Over nearly 700 years, public executions came to shape the city we know today.
Public executions were a major part of Londoners’ lives for centuries. From Smithfield to Southwark and Banqueting House to Newgate Prison, executions became embedded in London’s landscape from the 12th century right through to the 19th century. Even today, hints of this uncomfortable past can still be seen across the capital.
The Museum of London is bringing the rarely told and often tragic human stories behind these events together in a new exhibition. Executions will showcase a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections, including the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I when he was executed, a recreation of the Tyburn gallows with an immersive projection, last letters of the condemned, and much more. Many of the items going on display have rarely been seen in public.
Visitors are advised that there are human remains on display in this exhibition, and content which may not be suitable for younger children. The recommended age is 12+. Children under the age of 12 are welcome in the exhibition at the discretion of their parents/carers.