Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, has recently said: “Following the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, it is more important than ever to show that our city is united and the capital will continue to be open for business and open to the world.”
“London is open” isn’t a new attitude. For as long as London has existed, it’s been strongly connected to the rest of the world, through both migration and trade. We wanted to show how London’s identity is rooted in its history as a global city, through 15 objects with cosmopolitan connections.
Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, has said: “For two thousand years London has been a global city taking in people, goods and ideas from across the world. Almost every item in our collection is a reminder of London’s connectivity to the rest of the world and openness as a city. It is a story we proudly tell in our galleries and exhibitions. The Museum of London tells the story of a London that has been open to everyone since its very beginning and, I hope, a London that will continue to be into the future.”
1. The Lant Street teenager, AD 100 - 400