the ceremonial barge that carried the Lord Mayor of London on his annual procession along the river Thames until 1856.
The gallery is open during the museum's normal hours:
The gallery is on the second floor and can be accessed by lift.
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The museum holds extensive records and objects from London's docks
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