Uncover London's lost waterways. Once vital to Londoner's lives, many of these rivers have been abandoned or concealed beneath our streets. Let's look at how two of these, the Rivers Wandle and Lea, have changed over the centuries.
The rivers of London have changed immeasurably over the years, from sources of drinking and washing water supporting small communities, to open drains choked with industrial pollution and human waste. The construction of the great Victorian sewer network buried so many of London's languishing streams beneath brick and concrete, and Londoners began to forget their rivers. But over the last century, once-secret rivers are now being rediscovered; some like the Lea Valley have been made cleaner and greener.
The Secret Rivers exhibition closed 27 October 2019.
The triple threat: this medieval toilet seats three
A communal toilet seat from the 12th century reveals the underside of life in medieval London. See it on display as part of our Secret Rivers exhibition.
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Five fantastic and weird dolls discovered in our fashion collections.
The Stone Age skull rescued from the river
Some of the oldest human remains ever found in the Thames: but who was this Stone Age man and what was Neolithic London like?