London’s Underworld Unearthed: A private view…

The Gin Twists flowed and a great time was had by all as we welcomed 120 guests down to the private view for London’s Underworld Unearthed: The Secret Life of the Rookery at the Coningsby Gallery. It was great to see lots of people from the Museum of London there, plus assorted journalists from the Independent, New Scientist, The Londonist and people from the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London.

Alongside the Gin Twists (original recipe and gin kindly provided by Sipsmith – see previous Missive) we provided canapes served up by assorted ’19th c. urchin beggars’ so a big thank you to Malakai, Lola and Indigo Alfaro for assisting us on the night. Many people helped prepare the show and I thank them all: Rory, Chris, Doug, Michael, Jasmine and Sharif. I am completely indebted to Jessica Skippon who tirelessly fundraised towards the exhibition and did much more besides – thanks so much Jess.

Finally, Sian Anthony flew in especially for the private view from Copenhagen, where she now works. Sian led the archaeological dig on behalf of the museum, writing up her findings in the publication that accompanied the exhibition. It was Sian that I first approached with the idea of this exhibition and it is thanks to her that it initially all came about. The other key people that really got behind the exhibition at Museum of London Archaeology were Meredith, Lucy and Sophie: massive love and thanks to them all!
So below is a little of what went on…

Photography: © Barney Newman –

Inside from the outside..

A 19th c. urchin with canapes

Me and an hour long list of ‘thank you’s’…

A big thank you to the wonderful Jessica!

Lucy Whittingham from Museum of London Archaeology

Sian Anthony, who led the Rookery archaeological dig for the museum

Meredith and Liz from Museum of London Archaeology

Graham from Radio London and Nicola from the MoL Press Office

David R. Green and Nigel from Museum of London Archaeology

Aiden Green from the Camden Archives with my family

Adrian Stranik from the Silver Brazilians and the lovely Adele!

The Gin Twist had kicked in by now… thank you and goodnight!

Leave a Reply

Please use your real name instead of you company name or keyword spam.