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The Museum of London hopes to acquire a cross-section of the recently discovered ‘fatberg’ in Whitechapel

13 September 2017

Under the streets of London, an enormous ‘fatberg’ weighing 130 tonnes has been discovered in the sewers of Whitechapel. Consisting of wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil this huge deposit of fat is one of the largest ever found at 250 metres long and weighing the same as 11 double decker buses. It is blocking a stretch of Victorian sewer that is twice the length of two Wembley football pitches.

This rock-solid mass highlights some of the pressures modern life can impose on London’s historical infrastructures. Issues like this are discussed and explored in the museum’s City Now City Future season which deals with contemporary issues that cities around the world face.

Sharon Ament, Director at the Museum of London, said “The discovery of this fatberg highlights one of the many issues London has to deal with as it grows and evolves. Our year-long season, City Now City Future, explores what the future holds for people living in urban environments. It is important for the Museum of London to display genuine curiosities from past and present London. If we are able to acquire the fatberg for our collection I hope it would raise questions about how we live today and also inspire our visitors to consider solutions to the problems of growing metropolises. This could be one of the most extraordinary objects in any museum collection in London.”

The Museum of London is hoping to confirm the acquisition very soon and has opened a dialogue with Thames Water.

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