April events at Museum of London

April 1, 2010toApril 30, 2010

Family events

The plague doctor

  • Doctors during the Plague wore nose gays – long pointy beak masks full of sweet smelling flowers and herbs. They thought it would stop them getting the disease, but it did nothing but disguise the smell. Make your own nose gay and step back into the medical world of London in 1665.
  • Duration: 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Saturday, April 3 – 11:30 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 15:00
  • Sunday, April 4 – 11:30 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 15:00

Working hats

  • Get inspired by hats from the past. From firefighters’ helmets to nurses’ bonnets, hats can be a distinctive part of a uniform. Create your own hat from the past, or one for a new job in the future.
  • Duration: 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Saturday, April 3 – 12:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 16:00
  • Sunday, April 4 – 12:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 16:00
  • Monday, April 5 – 12:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 16:00

Bandages and bloodletting

  • Meet a medieval medicine woman from a time when curing diseases through bloodletting and analysing symptoms by tasting urine were common practice.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Monday, April 5 – 11:30 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 15:00
  • Tuesday, April 6 – 11:30 – 13:00 and 13:30 – 15:00

Stand and deliver

  • Explore the life of the notorious 18th century London highwayman Dick Turpin in this art workshop.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Tuesday, April 6 – 12:30 – 14:00 and Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 14:30 – 16:00
  • Wednesday, April 7 – 12:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 16:00
  • Thursday, April 8 – 12:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 16:00

When I grow up I want to be….!

  • Have fun dressing up in costumes from the past and find out all about the jobs that people did in London over 100 years ago. Then, make your very own tool to help you in your job and have your work portrait taken. A fun, interactive workshop for under 5s and their carers.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Ticketed event: tickets allocated upon arrival
  • Minimum age: 2
  • Wednesday, April 7 – 11:00 – 11:30 / 12:00 – 12:30 / 14:00 – 14:30
  • Wednesday, April 14 – 11:00 – 11:30 / 12:00 – 12:30 / 14:00 – 14:30

Illuminated letters

  • Many of the beautiful books in our Medieval London gallery are the work of monks. All done by hand, one single letter could sometimes take them hours to complete. Follow in their footsteps and create your own decorated document.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Thursday, April 8 – 12:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 15:00

Fighting for a living

  • Many Roman Londoners were soldiers. It was a hard job and they sometimes had to leave their family for long periods of time. Join our curator to find out about the things that made their lives a little easier and try on our replica armour.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Friday, April 9 – 11:30 – 12:30 / 13:00 – 13:30 / 15:00 – 15:30

Meet a Roman acrobat

  • Romans loved sport and acrobatics, which many watched in amphitheatres. Can you match the skills of our master acrobat?
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Ticketed event: tickets allocated upon arrival
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Friday, April 9 – 12:15 – 12:45 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:45 – 16:15
  • Saturday, April 10 – 12:15 – 12:45 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:45 – 16:15

Merchant to mayor

  • Three times Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington started out as an apprentice learning to become a merchant. Follow his story in this storytelling session and find out about his journey.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Saturday, April 10 – 11:30 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 13:30 / 15:00 – 15:30
  • Sunday, April 11 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:00 – 15:30
  • Monday, April 12 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:00 – 15:30

Juggling jester

  • Juggle with this medieval court fool, the jester. Most kings and queens had a jester to provide entertainment. Impressing the monarch was a tall order, so learn to juggle and find out if you would have passed the test!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Sunday, April 11 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00
  • Monday, April 12 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00
  • Tuesday, April 13 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00

The day no matches were made

  • Working 14 hours a day in horrible conditions and only getting paid 5 shillings per week, the girls in Bryant & May match factory had had enough. Become part of their story of survival and success in this hands-on storytelling session.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Tuesday, April 13 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:00 – 15:30
  • Wednesday, April 14 – 13:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 15:00 / 15:30 – 16:00
  • Thursday, April 15 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:00 – 15:30

Become a Roman lamp maker

  • Meet a lamp maker and learn how to make a beautiful Roman lamp. If you are prepared to get your hands messy, then create your very own clay lamp too.
  • Duration: 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Thursday, April 15 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00

Archaeology up close – Put yourself in their shoes

  • The Museum is lucky to have a fantastic collection of shoes, which can tell us things about who wore them and how they were made. Join the Museum’s archive team and learn about the stories behind shoemakers from the past.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Friday, April 16 – 12:00 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 15:30

Needles, flutes and buttons

  • Before the invention of plastic, bone was used for many things, but it took great skill to work it. Meet a professional bone worker and see for yourself.
  • Duration: 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Friday, April 16 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00

Home decoration Saxon style

  • Buying a new blanket or a pot isn’t difficult today, but where did people go in Saxon times? Meet our curators and learn about the people that supplied Saxon Londoners with things for their homes.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Saturday, April 17 – 12:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 15:00

Meet a Roman leather worker

  • Are you wearing leather? The Romans were skilful leather workers and even used to wear leather bikinis! Watch the leather worker use his skills to create hand crafted shoes.
  • Duration: 1 hour  30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Dates and times
  • Saturday, April 17 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00
  • Sunday, April 18 – 12:30 – 14:00 / 14:30 – 16:00

Saxon tales

  • Join the scop, a Saxon storyteller, whose job is to entertain King Alfred with stories about kings, monsters and adventure. Which tale do you think he should tell the king?
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Sunday, April 18 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 15:00 – 15:30

Rebuild London

  • After the Great Fire of London in 1666, it was down to every Londoner to help re-build the City. Take part in this interactive storytelling and find out how London was rebuilt.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Minimum age: 5
  • Sunday, April 25 – 13:00 – 13:30 / 14:00 – 14:30 / 14:00 – 14:30

Little Moles toddlers group

  • Learn, play and explore together every Wednesday during term-time in this fun, hands-on and creative session.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Ticketed event: advance booking only
  • Minimum age: 1
  • Wednesday, April 21 – 15:30 – 16:30

Mini Moles babies group

  • Learn, play and explore together every Wednesday during term-time. This session is for babies aged 6 months-walking and their carers and includes stories, rhyme time and an opportunity to meet others in a relaxed setting.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Ticketed event: advance booking only
  • Wednesday, April 21 – 11:00 – 12:00
  • Wednesday, April 28 – , 11:00 – 12:00

Where do we go?

Museum of London
London Wall
EC2Y 5HN

Open Daily 10am-6pm
Last Admission 5.30pm

How do we find out more?

Visit our Museum page on the Museum of London