Conference - Venues for Events
Museum of London
Workshops on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 October: Garden Room, Museum of London
Museum Ideas International Conference on Thursday 4 October: Weston Theatre and Clore Learning Centre, Museum of London
Address: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre as part of the striking Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 1970s as an innovative approach to re-development within a bomb-damaged area of the City of London. It is a few minutes’ walk north of St Paul’s Cathedral, overlooking the remains of the Roman city wall and on the edge of the oldest part of London, now its main financial district. It is primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout time. The museum is the largest urban history collection in the world, with more than six million objects. It hosts more than one million visitors each year.
National Maritime Museum
Collections and Communities Study Day on Wednesday 3 October
Address: National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world, filled with stories of exploration and human endeavour. The museum opened in 1937 in elegant early 19th-century buildings developed around the Queen’s House, which was built for Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria. The Museum is set in beautiful Greenwich Park and is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site with the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark both within walking distance. In 2011 the museum unveiled its spectacular new Sammy Ofer Wing, opening out onto Greenwich Park. The museum was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Special tours on Friday 5 October
Address: Bloomberg SPACE, 12 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AA
The Roman Temple of Mithras, dating from the third century, nearly 1,800 years ago, has been revealed in a unique reconstruction on the site of its original discovery in the heart of the City of London. London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE is a new cultural destination created as part of the development of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters. The three-storey space showcases the reconstructed temple seven metres below the streets of modern London, at Roman ground level. The temple is introduced on a mezzanine, directly above it, by a display of projections and interactive kiosks that invite visitors to explore the practices and symbols associated with the cult of Mithras. The immersive temple reconstruction uses carefully directed lights, haze and sound to bring the temple’s remains to life, and to evoke the rituals and activities that took place within its cave-like walls. The memorable reconstruction marks a new direction for the interpretation and presentation of archaeological ruins. The project has taken ten years to complete and has been funded and created by Bloomberg, working closely with the City of London and a team of conservation specialists, in consultation with the expert team at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). The immersive display within the temple was created by an interdisciplinary team led by internationally-recognised design firm Local Projects.