The London Museum

by CameronM Thu, September 11 2003 07:48

After the disappointment of the British Museum, I thought I would attempt to redeem my 'cultural' ego by heading to the London Museum. I hoped here to find out a little bit more information about London history, and I wasn't to be disappointed.

The museum is located near the Barbican, which is an odd collection of commercial and government buildings, connected by elevated walkways. The whole effect is somewhat un-London, and feels very different from Leicester Square or Covent Gardens. It's also a fair walk but well signed so you at least know you're heading in the right direction.

The exhibits covered everything from the River Thames pre-history (Oh hold me back), to Roman settlement and on to the middle ages and more recent times. Apart from a giant leap between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons (a period of about 1000 years - oops where did that go), the museum has interesting displays that help paint a picture of how London developed and the reasons behind some of the many place names still in use.

After leaving the London Museum, I headed towards St Paul’s cathedral only to find it covered by scaffolding and tarps. Oh well, no photos for the diary there. It was only an accident that I saw the sign as I headed to the tube and decided to take a look, so I guess that's OK.

 

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