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Today I visited the Museum of London to learn more about the history of this great city.

Museum of London entrance: photo by Martin Addison, from Wikimedia Creative Commons

The Museum of London is set up for visitors to follow the exhibits in chronological order, “like IKEA” the information lady told me.  (I guess I look like an IKEA shopper!)  It begins with an exhibit on the area before the city was founded, continues with Roman times, the medieval era, on up to modern day London.

The Romans invaded the area around 43 AD, planning to build a bridge across the River Thames for better access to the rest of Britain.  It is believed that the site of the original London Bridge is very close to the current site.  The Roman city, Londinium, grew around the northern end of the bridge.

The museum is built right by the old city wall.  Construction first began on the London Wall around 100-120 AD under the Romans.  During the bombings of World War II and the subsequent rebuilding of the city, parts of the wall were rediscovered and researchers were able to determine the outlines of the city wall.

Near the Museum of London, on Noble Street, this section of the wall was uncovered during one of those German bombing raids.

Archeologists continue to make discoveries about Londinium today, especially when areas are excavated for modern building projects.  The article below describes how an old Roman bath was recently found along the Thames near the site of the first London Bridge.