Posted: February 2, 2015 Filed under: History | Tags: British Library, English Civil War, Henry III of England, John, King of England, London, Magna Carta, Middle Ages, River Thames, Royal Mint, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The four surviving original Magna Carta copies go on display together for the first time from Monday as Britain kicks off 800th anniversary celebrations for a contract with global significance.
Considered the cornerstone of liberty, modern democracy, justice and the rule of law, the 1215 English charter forms the basis for legal systems around the world, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the US constitution.
A total of 1,215 people, drawn from a ballot, have won the chance to see the unification at the British Library, which is bringing together its two originals with those of Lincoln and Salisbury cathedrals from Monday to Wednesday.
The four parchments will also be on private show in parliament on Thursday, kicking off a year of celebrations for a document that still has resonance eight centuries on. Read more.
Posted: October 6, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, History | Tags: crowdfunding, London, Museum of London, Prospect of Whitby, River Thames, Thames, Thames Discovery Programme, Wapping
At least 88 stop-off points follow the River Thames. Originally a kind of bus and tube stop system in the late 16th century, when 2,000 river taxis coasted for hire, the number had increased to 15,000 by 1725.
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Aiming to reveal more, a team of archaeologists are aiming to raise at least £3,000 (the maximum is£5,000) for a year-long investigation into these visible reminders of a transport system 300 years ago.
The Thames stairs© Wikimedia Commons
“One of the projects we’re really interested in is the story of river stairs,” says Gustav Milne, of University College London’s Institute of Archaeology.
“We’d like to mount a major survey on the Thames foreshore looking at the remains of these river stairs, develop a major image gallery of what we’ve got and record the timbers and so forth that still survive.”
“So many of them have been lost to redevelopment, so we’re trying to rediscover them to put London’s ancient waterman’s bus stops back on the map.” Read the rest of this entry »