Is that the main thing you’d like visitors to take away?
For me, the most important thing is the impact that the fire had on people. Often, we talk about how the fire changed London structurally, or architecturally- the rebuilding of St. Paul’s, for example. But as I researched this exhibition, what struck me most were the personal stories that came out. Over 100,000 people were made homeless by the fire- how did they cope?
We’ve used personal accounts to portray the human side of the disaster, via letters that were written after the fire. You can listen to those stories, and see the original letters from 1666. We also have many objects that people lost during the Great Fire after they were forced to abandon their homes- from padlocks to beautiful glassware, all melted and scarred by the flames.