Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2 (0171-600 3699) from 8 Sept
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A major new exhibition at the Museum of London marks the 1150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred the Great and the 1100th anniversary of his death. Regarded by many historians as "London's forgotten king", displays aim to highlight his role as an international figure and to demonstrate his role in the development of the City of London. Most experts agree that the capital as we know it has grown out of the "new town" that Alfred founded in 886 inside the old Roman city walls. Among the items on display are weapons, coins, jewellery, manuscripts and fine Anglo-Saxon metalwork. If you really want to get in the spirit of "Alfred the Wise", try your hand at Saxon weaving, stone-carving and Saxon cooking.