The London Stone. Image credit AlanS

London Stone: Making a Myth
Tue 13 Apr, 6.30-8pm
John Clark, former Senior Curator (Medieval), Museum of London

John Clark has recently retired from a long and distinguished career as Senior Curator (Medieval) at the Museum of London. In this talk he investigates the strange history of London Stone, the mysterious block of limestone that currently sits, ignored by passers-by, in an alcove in the wall of a building opposite Cannon Street Station. Already a subject of speculation in the 16th century, subsequently identified in turn as a Roman milestone, as a Druid monument, as the ‘Stone of Brutus’ and as ‘London’s original fetish stone’, it is now considered by some to play an essential role in the ‘sacred geometry’ of London. How have such diverse opinions as to its purpose arisen? – and can we truly identify its date and its original function?

 meetings take place in the Clore Learning Centre at the Museum of London, London EC2Y 5HN at 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Refreshments are served from 6:00pm. Meetings are open to all; members may bring guests, and non-members are welcome.