To what extent does London appear in films based on Charles Dickens’ books? What does David Lean’s use of St Paul’s dome in his 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist say about the city’s landscape? And does his imagery really take inspiration from the French draughtsman Gustave Doré? Read on to explore the connection between Dickens, Doré and London.
Museums are full of amazing objects exhibited in the galleries, but unbeknown to many, they also house a number of archive collections — much of which are stored behind the scenes. These collections largely consist of records and documentary material which help us uncover hidden but fascinating stories buried deep in paperwork! Here we put the spotlight on some such documents that showcase interesting aspects of London’s docklands and its inner workings, ranging from clandestine wine tastings to a special female police force.
What does Sam's silverware tell us about Pepys and his times?
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.
Explore the stories of the world's greatest city and uncover the hidden treasures of our collections.
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