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BBC Radio 2's #500Words is back and is heading to the Tower of London for the final! Find out more and get involved here: [ Bbc.in Link ]
Today in 1928: The River Thames floods Water Lane and the moat at the Tower of London – one of the only times it has been filled since the Duke of Wellington drained the moat in 1845.

Photo via Bishopsgate Institute
Today in 1367: Richard II is born

Richard's reign began and ended at the Tower of London. His magnificent coronation procession set out from the Tower to Westminster Abbey in 1377, but it was also at the Tower where he was pressured to sign away the crown to his cousin, Henry IV, son of the powerful John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster in 1399.

Discover more about the reign of Richard II here:...
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Today in 1643: Isaac Newton is born

As well as being a world-changing mathematical and scientific genius, Isaac Newton was also Master of the Mint at the Tower of London from 1699, responsible for the β€˜recoining’ of the English currency - and punishing the clippers and counterfeiters!

Find out more about the history of the Royal Mint here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Happy New Year!
Today in 1719: The King’s Astronomical Observator, John Flamsteed, dies.

Clergyman and mathematician, John Flamsteed was the first Astronomer Royal and in charge of running the Royal Observatory. It is believed that Flamsteed asked Charles II to remove the ravens from the Tower of London as they were hindering his astronomical observations. However, Charles II refused, having faith in the...
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Merry Christmas!
This weekend Armoury in Action brings a thousand years of history at the Tower of London to life in an exciting, hands-on experience. Learn to shot a bow, fire a cannon and ride like a cavalry officer in this new exhibit, created with Royal Armouries.

See our Instagram story for a squeak peek: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Armoury in Action, our new exhibition created with Royal Armouries opens today. Make this new interactive and family friendly activity a part of your visit to the Tower of London.

Learn more about the activities and games that you can discover here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This week, our new exhibit, Armoury in Action, created in collaboration with Royal Armouries will open in the White Tower. Come and clad a king in his armour, learn to ride like a cavalry officer or become a master archer. This family-friendly exhibition is filled with interactive activities for all ages.

Armoury in Action opens 15 December: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today in 1541: Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were executed.

It is said that both men had relations with Henry VIII's fifth wife, Catherine Howard, resulting in their arrest and execution. Dereham was hanged, drawn and quartered for his crimes, whilst Culpeper, a former favourite of the king, was beheaded. According to custom, their heads were placed on top of London Bridge.
This stunning shot of the Tower of London by @trixa_bella is one of 9 shortlisted for our Photo of the Year!

Each week, we pick our favourite palace photos from the brilliant selection shared on social media by our visitors. Now, as 2016 draws to a close, we’re asking you to select our Photo of the Year. Take a look at the shortlist and cast your vote on our blog. The winner will be announced...
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Join us in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula to celebrate Advent and Christmas 2016 with music and song. In this historic and intimate Chapel, nestled in the shadow of the Tower of London’s mighty White Tower, three acclaimed ensembles will perform three very different programmes.

Celebrate #Christmas at the Tower: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Puer Natus est: A boy is born
An evening of Tudor Music...
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Today in 1499: Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne, is hanged after attempting to escape his imprisonment in the Tower of London.

In 1491, Warbeck claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the two β€˜Princes in the Tower’. Over the next six years, he proved to be a major threat to Henry VII, rallying support for his claim to the throne. Eventually, Warbeck was captured and...
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The Byward Tower of the Tower of London was built in the 13th century and is home to a beautiful and very rare medieval wall painting. It was concealed for many centuries only to be re-discovered by art restorers in 1953. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist, St John the Baptist and St Michael the Archangel.

Curator Jane Spooner explores the painting in more detail on...
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Replicating Medieval Wall Painting at the Tower of London - HRP - Curators Blog

From Normans and Huguenots to Indian lascars and the arrival of the MV Windrush, London has always been a highly mobile metropolis. To discuss the history of migration, we have invited a panel of writers, broadcasters and historians to take part in our Curious Connections series on 22 November at the Tower of London.

Curious Connections... Migration and Mobility will feature contributions...
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The Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London is home to an exquisite 17th century organ. Around 400m squared of gold leaf has been delicately applied to the pipes as part of recent conservation works.

This festive season, the Chapel is hosting a series of concerts in celebration of Advent and Christmas. Find out more about the Chapel's festive programme here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
There's a delightful chill in the air as the Tower of London Ice Rink gets ready for its grand opening. Come and skate in our moat, available daily from 11am.

Get your skates on: [ Bit.ly Link ]