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A video journey through 'A History of London'

Using 10 objects from the capital's museums, historian Dan Cruickshank explores the subjects and themes that have shaped London.

A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations with BBC London and the capital's local museums.

The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.

Becoming a financial powerhouse

Dan Cruickshank discovers how trade turned London into the world's financial centre.

In his first film, Dan starts in Elizabethan London looking at how trade turned the city into the world's biggest financial centre.

Using an Elizabethan cloth seal as our first object, we discover how trade helped put London squarely on map, largely thanks to the River Thames, and what it has meant for the city we live in today.

London's place on the world's stage

The Great Exhibition of 1851 showcased the city to the world.

In this film, Dan Cruickshank considers how the capital is now one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

But it was only 160 years ago that people started to flock to London - and that was due to a major event organised by Prince Albert; The Great Exhibition of 1851. It was a six month spectacle of international exhibits and sparked a trend for other countries to host major events to entice foreign visitors.

How the face of London has changed

Labels from a kosher distillery in Spitalfields

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and today over 300 different languages are spoken - but this is nothing new.

In this film Dan visits Brick Lane in the East End, often the point of entry for the capital's immigrants down the centuries.

Using wine bottle labels from a kosher distillery, Dan explores how many companies in the area grew to offer services and goods to the burgeoning Jewish community in the early part of the 20th century.

London's iconic transport system

How has the Underground shaped London?

In Dan Cruickshank's last film he takes a look at one the capital's great icons - the London Underground logo.

Known as the roundel it was designed in 1908 to help passengers distinguish the station name from commercial advertising.

London's Underground network is the oldest in the world and transports three millions commuters a day.

Shakespeare's London

Dan Cruickshank reports for BBC London.

The world's best known dramatist has long been associated with the Globe Theatre in London.

But little has been known of where his work was staged on arriving in the capital - Shoreditch to be exact.

Museum of London archaeologists have made a significant discovery that puts the East End firmly on the Shakespearean map. Excavation in Spring 2009 under a warehouse revealed evidence of a 16th century structure.

Dan Cruickshank takes up the story in this film.




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