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The English Channel – what’s in a name?

Guest blog by one of our research interns, Caroline Marris, a doctoral student at Columbia University in New York. When exactly did the English Channel start to be called the English Channel? It’s a question with a more complicated answer than you might think. In the early modern period, English,…

A Lens in a Lighthouse

Guest blog by one of our research interns, Stephen Courtney, University of Cambridge On 5 March 1861 the Royal Commission, appointed to enquire into the ‘number, quality and position’ of the nation’s ‘lighthouses, floating lights, buoys, and beacons,’ presented their findings in an extensive parliamentary report. The investigation had occupied…

‘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…