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Last Updated: Thursday November 24 2005 13:50 GMT

In Pictures: Medieval London

The Museum of London is opening a new gallery exploring the history of the city in medieval times. The 1,200 exhibits include these 'poulaine' shoes, recovered from the boggy Thames!

The Museum of London is opening a new gallery exploring the history of the city in medieval times. The 1,200 exhibits include these 'poulaine' shoes, recovered from the boggy Thames!

This brooch was found in a cemetery in Covent Garden. It dates back to the 600s!It contains copper, gold and garnets and the style was popular among Saxon aristocrats.

This brooch was found in a cemetery in Covent Garden. It dates back to the 600s!It contains copper, gold and garnets and the style was popular among Saxon aristocrats.

This gold ring is from the 1400s. It is decorated with engraved figures of St Thomas Becket and other Christian figures which were meant to protect the ring's owner from harm.

This gold ring is from the 1400s. It is decorated with engraved figures of St Thomas Becket and other Christian figures which were meant to protect the ring's owner from harm.

Records from 1173 show people skated on frozen Moorfields marsh, in the north of London. How did they do it? On skates like these that were made from animal bones!

Records from 1173 show people skated on frozen Moorfields marsh, in the north of London. How did they do it? On skates like these that were made from animal bones!

This is a child's knitted mitten and vest from the 1500s. Many poor people made their own clothes or bought them second hand.

This is a child's knitted mitten and vest from the 1500s. Many poor people made their own clothes or bought them second hand.

These dice and shaker are from the late 1400s and are made out of bone.  The dice were x-rayed and found to contain droplets of mercury so they always fell the same way!

These dice and shaker are from the late 1400s and are made out of bone. The dice were x-rayed and found to contain droplets of mercury so they always fell the same way!

This lady is trying on a headdress from the 1500s!  Queens, countesses and commoners all wore headdress in medieval times.

This lady is trying on a headdress from the 1500s! Queens, countesses and commoners all wore headdress in medieval times.



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