Fakes and clever imitations have played an important role in London’s fashion history. Often unable to afford the real deal, Londoners on a budget sought out clever imitations to stay à la mode! We look at some brilliant fakes from our collection.
The museum's Vegetable Dolls are amazing hand-made dolls depicting a range of extraordinary characters. But before we could put these century-old dolls on display, we had to restore them to their former glory.
Some of the most beautiful objects in the London collection are those produced by the famous Whitefriars glassworks of James Powell and Sons. In partnership with the Museum of London, Headstone Manor in Harrow have for the first time digitised a 19th century book of designs revealing the inspiration for some of the striking Whitefriars Glass in our collections.
Smaller than a five pence coin, the smallest dragon resides in storage at the Museum of London. An object of fascination, almost nothing is known about it, aside from that it was made and used in medieval London.
Claire Partington’s version of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, Venus, is also an amalgamation of Hindu mythology, Renaissance Madonna and a modern everyday woman. We take a deep dive into the different references that can be seen in this fantastic ceramic figure.
From Roman Londinium and 18th-century coffee houses to modern-day Tube stations, London has been home to a vibrant and varied ceramic tile industry for centuries. Here’s a reminder, as we walk the streets of London, to look up and around ourselves, and enjoy this city of tiles.
What happens when we go Easter egg hunting across the museum’s 7-million-strong collection? In our egg-citing basket, we found a real medieval egg, those with sombre WWII associations, a quirky egg-heeled shoe, a mysterious egg by the River Thames, and so much more! We’re not egg-agerating when we say it’s an egg-cellent collection.
The Museum of London's Archaeological Archive houses a vast collection of more than one million objects, far more than we can display in our galleries. Delving into our stores, Glynn Davis selects three of the smallest items from our Roman collections, each with a big story behind them.
Love can be strange, and sometimes, so can tokens of love. Looking through the Museum of London’s extensive collection, we throw the spotlight on some quirky ‘love tokens’ with an element of craft, which have both romanticism (of creating something with one’s own hands) and practicality (spoons, stay busks or ironing boards!). Interestingly, the similarity of many of these customs range from Europe to Asia!