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Exhibition
For: Adults
Rec age: 12+
Entry: Tickets from £13
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Public executions were a major part of Londoners’ lives for centuries.

From Smithfield to Southwark, from Banqueting House to Newgate Prison, executions became embedded in London’s landscape from the 12th century right through to the 19th. Even today, hints of this uncomfortable past can still be seen across the capital.

From October, the Museum of London Docklands is bringing the rarely told and often tragic human stories behind these events to a new exhibition. Executions will showcase a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections, including the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I when he was executed, a recreation of the Tyburn gallows with an immersive projection, last letters of the condemned, and much more. Many of the items going on display have rarely been seen in public.

This is your chance to discover how, over nearly 700 years, public executions came to shape the city we know today.

Exclusive offer: Pre-order the Executions official exhibition book with your tickets and save 20% on the book price.

Visitors are advised that there are human remains on display in this exhibition, and content which may not be suitable for younger children. The recommended age is 12+. Children under the age of 12 are welcome in the exhibition at the discretion of their parents/carers.

Rarely seen items tell the story of London's public executions

Exhibition
For: Adults
Rec age: 12+
Entry: Tickets from £13
Book now

Gallery access

Chris Ellmers Gallery and the Rum Store

10:15-16:30

The exhibition is split across 2 galleries, both of which are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible. Please speak to one of our hosts on arrival if you need any assistance.