London Circa 100 AD~

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The Museum of London is less touristy and lies in the oldest part of the city.
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Exhibits showcase the history of London from prehistoric times to the present.
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Miniature dioramas depict the development of the dock areas by the Thames around 100 AD.
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The museum places strong emphasis on archeological discoveries, such as these excavated Roman mosaic floors, pottery and other artifacts.
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There are many examples of living quarters of the period to browse and explore.
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The Museum abuts the remainders of the old Roman walls built around 200 AD.
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If your tired of the crowds at the more touristed London attractions, The Museum Of London offers refuge and a fascinating day’s browse.
Cheers to you from old London where you can always find something new ~

212 thoughts on “London Circa 100 AD~

  1. Roman artifacts were found off the Bowery in lower Manhattan, NY. The archaeology world was excited until someone proved that the Roman artifacts were from England. The English ships loaded their holds with ballast to keep their boats steady as they crossed the Atlantic. The ballast came from wherever they could dig it. Among the ballast were rocks, bricks, and (of course) a few Roman artifacts. Once reaching NY City they would dump their ballast in order to take on heavy cargo.

  2. We were in London in March but didn’t visit here. Too bad. Maybe next time.

    Just wanted to thank you again for your Amazon and GR review of my book. Very nice of you to do that!

  3. What a treat to see such beautiful photos of London today juxtapositioned with yesterday ! And how beautiful the jugs and bowls and artifacts are.. I’d be happy to have and to use them !!!!

    • Have been to London a far amount, been never been here before. Loved it and it is true, in London there is always something new! As for the typo, I think coolant is an excellent new adjective~

  4. Wow, the water reflections created for those dioramas are so convincing! I keep scrolling up to look at that again and am wondering how the creator accomplished this! Love the lush, green grounds that The Museum of London is located at as well. ~Lynn

  5. I always like to see the miniature cities that represent the old time etc. They are fun to look at small details. Good suggestion for the place to go in London.

  6. Of all the things I saw in London, the Roman ruins may have been the best. Close, anyway. It happened that London was my first experience of real history, and it was just breathtaking to realize that our two-centuries-plus as a country would make so many people around the world laugh. When I got to Germany, I stayed in a town that was celebrating its founding — in 1100 and something. It’s just amazing. The miniatures are so much fun, too. I loved making dioramas in school.

    • Yes, although life in the Americas is clearly ancient, we have petryglyphs and fossils to look at, okay and some truly ancient living trees, not intact portions of whole cities, aqueducts, roads, walls, and staying in old buildings built in the 1200’s and such is a real thrill for me too. Glad to have encountered a fellow enthusiast.

  7. What a find! I didn’t know about that when I was in London, but it surely makes a lot of sense to get away from the madd(en)ing crowd and see something as unusual and interesting as that Good on yer!

    • Well thank you Cynthia. I learned about this is the most sophisticated and intelliegent one can learn anything whilst traveling. I asked a cab driver. πŸ˜‰

    • I do too. I found it to be so creative and immersive, not just pottery shards and such but whole reconstructed home sites, and diorama towns, etc. Loved it!

      • We’re good at that over here. But my best experience? China. Banpo neolithic village. Remains of the first house identified with internal walls. First house ever with the Chinese upturned eaves. There was a burial urn, in the place where it was left, with a child’s skeleton in it. Date? About 400 BC.
        Still wish we could have met.

      • Would have loved to have met up. We will be there again though and I will let you know. We want to go out on the Orkneys. I have seen the photos of China’s neolithic cities and would love to actually see them, also want to see Petra, but waiting for things to quiet down a bit first.

  8. A great post Cindy. Those ancient tiles are extraordinary! πŸ™‚ A friend in London keeps asking me to visit. She has a flat in Carcassonne which I look after while she is in London. However, this may just entice… πŸ˜‰

  9. I always recommend people going to London visit it, its wonderful! Also a similar one in Barcelona – The Museu d’HistΓ²ria de la Ciutat (Museum of the history of the city) is fabulous too.

    • We have petroglyphs, old Anatazi ruins, and living trees that are thousands of years old, but we do not have Roman, Punic, Greek, and all the other ancient ruins that Europe has, which is one of the many reasons visiting Europe is so fascinating.

      • When I built my house I was in to watching shows about renovating old homes. They always wanted to know: what was the original wall color etc. So I took photos as I built my house before during and after and plan to leave the photos and blueprints with the house. I hope that doesn’t take the wonder out of it a hundred years from now.

  10. Beautiful details through your lens, Cindy! What an amazing miniature collection that preserves and tells history. Thank you for the wonderful tour. πŸ™‚

    • The dioramas were extensive and fascinating. I marveled at the the stories told by the reconstructions, and the amount of time and skill put into creating them!

  11. This post brought back memories, Cindy. When I was a little kid my mother took me to Madurodam in the Netherlands, a miniature city that we could walk through – the buildings about knee high. I never forgot the utter fascination. Your photos of the Museum of London miniatures sparked that childlike excitement. Looks like a place I’d enjoy πŸ™‚

    • I have heard of the Madurodam and would so love to got visit. I have seen photos. I too am in love with all things miniature, wheter it be railroads, towns, houses, anything. They stimulate so many regions of the brain simultaneously and provide so much more comprehensible data then a flat photo or a textual explanation, but then I am a visual learner. Much visit someday soon! Thank you for reminding me~

  12. So hard to realize such ancient ruins still exist! In the U.S., we often don’t value old things, seeming to prefer tearing them down and building anew. Not that “new” is suspect, just that sometimes, old holds educational promise. Love those mosaic floors!

  13. I really enjoyed the Museum of London exhibits you shared, Cindy. I feel these authentic representations of the past are intriguing and fascinating. I love the details in each setting and period. You caught each so well. This reminds me of historic dollhouses, which include claw footed ceramic bath tubs and Victorian furniture. This may seem silly but miniature railroad enthusiasts make gorgeous dioramas and the examples of the museum also reminded me of those. πŸ™‚

    • I love the world of miniatures and historic dollhouses are fascinating. If you ever go to Victoria BC, visit the exhibit in The Empress Hotel, and Queen Victoria’s Dollhouse in Winsdor. They are simply amazing! Cheers to you Robin~

  14. You got me with this one. For the amount of time I’ve spent in and around London, I missed this and shame on me. Unfortunately, for all the time I’ve spent in London, Tom has never been. He always finds all the museums. We have an ambitious trip planned out and we so hope it’s not just a fantasy. We wish to return to Germany, Belgium, London and then include Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For now, going out to dinner and perhaps theater would be a real treat as long as we could do it together.

  15. Fantastic! Thanks for the tip! We were recently at the National Museum in Copenhagen and had the same experience – very interesting museum, not too many people!

  16. I love miniatures and history. What a beautiful blend of the two. Aren’t those Roman walls something. Great shot showing the shiny glass towers behind the ancient walls. Oh how I want to go traveling . Great fun, Cindy.

  17. As an Australian any thing older than two hundred years is mind-blowing. But I have seen the London museum and it would have been fascinating to me anyhow. I thank you for the photos.

  18. Wow, I live in the UK and have never been to that museum. It’s just a question of persuading me to deal with British Rail and all of its idiosyncrasies. If only I could teleport direct to the museum from the south coast.
    That museum demonstrates a remarkable level of sophistication and building skills all that time back in history. Thanks for the tour, Cindy. You make an excellent museum guide πŸ™‚

    • I like the teleporting idea! I would like to be a ‘Night at the Museum’ only! I like the idea of everything coming to life and mucking around with no stiff staff present.

      • The stiffest museum staffers I have even seen were in Russia. They went after my husband, which gave me the perfect opportunity to take some surreptitious photos of The Amber Room. Laughing……

    • PS- I will never ride a British train again without thinking of “The Girl on the Train!” Maybe if you peeked in gardens and windows like she did, it would distract you!

      • Oh I do. Cindy. It’s the getting on a train in the first place that’s the problem. Too many cancellations or trains running late, thus too much time sitting on station platforms with lots of people in bad moods. Then there’s the thing of actually getting a seat once you’re on the train. The last one I travelled on only had four carriages and we were jammed in like sardines, standing up, shoulder to shoulder, with a load of language students shouting their heads off. I pretended not to care and read a book to distract me from claustrophobia and feeling faint, while seething inside because there was a teenager sitting on a seat right next to me, not offering to give it up to me, let alone the real olds. …There, now I’ve had my rant. I envy that girl on the train who got to look at the view. That being said, so far, my journeys to the Isle of Wight to see my daughter and grandchildren have been fairly pain-free. There’s even a quaint old-fashioned train (retired from London) that runs from the station where the ferry docks. It’s really great fun this train, as it has long seats lengthways down the train and you sit facing each other. People are very friendly on the island and have decent good manners i.e. such as giving up seats to the elderly!

      • I missed the Isle of Wight twice. The third time will be the charm, I hope. There is probably nothing worse than a massively crowded train, tube or subway. Crowded airplanes are no fun either. Transport is always the most consistently awful part of travel so you have my sincerest sympathies. Now having said this, I must say Swiss trains through The Alps were a lovely way to sightsee. No crowds either…..Enjoy your holiday!

    • Los Romanos construyeron cosas por todas partes no? Bueno, excepto por supuesto para las Americas , Africa, Australia y la Antartida. Bueno, ellos no construyen cosas en todas partes, solo en Europa! Pero no es menos impresionante! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      • SΓ­, el Imperio Romano fue en Europa, pero la influencia de su cultura ha llegado a los otros continentes. Me gustan los museos etnolΓ³gicos porque nos enseΓ±an muchas cosas. πŸ™‚

  19. Thanks for the tip, Cindy. I had never heard of The Museum of London until now. It does look like a refreshing break from the usual tourist spots. Wonderful photographs!

    • I do think you will enjoy it immensely and the walk around the old Roman wall was super interesting as well, as it meandered through the financial district, weaving in an out of all this very modern architecture.

  20. Exciting historical pictures, Cindy that trigger one’s imagination and make one wonder how life was lived back then, “upstairs and downstairs”. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  21. Are you in London now or was that just your closing comment? Have you seen the movie sequels The Hobbit? There is a little town in the movie, which looks just like these replica maquette you have here. Thank you for taking us to the museum. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Fae, we were in London in May, and yes loved The Hobbit and I bet they modeled the town after the dioramas. Good thinking as usual and thanks for going with me to the museum!

    • Yes, visuals are super important to me too. Love everything miniaturized so you can can see the whole sweep of things. The wall really was interesting, meandering through the financial district, next to skyscrapers and cottage gardens!

  22. Hi Cuz….., thanks for the tour of “old” London town. Seems, even then, that it was quite the place. I been blue & I been down, just not in old London town. Vacation was the cause….., 10 days in the hospital, severe pancreatitis ended up in the ER in NJ, followed by another ER trip when arriving home….not me, me darlin’ wife this time. She had gall bladder surgery, followed by an obstructed bowel due to meds from the surgery. Poor girl is finally starting to revive from all that. Did I ever tell you just how much I really dislike hospitals??? πŸ™‚ Are you home now, or out and about again? πŸ™‚

  23. HooOOOOooowwwwWWWWLLLLLsssss! Haven’t been there yet…about time I did by the looks of it! I have a week’s annual leave coming up on the 14th so I will add it to my list of things to do in London πŸ™‚ The list is getting longer all the time!! πŸ˜‰

  24. This is awesome ~ the idea of living back a few hundred years has long excited me. The experiences in old Europe and experiencing the tough life, but also I imagine a very fulfilling life is something I’d love to do – and this is what makes museums (and books) such a treasure. I have just started reading a book about the American west 200 years ago to transport be back to those days…but it is life on a port city in Europe that piques my interest. Cheers ~

  25. We used to live in the Barbican, just round the corner from the Museum. About a week ago, I was going through very old photos and found one of my grandparents all dressed up as guests at George V Coronation. There is a note on the photo written by my father to say that the dress my grandmother is wearing is at the London Museum! I don’t know if it is on display, though. I will have to go and see.

    • Oh you do have to go! They have this fascinating exhibit about London from it’s inception to modern days. It focuses on fashion, social trends, tastes etc. If your grandmother’s dress is in the exhibit, it would be quite thrilling for you! Please let me know what you find!

  26. I can’t believe I’ve never been here, this is the type of museum my family love, I must look it up. Have you been to the Royal Geographical Society in London, great photo displays and a nice quiet cafe.

    • No I haven’t, but it sounds fascinating. This is one of the great things about London, there is always something new to see! I will need to visit when we are next there~

  27. Very near where I work – I’ve walked by those Roman walls and the little garden in your last photo many times. Nice to know you were there too and enjoyed it!

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