This is the post about the Destination.
I arrived at the Museum of London, eagerly anticipating a couple of free hours of strolling through time. The Museum is laid out in chronological order and is quite interactive with fewer than usual items of the 'do not touch' variety. Prior to entering the permanent exhibition there's also a display called London and the Olympics which celebrates the Games already held in London (1908 and 1948) as well as the 2012 preparations.
From 50 to 410 AD, the Romans built, defended and rebuilt Londonium - there are some great displays of homes, shops, food and the opportunity to peek at the defensive City wall from another perspective.
|Traditional Roman dining room|
|Roman Wall from the Roman Gallery of the museum|
|The original St Paul's Cathedral|
I followed the arrows downstairs to the next set of exhibitions entitled Modern London: Expanding City.
A main feature of this gallery is the recreated Pleasure Gardens which allow you to wander, sit and watch the cinematic story of the time unfold on the screens around you. The hats on display were...interesting. It must have taken incredible posture to manage these with any grace and dignity.
|Pleasure Garden fashion - can you see the ship hat on the left of the picture?|
|Pleasure Garden - a (t)horny affair!|
Just down the ramp from the Pleasure Gardens there was an arcade walk to celebrate the Victorian era.
|The Victorian Walk celebrates the era of expansion|
|Trinkets for sale - The Victorian Walk|
|Vintage 'white walls' representing People's City|
|Japanese panelling in the Savoy Hotel recreation|
|The Selfridges Lift|
|But did you know that Harrods installed the first escalator in 1898? |
Smelling salts were on hand to revive passengers from the ride.
|My one and only tribute to Modern London: World City|
|The Lord Mayor's Coach, first commissioned in 1757|
|Amazingly preserved after more than 250 years|
The London Cityscape by Simon Crostin was commissioned by the Museum of London to commemorate the 2012 bicentennary celebrations of Charles Dickens in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition, Dickens and London, running until June 10, 2012.
I wandered slowly back to Moorgate along the raised walkways around St Alphages, still snapping away (as my previous post will attest to). And as I finally sat, homeward-bound, on the top deck of the bus, I marvelled at the fascinating snippets I'd learnt about London's chequered past and felt a quiet contentment at my big day out and the historic city that I've chosen as my home.