“Fire! Fire!” Exhibition

1666. London. Suddenly a cry tears up the night. In a single sweeping moment, the houses of Pudding Lane are engulfed in fire. Thus, the Great Fire starts.

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1666. The doomed, accursed year. Charles II rules England, and everything seems (yet only seems) calm. In truth, it's all but calm. But His Majesty is—or looks—blissfully unaware. Up until the night in the very beginning of September, when the fire starts in a small bakery in Pudding Lane. It rages for three days, and the panic is so violent and strong, that it destroys the feeble hope as quickly as the fire itself. The king himself aids the people in putting it off, but it's hopeless: the city falls before the disaster. Street prophets call it the end of days, the Apocalypse, the common folk simply tries to master the will to continue after having lost everything. That's how the story goes.

Now, 350 years later, the Museum of London hosts a magnificent interactive exhibition, telling the story of the Great Fire, and the city that fell to its knees in front of it. Experience it in full, before the fire took hold of the capital, while it raged and after it was extinguished. Learn every single detail of the terrible tragedy faced by Londoners and the city, and see it from all sides and points. It will never be the same old story you know from the boring textbooks after you see and feel it yourself.

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When was it?

23 July 2016 – 17 April 2017 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where was it?

Address of Museum of London
150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Closest subway
 Barbican, St Paul'S

Additional information

Exhibition category
  • History & figures
  • Interactive
£4 – £8
  Published ID127277

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