Last Chance To Catch Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

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Last Chance To Catch Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

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Left: Portrait of Samuel Pepys by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1689, courtesy of the National Maritime Museum. Right: Charles II in Coronation Robes by John Michael Wright, 1661-6 courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust.

There are only two weeks left to see Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich — this is an exhibition you really don't want to miss.

Pepys lived through a seminal period in the capital's history, and scribbled it all down in his inimitable diaries for future generations.

Find out how the Great Plague decimated London's population, how fire ravaged the medieval city and how ordinary Londoners were affected by seismic shifts between monarchy and republic.

Then there's the stuff you won't have seen in your history textbooks: saucy stories of kings and prostitutes, gory details about early operations and the hottest gossip from the Stuart theatre world.

The exhibition will come alive with music for The Deptford Diaries, a musical response to the show by the talents at Trinity Laban on Friday 18 March. Both the show and the café will be open late for the event — a great way to unwind at the end of the week.

Plus you can delve deeper into this fascinating era at A New Life of Charles II where TV historian Clare Jackson will talk execution and exile on Tuesday 22 March.

The exhibition will be open till 6pm daily for the final week, so no-one should miss out.

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution is at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich until 28 March 2016. Tickets are £12 adult/£6 child.

Last Updated 14 March 2016