City of London, City of Science

Opening of the Linbury Gallery Science City 1550-1800 at the Science Museum; growth of London in 16th century with influx of skilled instrument makers from Europe; establishment of Gresham College and Royal Society; growth of public scientific culture with lectures and experiments open to all; George III’s interest and enthusiasm and support for scientific projects; the establishment of London as the leading centre of science evidenced by the development of new instruments and new approaches to manufacturing during the 19th century. Continue reading “City of London, City of Science”

How the Millennium Bridge saved the City of London Corporation

The developement on the north and south sides of the River Thames; the transformation of Southwark; creation of the public-private Cross-River Partnership; the re-generation of Bankside & the creation of the Tate Modern gallery; people, politics and problems with the decision and design of the bridge, and it’s ultimate success.

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London’s Role in the History of English Porcelain

The manufacture of porcelain in London developed with the advent of tea drinking from the seventeenth century onwards. The history of various London factories is examined here, demonstrating the importance of London in the history of English porcelain. Excerpts from a ballad about the damage caused by a bull in a London china shop in 1773 are provided as a conclusion. Continue reading “London’s Role in the History of English Porcelain”