70 years ago today, America dropped an atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The flight captain of the Enola Gay – Paul Tibbets ordered his crew to make the bomb live and aim for the ‘T’ shape made by a city centre bridge. It was morning rush hour time with people on the way to work….
An interesting English Heritage article on the home front poetry of Britain’s famous war poets from WW1.
THE MUSEUM OF LONDON HAS JOINED FORCES WITH TV CHANNEL HISTORY™ TO DEVELOP A NEW, ADVANCED VERSION OF STREETMUSEUM, WHICH GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ROMAN LONDON AS IT WAS 2,000 YEARS AGO
Streetmuseum™ Londinium directs you to locations across the capital where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman London. As you’re guided around the city you’ll unearth exquisite artefacts as if discovering them for the first time and reveal the stories of life in Londinium. From leather bikini briefs to hoards of gold coins, you can digitally excavate Roman artefacts where they were found, using your finger to dig or by simply blowing on your iPhone (blow mode only available on iPhone).
Key Roman sites in London, such as the amphitheatre at Guildhall, are brought to life through augmented reality video – produced by HISTORY™ – which re-enacts scenes of Roman London against today’s modern backdrop. Soundscapes also allow you to listen to the hustle and bustle of the forum or the sounds of ritual incantation at the Temple of Mithras. (AR mode only available on iPhone).
All these immersive experiences are brought together on a new map of Roman London – compiled and produced by Museum of London Archaeology – which is superimposed on a modern map of the capital, allowing you to see how the city has changed and grown over the last 2,000 years.
You can also use the map to follow a guided walk around the visible Roman remains of the city, to see what is left of Londinium in 21st century London. With all these features in just one app, you’ll have everything you need to reveal the hidden London which lies beneath your feet.
Want to continue London’s story? Visit the Museum of London to discover how the capital became the vibrant world city it is today, and to examine many of the artefacts featured on this app up close.
Streetmuseum™ Londinium is available nowfor iPhones and iPads and is free to download.
2015 is the 300th anniversary of the Jacobite Rising of 1715 which failed in its plan to restore the Stuart dynasty in Britain after battles at Braemar and Preston. In 1707 an Act of Union had united England and Scotland into one United Kingdom. England and Wales had already been together in a formal union from 1536. In 1714 the German Hanoverian family took the throne after the death of childless Queen Anne. The Jacobites (named after the latin for James – Jacobus) realised the importance of striking quickly to stake their claim. This is seen as the second of three major Jacobite risings in 1689/90. 1715 and 1745. The final Stuart Catholic male heir Henry Stuart died in 1807 nearly 100 years after the Protestant Hanoverians had taken control of Scotland as well as England!
Scottish plans to commemorate the ’15 – see below.