LONDON, April 28, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Museum of London – the only London museum dedicated to exploring the history of the capital in which it is located – has opened two new exhibition areas to expand upon the experience it offers visitors. Looking for Londoners and Show Space will both hold free, regularly changing displays that will show recent archaeological discoveries, find contemporary parallels for historic objects in the museum's collections to and provide access to objects that are not normally on public display. The Museum of London is part of the Barbican Centre, a contemporary arts space containing cinema, art gallery and theatre in the City of London. For information on events being held at the Barbican, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find the latest information on London's best hotels.
Looking for Londoners showcases tantalising archaeological discoveries within the collections, as well as those coming out of the ground, as London continues its bumper phase of construction. As new railways and buildings spring up across the capital, these discoveries are changing perspectives of the city and its people. Exhibits include items uncovered during recent excavations at Dickens Square in Southwark, revealing that the Baitul Aziz Mosque is the latest chapter in the story of a place where Londoners have been living and working for 2,000 years.
The museum is continually adding new objects to its collections. Show Space will present some of the museum's more recent arrivals, as well as objects from existing collections that make connections withwhat's happening in London right now. Exhibits illustrating popular culture and social and political change will feature. The first display focuses on the theme of spring, and Londoners' attempts to introduce nature into the capital. Exhibits include a spring-themed fancy dress outfit worn in the late 1890s to a ball in the Portman Rooms in Baker Street, cup-cake coloured porcelain figurines featuring various embodiments of spring, as well as a mystery gnome. For future exhibitions in these two new spaces, see LondonTown.com.
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