Saturday 31 August 2019

Museum of London - Raves and punks?

Take a sneak peek at our new home
Sat 21 - Sun 22 Sep, General Market, West Smithfield

The Museum of London will relocate to West Smithfield in a set of beautiful but currently derelict market buildings in 2024 – one of the most ambitious cultural projects in Europe.

Sat empty for over 25 years, the incredible Sir Horace Jones designed General Market hasn’t been open to the general public since the mid-1990s - until now.

As part of Open House 2019, members of the public will have the chance to take in the Victorian wonder of the currently empty General Market before it becomes part of the Museum of London’s future home.

Activities, self-guided tours and a chance to see the latest plans and designs for the new Museum of London will also be on offer over the weekend of 21-22 September. You will need to sign up on the day.
Party with The Clangers
Reduce, reuse, recycle family rave
Come rave with award-winners Big Fish Little Fish as they bring bangin' tunes back to the museum with world-famous DJ Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols). Joining us this time are The Clangers - turning 50 this year! 

Make animal and plant inspired decor with Captain Cookie Crafts and in the special Clangers room decorate eco-friendly plant pots and take a pack of seeds to grow at home.
The Clash: London Calling
Introduce the spirit of punk early
15 Nov 2019 - Spring 2020

We're celebrating the birthday of The Clash's iconic 'London Calling' album with a free display to celebrate this anthem for London and Londoners.

As well as showcasing the influences on and context of the writing and recording of the seminal double album, this new exclusive display at the Museum of London will examine how the capital influenced The Clash as they became one of the most popular British bands of the 20th century. 

It's never too early to learn about London's legendary musical influence so why not introduce the family to The Clash this November?
Gonna get a bit weird in this bit
Inside the Vegetable Kingdom
The Vegetable Kingdom dolls are a collection of 34 visually striking dolls. Just like Londoners, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and wear characterful expressions. Some of them are convivial and smiling, others less so. 

Whether you find them charming or creepy, the usual reaction on a first encounter is one of curiosity. Who made these? Why? And, most importantly, who is Lord Cucumber?

Natural History Museum - Discover wonderful wildlife in the UK

Discover British wildlife
A bumblebee on a flower

We've only got a few more weeks of lazy days lounging in the Sun, listening to the thrum of insects, and taking walks in the woods under the shade of leafy trees. Soak up the last of summer and enjoy this glorious chance to explore the wildlife around us.

From identification guides to explorations of urban nature, discover the wonderful wildlife that makes the UK its home. Get outdoors with friends and family and learn what's living in your neighbourhood.
How to make a pitfall trap
How to make a pitfall trap

Want to find out what small creatures are crawling around your garden? Follow our steps to set up a simple pitfall trap to catch insects and other minibeasts.
Stories from the Museum and the natural world
A wasp on some fruit
What do wasps do?
Wasps have generally earned themselves a bad reputation. But despite their occasional aggression, these insects play an important role in the ecosystem.
A starfish
How to go rockpooling
Rockpooling is a great way to see different creatures that live on the seashore. All you need is some basic equipment and a small amount of planning.
A grass snake
Should we be scared of British snakes?
There are four species of snake found in Britain - but are they dangerous to humans?
A London road lined with plane trees
UK tree identification: five common urban trees
Discover the most common trees in Britain's towns and cities, and what helps them to thrive in an urban environment.
A dandelion
Visit the Wildlife Garden
Explore nature in our flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city.