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  • V0013783 The "Crystal Palace" from the Great Exhibition, installed at
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The "Crystal Palace" from the Great Exhibition, installed at Sydenham: sculptures of prehistoric creatures in the foreground. Coloured photomechanical print, later than 1854?.
after: George Baxter and Joseph Paxton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Benjamin Waterhouse HawkinsPublished:  - 

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    Fire at the Crystal Palace: the end of an era

    30/11/2016

    Eighty years ago, on 30 November 1936, a huge fire lit up the night sky over London. The Crystal Palace in South London had caught fire and as the colossal structure blazed, Londoners had a preview of what many would… Continue reading

  • L0074560 Three figures within laurel wreathes
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Three figures within laurel wreathes: Lord Mayor Crosby, John Wilkes and Fred Bull.
Lord Mayor Crosby wearing his civic mural crown, John Wilkes as Hercules and and Fred Bull as a bull wearing an alderman's chain. Wilkes holds up a scroll which is inscribed 'Hercules labours overcome gen.l warrants maintain'd. Lib. of Press. Freedom of election etc. etc. etc.' His club is inscribed 'Fox under influence', referring to Charles James Fox. The Lord Mayor rests on a scroll inscribed 'thanks and prayers of the poor'; his staff is inscribed 'for monopoly'; in the background is the Tower of London, and below him is the shield of the Corporation of London. The bull rests a hoof on a pillar of 'fortitude'; the cap of liberty below the figures is inscribed 'Libertas.
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1772 Published: [1 Jan. 1772]

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    Hieroglyphicks of the City Fathers

    25/07/2016

    The Corporation of London is the local government which controls the square mile known as the City of London. It includes the financial industries based in that small area in the eastern half of the London metropolis. The Corporation has… Continue reading

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    Tracks and traces: reuniting the Camberwell House papers online

    10/10/2015

    History is often the piecing together of fragments. Archive documents are the tracks and traces of long-gone events, which the researcher looking for truth about the past follows to assemble the scraps of evidence that build up a picture. Sometimes… Continue reading

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    The changing history of Mill Ponds

    31/08/2015

    The site of the old Wellcome Pharmaceutical Factory at Mill Ponds is now a multi-million pound housing development that comes with 400 years of industrial history. Rewind back to the 19th century when this same 7.59 acre site of the… Continue reading

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    Unearthing the health of Victorian London

    05/08/2015

    What can you learn from old bones? Rachel Ives explains what they tell us about the lives and deaths of the dead, and how osteologists use historical sources such as the Medical Officer of Health reports to confirm their findings… Continue reading

  • L0033923 A prostitute leading an old man into the bedroom

    Sex tourism in 18th century London?

    16/02/2015

    We’ve all heard of the Grand Tour, when 18th century Englishmen went off to the Continent to further their cultural education and cultivate their aesthetic tastes, returning with paintings and statuary to adorn their homes. But what about traffic in… Continue reading

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    Humans 1, Foxes 0: from our Sports Correspondent

    26/12/2014

    Huntsmen in their red jackets, steam rising from huge horses on a frosty morning, the clamour of hounds: for many years this scene, immortalised on a thousand sporting prints or table mats, was a fixture in the British countryside and… Continue reading

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    Flushed with achievement

    19/11/2014

    Wednesday November 19th is World Toilet Day. For readers in the developed world, this conjures up images of gleaming white porcelain and a hole down which bodily waste vanishes swiftly to be dealt with, somewhere, by someone else: a machine,… Continue reading

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    The St Pancras School for Mothers

    30/05/2014

    In 1907 a new type of health centre opened in London. The ‘Mothers and Babies Welcome’ (also known as the St Pancras School for Mothers)  provided a range of services aimed at reducing infant mortality. This centre was not the first to provide… Continue reading

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    Malaria in the Port of London

    29/04/2014

    The medical officers of health for the Port of London had a unique job travelling up and down the Thames from London to the Thames Estuary, inspecting the cargo and crew of ships from around the world. The rapid spread… Continue reading