Much of what the Museum of London owns is hidden away in a warehouse near Hoxton — it's just not large enough to display everything in its collection. However, the archives open up to the public regularly, showing off fascinating artifacts, from bear bones to Roman manacles.
The Museum of London archives is open to the public on certain days of the year. Here's what's coming up soon:
Archaeological Erotica: Discover Londoners’ relationship with the risqué, from cheeky Venus figurines to explicit furnishings from Victorian gentlemen’s clubs. 6 and 20 February, 11am-1.30pm
Hidden London: What lies beneath the Gherkin or the Olympic Park’s Velodrome? Explore archaeological secrets from beneath some of London’s most iconic buildings. 5 and 19 March, 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm
Shakespeare’s London: Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. Delve into the world of Shakespeare and handle artefacts discovered at London’s Elizabethan theatres. 2 and 16 April, 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm