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My Week Gresham College professor Doug McWilliams, whose day job is running the Centre for Economic and Business Research, has a habit in his lectures of dropping in factual nuggets that send a shiver down your spine, And as the theme of the series is how the world has to change under the impact of the biggest-ever economic shock – the rapid rise of Asia – he has lots of material.

London Street Photography, Museum of London

There is a photograph by Horace Nicholls at the Museum of London's excellent London Street Photography that neatly encapsulates the elusive magic of street photography. It was taken at the Epsom Derby in 1910 and features a well-dressed lady in her thirties, who sits slumped at a table resting her head in her hands with a cigarette in mouth, lost in thought. But what thought? Street photography can capture a fleeting moment in a stranger's life for eternity, but it will never tell you what they were thinking. That's for the viewer to ponder.

London Street Photography

An extraordinary collection of street photography will open to the public at the Museum of London from tomorrow.

Candid cameras capture street life in London over 150 years

A magazine seller at Ludgate Circus in 1893 is seen here after being covertly snapped by Paul Martin, the first photographer to use a hidden camera in an attempt to record life in London "as it is". Visitors to the Museum of London are being given the chance to view life on the capital's streets over the last 150 years in a photo exhibition, set to open on Friday.

In pictures: The Siege of Sidney Street

An exhibition of artefacts and photographs from the notorious ‘Siege of Sidney Street,’ a gun fight between police and burglars which took place on 2nd January 1911, goes on show at the Museum of London Docklands on Saturday.

Siege of Sidney Street: How the dramatic stand-off changed British police, politics and the media forever

One hundred years ago, a botched robbery in the City of London ended in tragedy

Roman settlement found on historic estate

A Roman settlement brimming with ancient artefacts and human remains has been unearthed on a building site in west London, it was revealed today.

Revealed: 'Wickedness and vice' where Shakespeare became a hit

Filthy lucre, booze and high drama – and that was behind the scenes. Archaeologists digging in East London have unearthed compelling new evidence of the seamier side of life at London's oldest playhouse.

Galleries of Modern London, Museum of London, London

Previously hidden amid the Barbican complex, the story of the capital's history at last has a decent platform

London Pride: £20m revamp brings capital's museum up to date

Five new galleries will open at the Museum of London next week as part of a £20 million redevelopment to chart the ‘modern’ history of Britain’s capital and bring the museum up to date.

Richard Harries: The age of universally enforced human rights is still a noble dream

The drive to get human rights acknowledged in theory and observed in practice is one of the great movements of our time. When future historians look back they will single out the 1948 United Nations declaration on human rights as one of the outstanding achievements of our age. There are still terrible violations of human rights in many countries. Too often only lip service is paid to the idea. Yet there is now an internationally agreed benchmark for how individuals should be treated that had never been there before.

Observations: Prepare to shed tears of laughter as Laughterinoddplaces calls it a day

One of the underground gems of the comedy circuit, Laughterinodd places, is doing an Eric Cantona/ Harper Lee/The Office and calling it a day in its prime. As the name suggests, it is a comedy night in unorthodox venues, such as a launderette, an art gallery, a charity shop and even a comedy critic's living room. Robin Ince, Josie Long and Tim Key are among the comics who have performed at Laughterinoddplaces shows since it visited Newington Library, south-east London in October 2006. And its finale at the Museum of London (its third visit to the museum) on 2 July features some of the circuit's biggest names – Richard Herring, Perrier Award winner Will Adamsdale, Simon Munnery and Long.

Anti-Apartheid Movement : 50th Anniversary

It has been half a century since the Anti-Apartheid Movement was formed in London to campaign against the racially motivated marginalisation black people in South Africa.

Ellie Levenson: If you want attention, go and hide

Geocoaching is a modern-day hunt using a hand-held GPS device

Simone Kane: Around the UK

1 Fans of 'The Lord of the Rings' and The Chronicles of Narnia should head for the Royal Armouries in Leeds, where Arms and Armour from the Movies has 230 handcrafted props of weapons and armour that have never been shown before (royal armouries.org).

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