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  • History – IanVisits
    the city Read More Save the Last Remaining British Rail Hovercraft from Destruction January 31 2016 January 31 2016 History 2 Comments As developers move in with bulldozers the Hovercraft Museum Trust is this evening fighting desperately to save one of the two remaining cross channel SRN4 hovercraft from destruction Read More Solving the mystery of Roman London s headless bodies January 9 2016 January 10 2016 History 3 Comments For the past 150 years a mystery has surrounded part of the City of London where an unusually large number of human skulls were discovered but without their bodies Read More 100th Anniversary of London Underground s Johnston Font January 9 2016 Events and Tours History Leave a comment One hundred years ago Londoners woke up to find their familiar underground station signs were being bastardized with some modern interloper Read More When the trains ran on Christmas Day December 24 2015 History transport issues 4 Comments When the railways were younger the motor car didn t exist and the Christmas holidays were just one day trains were commonplace on Christmas Day itself Read More Air raid siren to sound over London November 28 2015 December 27 2015 History 23 Comments Just after Christmas the distinctive wail of an air raid siren will once again echo out across the City of London Read More Henry V s Crystal Sceptre on display for the first time November 8 2015 November 8 2015 History 1 Comment For nearly 600 years it has sat in a box in a vault taken out just once a year for a ceremony and then put away but finally Henry V s Crystal Sceptre has gone on public display Read More The Testing Museum tests opening on Saturdays November 3 2015 History 2 Comments One of London

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/category/history/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ticket Alert – Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox – IanVisits
    Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A chance to hear from the second man to step foot on the moon astronaut Buzz Aldrin who will be at the Science Museum later this month Aldrin was selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts and on 20 July 1969 made history with Neil Armstrong during their Apollo 11 moonwalk becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world He is almost as famous for punching a moon landing conspiracy nut Professor Brian Cox will be in conversation with him on Sunday 28th Feb at 2pm The event will include an opportunity

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/09/ticket-alert-buzz-aldrin-in-conversation-with-brian-cox/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ticket Alert – Bach Passion at St Paul’s Cathedral – IanVisits
    Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Bach s intense masterpiece narrating the events leading to the Crucifixion takes place at 6 30pm Wednesday 16 March The Cathedral Choir and Chorus will sing the work in its original German with Acting Director Of Music Simon Johnson conducting More than 1 000 free tickets are available There will be a retiring collection after the performance Doors open at 5 30pm The performance will last approximately 150 minutes There will be no interval so go to the loo

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/08/bach-passion-at-st-pauls-cathedral-free-tickets-available/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A feast of gold at the British Museum – IanVisits
    27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life In 1898 one of Britain s richest men died and part of his legacy a vast confection of antiquities was donated to the British Museum which has now put them on display in a dedicated space What is formally known as the Waddesdon Bequest was given to the museum by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild MP with the stipulation that it should only be displayed as a complete collection The collection takes its name from Baron Ferdinand s Buckinghamshire mansion Waddesdon Manor Here it was carefully displayed in the specially designed New Smoking Room at the very heart of late 19th century society The requirement that it be displayed together was the very reason for the donation as Rothschild was worried that upon his death his estates and collections would be split up and sold which is mildly ironic as it was the splitting up and sale of other estates that enabled him to buy most of the objects in the first place Since its donation just over a hundred years ago the bequest has been on display but thanks to the lack of a matching donation of cash to put them on display the objects have been languishing in modest galleries Now the Rothschild Foundation has stepped in and funded the renovation of a dedicated gallery for the bequest and what a feast of gold and silver awaits the visitor Set in a darkened room which works to show off the gilt to its best the display is mostly three huge glass cases and walls lined with smaller objects As

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/07/a-feast-of-gold-at-the-british-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The past and future of London’s roads on display – IanVisits
    More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life If you look at any map of a city the dominating feature isn t the buildings but the roads It is their lines snaking around the city that mark out its regions and create the familiar boundaries we use to navigate However streets themselves rarely get much attention in how they affect transport Yes the traffic lights are an obvious area and the lines on the roads controlling parking but they seem to be a fairly passive element in London s great transport mechanism Build a road let cars use it sit back and relax As it happens roads are actively managed with traffic lights and other means of control constantly being tweaked to reduce traffic delays While the smaller streets are controlled by the local council the major arteries across the city are under TfL s active management and the Building Centre has an exhibition about streets It s very much a boards and photos sort of display with lots of worthy information and displays of the past and present with some discussion about the future In addition to making roads more productive after all they take up an awful lot of space there are discussions about how to make them more pleasant Some streets are getting traffic calming measures others merging motorist and pedestrian into one space and sharing it The display drops lots of big numbers around to remind us of how big the problem is with 26 million trips per day at the moment expecting to rise to 32 million per day in the 2040s All that traffic has to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/07/the-past-and-future-of-londons-roads-on-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: The Georgian Houses of Parliament – IanVisits
    s how St Stephen s Chapel was laid out when the Commons sat there How different would our political system be if the circular layout had delayed the emergence of party politics Kent submitted a number of plans over the next decade each progressively plainer to reflect changing tastes but by the 1740s the government was short of cash and short of political authority With the downfall of the Prime Minister the plans were quietly shelved The old cluster of buildings carried on being used until they in turn finally burned down in 1834 Thanks to a quirk of history the Thames is lined not with Portland stone but brown sandstone A gothic design that later came to symbolise everything that is British about the British to foreigners It s difficult to overstate the importance of the failure to build Kent s commission as images of Parliaments dominate the definition of politics in every country The UK would see the world of politics dominated by somber stone and serious facades As it is every image we see of political intrigue now is gothic And would the opening credits of House of Cards with its flyover of Big Ben have been as dramatic You might well think that but I of course couldn t possibly comment Sources William Kent Designing Georgian Britain William Kent Wikipedia V A Museum William Kent Designing Georgian Britain St John s College Cambridge Find more unbuilt London articles here Facebook 35 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 69 69 104 houses of parliament 6 thoughts on Unbuilt London The Georgian Houses of Parliament Edwin says February 6 2016 at 6 44 pm 1940s Reply Ian Visits says February 6 2016 at 6 56 pm What about the 1940s Reply Chris McKenna says February 6 2016 at 7 00 pm Kent submitted a number of plans over the next decade each progressively plainer to reflect changing tastes but by the 1940s the government was short of cash Ian Visits says February 6 2016 at 7 21 pm Ahh Thanks Jen says February 8 2016 at 1 05 am What would Budaapest s riverside look like if they hadn t had London s parliament buildings to imitate With added dome Reply The Duke of Waltham says February 9 2016 at 10 58 am The Palace of Westminster was truly a product of its time the shifting tastes of the 19th century would have made it impossible to build something like it at any other period The construction of the new Palace took so long in fact that its style was considered outdated before the thing was even finished had the Houses of Parliament burnt down twenty years later it is conceivable that their replacement would be Gothic of a more complex and decorated style It wouldn t be out of place to imagine perhaps the plain and partly for this reason iconic lines of Big Ben replaced by the more elaborate profile of the clock tower of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/06/unbuilt-london-the-georgian-houses-of-parliament/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tattoo exhibition at the Museum of London – IanVisits
    London tomorrow Things to do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life From royal hobby through anarchism and violence and now hipster cool tattooing has had a rather curious history And now its latest transformation is to become the subject of an exhibition at in a museum A huge screen shows a studio at work and some seriously bored looking customers It seems that having a tattoo might be fun but getting one is an exercise in tedium The rest of the exhibition is split into two halves the exhibition at the Museum of London looks back to the past and also offers a look at today s tattoo artists at work Also on display are newly commissioned artworks by tattooists from the featured studios Lal Hardy at New Wave Alex Binnie at Into You Claudia de Sabe at Seven Doors and Mo Coppoletta at The Family Business The exhibition is free at the bottom of the stairs by the front entrance or the end of the museum if you go all around the displays It s open until 8th May Get under

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/06/tattoo-exhibition-at-the-museum-of-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market – IanVisits
    fresco reveals something of the fashions and styles of the first wealthy Londoners The painting is likely to have decorated a reception room where guests were greeted and entertained A Roman fresco which is more than 2m wide and 1 5 metres high pieced together to show the decorative scheme MOLA Thanks to a huge Roman construction project the fate of this rare wall painting was literally sealed in the ground In AD 100 construction of the 2nd Forum Basilica the main civic centre for the city and the largest Roman building ever built north of the Alps began In advance of construction of the Forum the area was flattened The painted wall was deliberately toppled and the Forum immediately built over it incredibly preserving the fresco for nearly 2000 years Discovered face down the fresco was identified from the distinctive markings of the keyed daub onto which the plaster was attached The fragile remains were carefully removed from the site by MOLA s archaeological conservators who lifted the fresco in 16 sections Each section was supported undercut and block lifted so that soil encased and protected the plaster Back in the lab the conservators worked quickly to micro excavate the soil whilst it was still damp to expose the millimetre thin painted surface beneath Liz Goodman Archaeological Conservator for MOLA said This was a really challenging but rewarding conservation project We were up against the clock working on this huge and fragile fresco but it was a joy to uncover the decorative plaster that hadn t been seen for nearly 2000 years MOLA archaeological conservator Luisa Duarte with one of sixteen sections of a beautifully decorated collapsed Roman wall MOLA The central section on a background of green and black vertical panels depicts deer nibbling trees alongside birds fruit

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/05/rare-roman-fresco-discovered-next-to-leadenhall-market/ (2016-02-16)
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