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16/03/07
Museum Shines Light on Great Fire of London
- Exhibition delves into tragedies civic and personal in the burning heat of 1666

Great Fire of London, Dutch School style, 1666 (c) Museum of LondonONE of the most famous events in London's history is put on show at the Museum of London from Friday 16, under the banner, London's Burning: The Great Fire of London.

Video installations and imaginative displays convey the cataclysm in all its gory glory and also pick out what it was like to be alive when the world was falling down.

"The exhibition highlights the personal tragedies within the disaster that affected not just London but the whole country," said Meriel Jeater, the exhibition's curator.

The ravages of the Great Fire of 1666 are often seen as symbolic of a tumultuous half century that included the English Civil War, bubonic plague and the Glorious Revolution.

That's not quite how the blaze was seen at first. When he saw the fire in its early stages, London's Mayor declared that "a woman could piss it out."

Five days later most of the city had gone. The bonus for later generations is that without the fire, London probably wouldn't have some of its most important buildings, such as St. Paul's Cathedral.

London's Burning: The Great Fire of London, starts 16 March and is planned to continue until late 2009.



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