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Selling a Duchess in Eighteenth-Century Whitehall

In 1786, the bon ton flocked to Privy Gardens in Whitehall to attend a vast auction of curiosities, art works and antiquities owned by the deceased Duchess of Portland

Sir Ashton Lever’s Lost Museum

In the eighteenth century, Leicester House was transformed to a since-lost museum. Among its curiosities was a stuffed Hippopotamus and objects brought to Britain by the colonist Captain James Cook.

Discovering Historical Graffiti at the Tower of London

In 1791, workmen at the Tower of London discovered extensive historical graffiti left by prisoners – including the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey – centuries earlier.

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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – ‘Mother, I saved him… but could not save myself’

Recounts the story of Solomon Gellman, aged eleven, who was run down and killed on Commercial Street in 1901 while trying to save his little brother from being injured.