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Friday, 29 May 2015

Museum of London - What's new in June at the Museum of London?

Don't miss Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom, a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands showcasing the works of the UK's first female press photographer. This free exhibition will feature images of London at the start of the 20th century never seen before on public display.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talkswalks,photography workshopslate openings, special events for families and the first publication dedicated to the extraordinary story of Christina Broom.
What's new this month
A new display at the Museum of London marks the 100th anniversary of the first Zeppelin raids on London, and reflects on their impact on the city.
Can you help us collect stories of swimming in the Thames past and present from legendary leaps and long distance feats to paddles at Tower Beach. A selection of stories will be used in a display at the Museum of London.

See battle commence with the return of the Gladiator Games at the Guildhall Yard from 8-16 August.

This live action summer spectacular on the site of London's only Roman amphitheater will take you back to Roman Londinium to see warriors clash, hear the crowd roar, and choose who walks free.

Use promocode GLADIATOR20 to get 20% off adult tickets.


Curator, Anna Sparham, Edwardian postcard expert, Guy Atkins and women’s history specialist Di Atkinson, discuss the photographer's remarkable career on Thursday 25 June at the Museum of London Docklands.
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Explore some of London’s unique imports, handle Elizabethan east end booty, and explore exotic imports from around the globe at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive on Saturday 6 & 20 June.

An opportunity for families with children under the age of 13 with an Autistic Spectrum Condition to visit the galleries before the Museum of London opens on Saturday 13 June.
Got little ones to inspire with photography? Like Christina Broom, embrace technology and get snapping together with our free Digital Creating event onSaturday 27 June at the Museum of London Docklands.

Families can learn about the legacy of the Huguenots in London through crafts and storytelling at a free event at the Museum of London on Sunday 28 June.

Two-Course Meal With Wine For Two (£29) or Four (£57) at The Bull and the Hide (Up to 51% Off)

The Deal - Guests can choose from a diverse array of British fusion cuisine in this two-course meal, served with a glass of wine. Main courses include the likes of lobster and prawn burger with fries and marie-rose sauce; braised neck of lamb with savoy cabbage and carrot puree; and potato gnocchi with beetroot pesto and pea shoots. It’ll be followed by a dessert such as chocolate truffle cake with peanut butter and calvados cream; or plum crumble with rhubarb ripple ice cream. The meal will be accompanied by a 175ml glass of red or white wine.

Choose Between Two Options

  • £29 for Two-course meal with wine for two (50% off)
  • £57 for Two-course meal with wine for four (51% off)

The Merchant

The Bull and the Hide is a contemporary pub and boutique hotel located just off Liverpool Street station. The ground floor restaurant’s menu features an array of classic and seasonal pub grub, as well as an extensive wine list, craft beers and a range of ciders. Upstairs eatery The Hide features a more refined selection of dishes, with its artwork and soft lighting making it suitable for business lunches and romantic meals alike. Above the dining establishments are seven individually-designed hotel rooms with their own private entrance, each featuring flatscreen TVs and access to a pantry.

GB v New Zealand Basketball: Adult (£13.50), Child (£10), or Family (£38) Ticket to Copper Box Arena (Up to 60% Off)

The Deal Ticket for an adult, child or family of four to New Zealand v GB Family ticket is for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children Where: Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London When: Saturday 25 July Doors open at 4pm, game starts at 6pm Ticket values include all fees

Choose from 3 Options

  • £10 for a child ticket (49% off)
  • £13.50 for an adult ticket (51% off)
  • £38 for a family ticket (60% off)

The Match

GB will be looking for some strong fan support when they face New Zealand in this exhibition match at the Copper Box Arena on 25 July. Players including the likes of Dan Clark and Kieron Achara are expected to play in this preparation match for the next EuroBasket and the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Fans may also get the chance to see long-serving veteran Drew Sullivan make a landmark 100th appearance in a GB vest in his home town.

Ancient Egyptian Tour of The British Museum from £12 with Daoyou

The Tour Imposing stone forms of Pharaohs and Gods greet visitors to the British Museum’s extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts and treasures. Guests will embark on a tour that traces the history of this fascinating civilisation, creating a window to a time belonging to a bygone world. Participants will learn about the history, hieroglyphs, architecture and customs of the people living during this era, including their beliefs about the Gods and an afterlife. The museum is also home to the enigmatic Rosetta Stone, and the tour will unearth more about its story, as well as drawing comparisons between the culture of Ancient Egypt and Ancient China.
 British Museum Ancient Egypt Tour

Choose Between Two Options

  • £12 for an Ancient Egyptian guided tour at the British Museum for one
  • £22 for an Ancient Egyptian guided tour at the British Museum for two

The Merchant

Boasting guides with post-graduate study experience and personal interests in various areas, from legal history to the British empire or classical Rome, Daoyou offers a host of tour around central London. Walks can centre on a particular theme, with options for smaller groups, tailored tours and plenty of chances to get off the beaten track.

The Museum of Brands: Entry For Two (£7.50) or Family (£10) (50% Off)

The Deal Two adults or an adult and a child can enjoy two entry tickets to the Museum of Brands. Family entry is also available for a combination of up to two adults and up to four children. Those with visitors aged 4-8 or 9-13 can also go on the Family Trail to tackle activities and talking points while heading down memory lane with the makes and consumer goods of yesteryear.

Choose from the following options for tickets:
  • £7.50 for two people (50% off)
  • £10 for family of four (50% off)

The Merchant

Situated close to Portobello Road Market, The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is home to a dizzying array of consumer goods from decades past. Established in Gloucester in 1984, the collection moved to London in 2005. A registered charity dealing with the preservation of all manner of packets, fads, toys, and ads past, the museum is also available as a venue to hire, and contains a tea room as well as retro-inspired goods in its shop.

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Oscar Wilde classic - adapted by his grandson - comes to Greenwich tonight

A fresh interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s most famous work, adapted by his grandson and directed by a Greenwich man, opens in Greenwich tonight.

European Arts Company’s version of The Picture of Dorian Gray - at Greenwich Theatre from tonight until Sunday (May 31) - is timed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the story’s publication and is written by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.
The play’s story will already be familiar to many: set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old.

Actor and director Peter Craze, 68, who has lived in Westcombe Park with actor wife Illona Linthwaite for 36 years, is directing the show’s 10 week tour.
Peter said: “I’d helped the company, European Arts, on one of their productions for a couple of days as an emergency and they seemed to like my style.
“Then last year we did a big production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde compiled by Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, and producer John O’Connor.
“We filled Greenwich Theatre and after the Trafalgar Studios saw it, we transferred to the West End.”
He added: “It’s a difficult play to stage because so much of it is in the imagination, particularly the boy looking at the ageing picture. But I think we’ve got it and Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray is just terrific.
“There’s a very nice ending which works theatrically, but I won’t give it away.”
The Picture of Dorian Gray is at Greenwich Theatre from May 29 to 31. Tickets cost £18.50 or £16 concessions. The performance on May 31 is in aid of Stonewall, with 30 per cent of box office income donated to charity. Go

Murder weapon discovered in Imperial War Museum display -

An assault rifle used in seven unsolved murders has been discovered on public display at the Imperial War Museum.
Gun exhibit in the Imperial War Museum

BBC Panorama has learned that investigators re-examining paramilitary murders in Northern Ireland found the gun on display in an exhibit on the Troubles.
The families of the murder victims had previously been told by the police that they had disposed of the weapon.
A senior officer says the Police Service of Northern Ireland fully supports an investigation into its history.
Forensic tests conducted in the 1990s showed the rifle was one of two weapons used in an attack on a Belfast betting shop in 1992.
Five Catholics, including a 15-year-old boy, were killed in the attack on the Ormeau Road by Protestant paramilitaries.

'Disposed of'

The rifle has also been linked to the unsolved murders of two other men in 1988.
The weapon was originally recovered by the police in 1992, but officers from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) were unable to locate the gun when they reopened the unsolved murder cases.
Families were told that the VZ58 rifle had been officially "disposed of", but investigators from Northern Ireland's Police Ombudsman's team found the gun at the museum and have sent it for further tests.
Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said the Police Service of Northern Ireland would fully support the ombudsman investigation.
"I have been made aware that investigators from the Police Ombudsman's office have recovered a weapon on loan from police in Northern Ireland to the Imperial War Museum in London as part of a permanent exhibition relating to 'the Troubles'. In the interests of public confidence and transparency, I accept that it merits further investigation."
A sign explains that items have been removed from display
The rifle has now been removed from display and is undergoing further tests
A spokeswoman for the Imperial War Museum (IWM) said it was given the gun by the Royal Ulster Constabulary Weapons and Explosives Research Centre.
"IWM believes that we provide an appropriate context for the display of items used in conflict. This object has always been displayed in the context of a wider story which sets it against other items from both sides of the Northern Ireland conflict."
She said the museum was told that the weapons it received could have been used in "specific events", but it wasn't given any details of what those events were.
The museum is now working with the police ombudsman to try to work out whether there are any other weapons from unsolved murders in its collection.
Billy McManus, whose father Willie was killed in the betting shop shooting, says the murder weapon should never have been treated as a museum exhibit.

'Just don't care'

He said: "I am absolutely shocked that a gun connected with so many deaths was there on display for anyone to come and see at the Imperial War Museum in London. It should be here in a secure place so that it can be used for ballistics.
"Why would somebody let something so important be shipped to England to be put on display? What does that say about their treatment of the case? They just don't care."
The families of those killed at the bookmakers have long believed that the security forces colluded in the attack.
Earlier police investigations have already established that the second murder weapon - a hand gun - was given to the paramilitaries by a soldier at an army barracks.
An informant in the terror group later handed the gun in to his police handlers. The police claim they deactivated it before giving it back to their agent, but the pistol was working when it was used in the attack on the Belfast betting shop.

Wellcome Collection - What's On in June

Forensics: The anatomy of crime UNTIL 21 JUN, LAST CHANCE TO SEE FREE | DROP IN
Wellcome Collection, A Free Destination for the incurably curious. What's On

Booking for events opens at 11.00 on Friday 29 May
You can book online with our ticketing system by following the links below, or you can call us on 020 7611 2222.
"Stronger stuff than any episode of CSI"

The exhibition is free, but queuing or timed tickets will be in operation at busy times.
'Forensics: The anatomy of crime' explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine. The exhibition contains original evidence, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and is rich with artworks offering unsettling and intimate responses to traumatic events. Challenging the familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by popular crime dramas and Victorian-era sensational reporting, 'Forensics' highlights the complex entwining of law, medicine and science.          
You can also buy Val McDermid’s book The Anatomy of Crime’, which accompanies the exhibition.          
FRIDAY 5 JUN, 19.00–22.00
SATURDAY 6 JUN, 11.30–18.30
A two-day event in collaboration with the BFI.
How is forensics portrayed in film, literature and television? How does the popular perception of forensics affect the courtroom? Join us for film screenings and discussion.  
Tickets for each film screening and for the discussion must be booked separately.
Image: Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin in 'Murder by Numbers'. © 2002 Castle Rock Entertainment. All rights reserved.

THURSDAY 4 JUN, 18.00–19.00
Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the ‘people’s pathologist’, helped found the principles of forensic investigations into causes of death. He acted as a key witness in murder trials and became a famous figure himself. In this talk you will hear
and see what the ‘father of modern forensics’ discovered, including certain things that others wished he hadn’t.

Evolving over the course of the year, the exhibition features new commissions, live interventions, discussions and performances within the gallery space. Check online for details of drop-in sessions.

Help us to create a portrait of sex in the 21st century. WOULD YOU MIND? is author and theatre director Neil Bartlett's tribute to the mass of raw data and personal experiences the pioneers of sexology relied upon to build their theories and practice. Bartlett wants you to join the thousands of visitors who have already taken part and add your voice. 

The exhibition is free, but queuing and timed tickets will be in operation at busy times.

'The Institute of Sexology’ book is also available online and from the Wellcome Shop.

The Institute of Sexology – find out more

THU 4 JUN, 14.00–16.00
THU 18 JUN, 14.00–16.00
THU 18 JUN, 19.00–21.00
FRI 19 JUN, 14.00–16.00

Conceived by Lois Weaver, the ‘Long Table’ is an experimental open public forum that is a hybrid performance, installation, roundtable discussion and dinner party designed to facilitate dialogue by gathering together people with common interests.

In response to conversations with our visitors at previous events, this series of Long Tables will focus on sex in relation to ageing, consent, education and pleasure.

Join us for an accessible tour of The Institute of Sexology. 

British Sign Language (BSL) tour
THU 11 JUN, 18.00–18.45

Audio described tour
THU 18 JUN, 18.00–19.00

Audio described tour
THU 16 JUL, 18.00–19.00

SAT 18 JUL, 10.30-17.00
From asexuality to sex addiction, there is great variety in our experience of sexual desire. Historical ideas from medicine and psychology along with discoveries from contemporary research shape our understanding, but we still remain in the dark about many facets of the topic.

This symposium will question ideas from the past and present to explore sexual attraction and the concept of 'normal' sexual desire.

› Symposium: Sexual Desire – find out more
Don’t forget to drop in to our beloved
permanent exhibition 'Medicine Man' on
level 1. We also regularly run tours of the exhibition for our visitors with access needs. 

Speech-to-text tour
Thursday 4 June, 18.00–18.45



Meet up for an alternative Friday night with the chance to delve into the exhibitions and grab a bite to eat every first Friday of the month. We stay open until 22:00 with plenty of time to explore the collections, dine in the restaurant and catch up with friends. Every 2-3 months we go all out with a Friday Late Spectacular, with activities, performances, workshops and lectures all giving a playful and deeper understanding of a topic or theme. Stay tuned for our next big event, Play.

Please note that we will not be open later on Friday 7 August and Friday 4 December 2015.


THURSDAY 11 JUN 19.00–20.30
What is exhaustion? A psychiatrist, a cultural historian and a poet explore how conditionsfrom melancholia to burnout, from depression to chronic fatigue syndrome, have been viewedthrough history and what the performance of poetry can teach us about exhaustion.


Whether a poetry reading and discussion, a drawing activity, or time spent with an expert speaker, our informal Reading Room events for small groups can provide an unexpected interlude during your visit. They’re advertised in-house on the day, so be sure to check if there’s something going on when you visit.

Do you have an idea for a small participatory event that you would like to hold in our Reading Room? Open Platform is your chance.

› Open Platform – find out more

WEDNESDAY 17 JUN 13.00–14.00
Understanding the social, behavioural and clinical issues surrounding HIV is central to its treatment.
Join Fiona Burns to hear more about her extensive research on sexual health, HIV and migrant communities within the UK. Fiona is particularly interested in healthcare access, social inequalities, and the relationship between migration, ethnicity and sexual health. Bring your sarnies with you.
Saturday Studio is our new monthly programme of
drop-in events for young people aged 14–19. Drop
in between 14.00 and 17.00 to meet new people
and learn from experts in a range of creative fields
as you have a go at practical activities inspired by
Wellcome Collection’s content. Look at our website in the coming months for more details about upcoming workshops.

RawMinds is for 14-to-19-year-olds wanting to
take part in creative projects inspired by art and

Our summer 2015 project will begin recruiting
soon. The groups will be writing, recording,
researching and creating audio material that will
be shaped into a series of podcasts. To find out
more about the project and how to apply, and watch the trailer created by our latest group, visit

Chris Dorley Brown’s 15 Seconds is a tantalising
glimpse into the lives of 26 millennials born in
the 1980s and how they have changed between
childhood and adulthood. Filmed at three
points as they grew up, the finished product
shows the undulating visual of adolescence
and adulthood.