City announces ‘cultural transformation’ of Smithfield

When I was floating the idea of a Museum of the Streets last year, I wrote: “In December 2022 the Museum of London closes after 45 years on the edge of the Barbican estate, and prepares for a move to former market buildings in West Smithfield. “The new museum promises to be amazing – but … Continue reading “City announces ‘cultural transformation’ of Smithfield”

Museum of the Streets and Radical Clerkenwell

The EC1 Echo carries an interview with Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, about closure of the current site, plans to re-open in three years, and what’s happening in between. Echo editor Oliver Bennett kindly invited me to write something about my idea for a Museum of the Streets, which I’ve previously posted … Continue reading “Museum of the Streets and Radical Clerkenwell”

Save the Museum building gets more support – now ideas needed on how to retrofit and refill

Some 400 people packed St Giles Cripplegate earlier this week for the latest campaign meeting against proposed office development on the site of the now-closed Museum of London. Back story on the plans and campaign here. The Barbican Quarter Action campaign highlighted the decision of the Twentieth Century Society to put Bastion House and the … Continue reading “Save the Museum building gets more support – now ideas needed on how to retrofit and refill”

Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?

I originally drafted this piece for a column in the EC1 Echo, but space is tight this time and we’ll revisit in print in the New Year. Meanwhile there’s discussion on Twitter about the cost and focus of the Destination City programme, and future use of the Museum of London site. The Culture Mile Business … Continue reading “Can Destination City also help create a Liveable City?”

Developing a Museum of the Streets as the Museum of London closes

In December 2022 the Museum of London closes after 45 years on the edge of the Barbican estate, and prepares for a move to former market buildings in West Smithfield. Here’s news of a family festival at the Museum November 27&27 and a music festival December 3&4 The new museum promises to be amazing – … Continue reading “Developing a Museum of the Streets as the Museum of London closes”

Keep up to date on the new Museum of London

The debate about London Wall West – current home of the Museum of London – has highlighted the Museum’s closure in December 2022. There’s pages about that on the Museum website, and a more detailed history and vision for the future here. Ian Mansfield, who runs the excellent IanVisits site about What’s on in London, … Continue reading “Keep up to date on the new Museum of London”