Posts Tagged ‘London’

Brains: The Mind as Matter

April 17, 2012

The University of Portsmouth is involved in this exhibition at the Wellcome Trust about the human brain:


Locating London’s Past

December 17, 2011

This site allows you to search a wide variety of digital historical resources, such as records of crime, plague deaths and archaeological finds, and plot these onto different base maps, including John Rocque’s well known map of London from 1746.

[Thanks to SW and GF for spotting this first]


Dr Who Tube Map

August 23, 2011

Here’s yet another design based on the famous London Underground map. This time the theme is Dr Who, with the added bonus that every entry is clickable and takes you to a wiki page about one of the baddies.

Out of this World

June 10, 2011

At the British Library in London there is an exhibition about the role science fiction has played in influencing scientific thought and discovery:

London Surnames

May 3, 2011

This map, produced by a researcher at the UCL Department of Geography, shows the 15 most frequent surnames in each of 983 geographic units across Greater London. It’s facsinating to see how the most popular surnames seem to cluster together.

Barclays Cycle Hire animation

February 7, 2011

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in London allows you to take a cycle from a docking station, ride it where you like and then return it for the next person to use.

Here’s a lovely animation that uses data supplied by Transport for London to show the flow of these hire bikes during the 4th October Tube strike in 2010.

Carbuncle Cup

August 17, 2010

The Strata Tower in London’s Elephant and Castle has won the award for the ugliest new building in Britain. Judging by the other entries shown here it was up against some pretty stiff competition.

Wenlock Olympian Society

May 26, 2010

Wenlock and Mandeville, the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots were unveiled last week (does anyone else think they look like Gogo’s Crazy Bones, the collectible figurines?).

Wenlock is named after the town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, home to the first ever Olympian Games that were held here in 1850. There’s more about the Wenlock Olympian Society here:

Monumental videos

March 5, 2010

Vimeo hosts all sorts of video footage.  But if you’re interested in short and informative snippets about various London monuments, try:

TOTD has already learned something new. 

Well produced with an engaging presenter there don’t appear to be any recent postings – more please!

Proceedings of the Old Bailey

August 24, 2009

The Central Criminal Court in the U.K is popularly known as The Old Bailey. It deals with major criminal cases from Greater London and, in exceptional cases, from other parts of Britain. It stands on the site of the medieval Newgate Gaol, on Old Bailey, a road which follows the line of the City of London’s fortified wall (or bailey), and gives the court its popular name.

In an exciting new project the Proceedings of the Old Bailey have been published online in a fully searchable database. It covers trials from 1674 to 1913 and is the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.

This is a particularly valuable resources for people researching their family history. TOTD was able to locate two ancestors in the proceedings, both of which were witnesses (rather than criminals) in trials. It’s amazing to be able to read your ancestor’s actually words. Even if you can’t find a relative reading the transcripts are fascinating and the punishments sobering in there severity.