Discover London's historic waterways at the Museum of London Docklands' new exhibition.
Londoners have lived beside the waterways for centuries as they shaped the city and the people within it, inspiring some of our finest artists, authors and poets. Secret Rivers uses artworks, archaeological artefacts, photography, and film to reveal a wide variety of these waterways and explores why many of the rivers, streams and brooks have disappeared over time.
The exhibition includes many previously unseen artefacts unearthed from the River Fleet, hinting at the diverse industrial, economic and religious roles that these rivers played throughout history.
> Craig’s review of Museum of London Docklands – “You have to be seriously into the history of London to enjoy this place. Try the Museum of London first (for the city's history) and then this one for the river's history, because it concentrates on the docks. Most of the historic wharves around Canary Wharf have long since been bombed and demolished and replaced with skyscrapers and impossibly expensive flats, but th… continued”
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre – Sat and Sun – A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital.
Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms – Every day – Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
Call in the Cavalry — National Army Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 9 Jun 2019 – An exhibition about the British Hussars, exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars.
Crime Scene Live! — at the Natural History Museum – 5 Nov 2018, 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 24 May and 7 Jun 2019 – A group event where you'll turn into a CSI and collect evidence around the Natural History Museum to solve a murder mystery
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Museum of London Docklands then you might like to visit Canary Wharf (you can walk it in 6 mins), London Canal Museum (catch the train from West India Quay to Kings Cross St Pancras) and Museum of London (catch the train from West India Quay to Barbican)
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