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‘London’s Burning’: Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London

If there is one thing that people know about Samuel Pepys, it’s that he witnessed and chronicled the Great Fire of London which devastated the capital in the late summer of 1666. Together with the epidemic of bubonic plague that hit the city the previous year, the Great Fire had an…

The Queen’s House project – meet the teams

The Queen’s House is closed for a year’s refurbishment while we get ready for it’s 400th anniversary next year. Over the course of the project we’ll be speaking to all the teams involved; with updates on the work, behind the scenes pics and a look at some of the iconic…

#MuseumInstaSwap

This week ten of the top London museums are joining together to celebrate their amazing collections on Instagram. We love being able to share beautiful photos of our own site but for the next five days we’ll be trying something a little different. We’ve partnered with south London neighbours the…

London and the slave trade, International Slavery Remembrance Day

London and the transatlantic slave trade Between 1662 and 1807 British and British colonial ships purchased an estimated 3,415,500 Africans. Of this number, 2,964,800 survived the ‘middle passage’ and were sold into slavery in the Americas. The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in human history and completely changed Africa,…

Historising Slavery

Ahead of International Slavery Remembrance Day, Kristy Warren shares her experiences engaging young people with the history of slavery.  As part of my role on the UCL (University College London) based Legacies of British Slave-ownership (LBS) project, I am involved in sharing our work with diverse audiences. This involves reflecting on…