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    London Making Now

    From 24 September 2021

    Discover unique objects from contemporary London-based makers and learn more about craft and making in modern London in this new free display.

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    The Clash: Paul Simonon's bass guitar

    From 23 July 2021

    Join us at the museum for an exclusive chance to see Paul Simonon's smashed Fender bass in our World City gallery.

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    Talking Point: London is the place for me

    From 3 September 2021

    What does being a ‘Londoner’ mean to you? A new museum needs new ideas. We want to know what you think.

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    Votes for Women virtual exhibition

    Experience our landmark Votes for Women display, originally open from February 2018-March 2019, for free online as a virtual exhibition. Explore the remarkable history of the Suffragettes and the legacy of the Deeds Not Words campaign, through videos, key collection items and much more.

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    Disease X virtual exhibition

    Disease X: London’s next epidemic? was a temporary exhibition at the museum from November 2018 to March 2019. With the content now live online, find out what history can tell us about past epidemics and their impact on London.

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  • Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the scene of Becket’s martyrdom. An inscription at the base of the badge reads 'THOMAS MA’ (meaning ‘Thomas Martyr’). Becket is on his knees in front of an altar with four knights attacking him. Behind the altar stands the figure of Edward Grim, a clerk who tried to stop Becket’s murder. One of the knights carries a shield with two bears’ heads on it, identifying him as Reginald Fitzurse (through the visual pun on the Latin ‘ursus’, meaning ‘bear’). Fitzurse was the knight popularly believed to have struck final blow that killed Becket. An irregular line running across the badge suggests that it was made in a cracked mould.


    From 14 February 2020

    Undertake your own mini-pilgrimage and discover the extraordinary life of St Thomas Becket through our collection of pilgrim badges.

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  • Photography in London.

    Beyond Documentary

    From 27 April 2018

    Take a look at the experimental London photography collected by the museum over the past three years.

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