Museum of London To Reopen

After five months of temporary closure, the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands plan to open their doors on Wednesday 19 May 2021, depending on government guidance, and welcome visitors once again.


The Museum of London is pleased to announce that the exclusive display, Dub London: Bassline of a City, celebrating dub reggae music and culture in the capital will be extended until 5 September 2021. The display not only explores the music’s influence but its wider cultural and social impact including the origins of the record shop as a community space, the continuing role of sound systems at events like Notting Hill Carnival and the religious, political and spiritual themes that form the pulse of dub culture and music.


 

The reopening also means that Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery at the Museum of London Docklands will be extended until 22 August 2021. This free major exhibition explores the largest Bronze Age hoard ever discovered in London with all 453 tools, weapons and other objects unearthed and on display to the public for the very first time. Starting with the moment of discovery, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey back through time to explore the mysteries, myths and realities surrounding the hoard’s burial.

 


Reopening the Museum of London Docklands also includes the extension of the The Krios of Sierra Leone display at the Museum of London Docklands until 4 July 2021. The Krios of Sierra Leone explores the unique and largely untold history, heritage and culture of the Krio people of Sierra Leone by highlighting the architecture, language, lifestyle and traditions of the Krio community. From its origins in transatlantic slavery through to the involvement of prominent abolitionists, the story of the Krio ties into the wider themes of the museum’s London, Sugar & Slavery gallery where the display is located.


 

Finally, the very popular Mudlarks children’s gallery will reopen after over a year of closure on Friday 21 May. The gallery has been refurbished and a new toddler area has been created to welcome our youngest visitors. Features include new interactive elements that introduce the stories of the docks in hands-on and stimulating ways. For more information on how to pre-book your free timed entry to Mudlarks visit the Museum of London Docklands website here.  

 

Keeping both visitors and staff safe is the museum’s top priority and measures first introduced upon re-opening in August 2020 will continue to be in place including timed ticket slots for entry. Visitors to each museum will be required to book a free ticket online, in advance, for a time slot of their choosing. These tickets are now available to book through 5 September 2021 from www.museumoflondon.org.uk

 

Both museums will be open from 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. However, from 29 May – 6 June and 19 July – Sunday 5 September, both sites will be open seven days a week from 10am-5pm for the May half-term and the summer holidays respectively, depending on government guidance.

 

For more information on opening hours, safety measures in place and what will be open on-site please visit the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands safety measures pages.

 

The museum’s comprehensive digital offer, which has so far delivered family-friendly online content such as Museum of Fundon and the Great Fire of London: Live Stream as well as online displays and collections such as The Clash: London Calling Smartify tourDisease XVotes for Women and Windrush Stories, will continue for those who are unable to attend.


Both sites remain free to enter but will be ticketed with timed entry, which must now be booked in advance. Tickets available at www.museumoflondon.org.uk 

Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb


Kaleidescope Entertainment is buzzing to announce that Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from May 17.
 

Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb is the third theatrical feature in the successful Maya the Bee franchise; an iconic animated series that has been entertaining young children for more than 100 years.
 

When a bored Maya and Willi bust out of winter lockdown early, they are catapulted headfirst into a top-secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred seed, Maya and Willi team up with their old pal's Arnie and Barnie to deliver the seed to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Mountain. When their "seed" hatches, Maya and Willi come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet - a smooshy, squishy little princess.

 
 
This adventure is a LOT more than they bargained for as they take on bounty hunters, thugs and ruthless enemies, to return the lost princess to her mountain colony, only to find it hanging in the balance of a turf war and remorseless predators. Willi discovers a side of himself that he never expected as he becomes protective of the tiny princess, but to save her, and her colony, Maya must learn that trust is not just a word, it has to be earned.


Ideal for fans of family adventures Antz, A Bugs Life and Bee Movie, Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb is an epic bug battle that will transport you to exciting new worlds.

Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from May 17th.


  

On The Blog - Chi Chi Laced Bridesmaid Maxi Dress

Chi Chi London has a gorgeous range of party dresses and maxi dresses. I have purchased a couple of Chi Chi London dresses in the past and always loved their maxi dresses. 


Read my full review of this beautiful Laced Bridesmaid Maxi Dress in Blue with open back detail from Chi Chi London bridesmaid collection.

What's On The Blog

 

Chocface - Edible Chocolate Images - Hear our thoughts on these tasty chocolate images 

Benefit They’re Real Magnetic Mascara -  Wendy's shares her thoughts.


Mothers Day With ASDA Photo - Review on Asda Photo personalised gifts.

Love Yourself: Freshly Prepared Nutritious Meals

 

We all know coming up with healthy appetising meals every day can be challenging, so I was really intrigued to try Love Yourself.

Love Yourself do all the hard work for you; creating healthy tasty menus using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients prepared with you in mind and cooked fresh every day. Their vision, to provide healthy foods to help you live a happy life. 

Simply choose a meal box from a Balanced, Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free or (any one of 14 different ranges to cater for different dietary arrangements) then the talented team of chefs at Love Yourself prepare, cook, and pack your meal box which arrives daily Sunday to Thursday between 5.30pm and 10pm all ready to eat diet plans start from as little as £15 per day and you can choose how many days you wish to order.

Once you have selected your diet plan, you can view the set menu of foods, but each day you will get:

 Breakfast 
Morning Snack 
Lunch 
Afternoon Snack 
Dinner


My Thoughts: I really loved using Love Yourself, having perfectly balanced meals delivered each evening made my life so much easier and I could really see the benefits of using this meal preparation service when working 9-5 every day, having your entire meals and snacks planned for the day just made life simpler and made me feel good knowing that I was eating was healthy. I would recommend ordering the day before, to ensure you have an entire meal for the following day.



Love yourself is perfect if you work long days or late nights, whenever you need a healthy meal at your fingertips, just knowing you could order an entire days meals and snacks is amazing, Love Yourself can provide you nutritious and tasty meals for the whole day, whereas otherwise you may have well just snacked or ate an unhealthy takeaway for quickness, I was so impressed with Love Yourself the meals tasted good and it was a pleasure to eat, most meal plan are £25.00 per day, which could be costly if you use them all of the time, but I can really see the benefits of using Love Yourself to step in on those hectic days to keep you on track.



I loved that all of the Love Yourself meals are compatible with the MyFitnessPal app, so it's easy for you to track your daily calorie intake by simply scanning the barcode in each meal label. Visit LoveYourself.co.uk prices start from £15 per day,

Museum of London to host exclusive free online event featuring Dermot O’Leary


The doors to our sites are temporarily closed here are some upcoming online programming at the Museum of London this March and April. 

  


Join The Museum Of London for a PAWsome exclusive online event celebrating Toto the Ninja Cat and the Mystery Jewel Thief, the new children’s book written by Dermot O’Leary and illustrated by Nick East 


Dermot O'Leary, broadcaster and author of the Toto the Ninja Cat series will be joined by Museum of London curator Meriel Jeater to delve into the history of London and find out what inspired Toto's newest adventures. 

From St. Paul's to the legend of Dick Whittington and his faithful cat Tom, discover surprising stories through the eyes of Toto and her gang of friends. By the end, you will be ready to take the Beasts of London quiz and find out where in the pack you'd fall in the capital animal kingdom.


This digital event will take place on the Museum of London's Facebook Page and is completely FREE. Find out more and sign up HERE to receive a reminder just before the broadcast begins and get 10% off Toto the Ninja Cat and the Mystery Jewel Thief paperback in our online shop.

9th April 2021, 11am

FREE - Online  

Recommend ages: 6-12  



 

Women's History Month: 
Celebrate women's histories past and present throughout March with online exhibitions, events, articles, videos and much more including:  

Votes for Women online exhibition - The popular temporary exhibition, Votes for Women, originally open from February 2018 to March 2019, is, now available online for the very first time. Discover this brand new online exhibition with a special short film introduction HERE.



Digital Herstories: women's voices in our heritage - Join online for a live-streamed discussion exploring women's presence and influence in heritage. From the women of the Sunday Movement who campaigned for museums to be accessible to the masses, right up to the present with the women championing Herstories in London's heritage organisations today, we will uncover the vital role of heritage organisations in platforming some of the incredible stories of the women who have shaped our city. 6.30pm on 31 March. Paid Advance Booking.  


More to be published and shared on the Museum of London’s Women’s History Month hub page soon! Follow @museumoflondon to stay up to date with news and programme updates.  

Making An Ideal Decision On Purchasing A Portable Air Conditioner


Staying in an enclosed environment on hot afternoons can be nerve-racking, especially when there is no air conditioning system. In such a situation, you should invest in one. A centralized or window air conditioner may take up a bulky portion of your room, even hindering your window view. You may even have to drill a hole on your wall, impairing its aesthetics. All these factors are avoidable with a ventless portable air conditioner. This guide contains everything you need to know about getting the best deal from a portable air-cooling unit.


Why Should You Select a Portable Air Conditioning Unit?

Of course, you have the option of purchasing a window or split air-cooling system. However, a portable air conditioner, also known as a portable swamp cooler, comes with several perks, including easy installation. A centralized unit’s installation cost may set you back by a fortune. On the other hand, you can install your portable system without certification or complex tools. And even when you are not comfortable with the location, you can easily reposition your unit. Perhaps, some of your rooms may have air-conditioning, while others don’t. A portable air conditioner is an ideal choice for this requirement. You can also purchase this cooling system if you don’t need to cool your home or office all the time. It is ideal for rental apartments. From a technical point of view, the ventless portable swamp cooler is not an air conditioner as the latter treats, dehumidifies, chills, and fill atmospheric air. With portable ACs, you can cut back on your utility bills.

Portable air conditioning systems tend to be noisier than window air-cooling options as they are entirely situated in the room. On the other hand, the latter’s noisy component stays outside the room. Another challenge that comes with portable air conditioners is their size and weight. Of course, these cooling systems are designed to reflect “portability”. But not all of them have the features required to transport them around. Likewise, some air conditioning units are heavier than others, making it difficult to lift and move them around. And when the weight is not a concern, the length may pose a challenge. To resolve this problem, you should get a portable cooling unit that is lightweight and has the right length. These features will make it convenient for you to carry the appliance. Some portable air conditioning systems have replacement restrictions. This factor is based on the need to drain the condensate and vent warm air. As such, you have to place them in an ideal location within the room, preferably close to the window, door, or any other opening. And while you do so, kindly bear in mind that the cooling system should be closer to the power outlet.



In Conclusion, What Will it Be?

Portable air conditioners are designed to meet specific indoor needs. However, before purchasing one, you have to examine the pros and cons. On the brighter side, newer models have eradicated most of the challenges discussed in this guide, compared to their predecessors.


Are There Downsides to Portable Air Conditioning Units?

Your unit may come with a condensate pan that stores water extracted from atmospheric air. You may have to go for newer models with auto-evaporation technology if you find this option discomforting.


Foster Boy - Movie

The Movie Partnership is excited to announce that their latest release, Foster Boy (Cert 15), will be available on Digital Download from 1st March. This legal drama, starring Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Shane Paul McGhie (After We Collided) and Academy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner Louis Gossett Jr., activates reform against corruption in foster care. 


A legal thriller about Foster Care, executively produced by Shaquille O'Neal, Foster Boy's deeply emotive plot follows the trial of a for-profit Foster care agency, who puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as a lawyer's young client, Jamal, with catastrophic results. Each man heals the other in the pursuit of justice, as they expose the horrifying corrupt agency. 


A film festival favourite, Foster Boy has won 17 major awards at the International Black Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and the Dallas Film Festival. It has received honours including Best Picture, Best Full-Length Picture, and Best of the Fest.

 


The film is based on writer Jay Paul Deratany's experiences as a trial lawyer fighting for child welfare in Chicago. 

 

Ex Prod O'Neal says, "A lot of what you see in that film, actually happened in the courtroom and Shane shows us the trauma and crushing emotional baggage foster kids carry for the rest of their lives."

 

Foster Boy is produced by Peter Samuelson; founder of First Star, a charity that gives academic support to young adults in the care system aiming at higher education or their first job. Lead Shane Paul McGhie maintains that getting to know kids from First Star, who bravely shared their experiences of Foster Care, was the driving force behind his moving portrayal of Jamal. He says, "They anonymously wrote me some letters, which I stuck up on my trailer mirror to remind me every day. If I was approaching a challenging scene I would look up at the letters and get that knowing that this was bigger than me and that I was doing it for them." 

 

The sheer volume of children in care who lack equal opportunity is not just an American problem. During Covid-19, numbers of children and Young People going into care Increased by 44% (Bernados, 2020). Almost half of these children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder as a result of childhood trauma (First Star).  Foster Boy invites the viewer to walk in the shoes of Jamal to understand the urgency for change. 



Digital Download Release Date: 1st March
Producer: Peter Samuelson
Writer: Jay Paul Deratany
Cast: Matthew Modine (Stranger Things, Full Metal Jacket), Shane Paul McGhie (After We Collided, Greenleaf), Louis Gossett Jr. (The Cuban, Roots), Julie Benz
Available on Platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Virgin, TalkTalk, Sky Store and Chili
Certificate: 15
Run Time: 105 minutes




 

Max Winslow And The House of Secrets - Coming to Digital Download Platforms on 15th February

 Munro Films will be releasing spooky family sci-fi Max Winslow And The House of Secrets (cert 12) on Digital Download from February 15th. Audiences can finally enjoy the film at home after a successful but limited run in cinemas due to lockdown closures. 


The movie features Sydne Mikelle as young tech genius Max, Chad Michael Murray and Marina Sirtis, the plot follows five teens, who are invited to the home of an eccentric billionaire to compete in a game to win his mansion. But the night takes a dark turn when they become trapped in the house and are forced to face off against each other and an evil AI entity who controls everything in the house, including their fate.



We were lucky enough to be invited to watch Max Winslow And The House of Secrets when it was first released the movie will have you on the edge of your seat, with nail-biting movie moments filled with amazing graphics and cool effects. I won't give to much away, but all is not what it seems in the House Of Secret and sometimes you need to confront your fears and face your truths to truly move forward. A must-see movie which will be loved by the entire family.


What critics are saying:

‘Such a cool movie and really exciting throughout'-★★★★★- KidzCoolIt

'Terrific'-★★★★- Film Hounds

'A Fun and easy watch for the entire family'- ★★★★- The Fan Carpet

'Mykelle makes herself a proud role model for the female STEM majors of the future'- ★★★★- Cryptic Rock


'Max Winslow And The House of Secrets is proven to be entertaining for all the family following a #2 spot in the US Box Office and a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Munro looks forward to introducing this title to a UK audience,


UK Digital Download Release Date: February 15th

Genre: Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Run Time: 1h 38m

Filming location: Arkansas

Cert: 12

Platforms: iTunes, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sky Store, Virgin

Director: Sean Olson (F.R.E.D.I., The Other Mother)

Producer: Johnny Remo (F.R.E.D.ISaved by Grace)

Cast: Sydne Mikelle (lead), Tanner Buchanan (Cobra Kai)Emery Kelly (Alexa & Katie)Jason Genao (On My Block)Jade Chynoweth (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Anton Starkman (Storks), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: Picard 2020, Star Trek Generations, Family Guy).


For more information check out  www.maxwinslowfilm.co.uk


ASDA - Personalised Valentine's Day Gifts For A Loved One

This Valentine’s Day, go one step further and show your loved one how much they mean to you with a personalised photo gift from the heart.

ASDA photo has a range of unique Valentine's Day gift ideas, where you can add custom text, messages and photos - perfect for adding a personalised touch. So go ahead and encapsulate your favourite memories spent together in a unique photo gift.

ASDA gifts cover a variety of budgets and are ideal for new couples to newlyweds, and those wanting to think outside the (chocolate) box and go for a homemade feel.

Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your 25th, there’s nothing more romantic than receiving a card tailored specifically to you. 

2. Mugs from £8.00
"Just their cup of tea" - ASDA has a selection of personalised mugs and travel mugs are a sure-fire way to brighten up even the dullest of mornings.

3. Cushions from £14.00
Have fun gifting this Valentine's Day, whilst adding a touch of freshness to your loved one’s living room.


4. Photo Books from £6.00
This Valentine’s create a photo book celebrating all the special occasions that you have shared as a couple.

5. Canvas Prints from £12.00
Make Valentine’s Day extra special and create a romantic personalised gift that can be proudly displayed on the walls.

6. Desk Art from £11.00
ASDA has a range of desk art (including our popular slate photos, ceramic tiles and acrylic blocks) is the modern take on a framed photo and ideal for showcasing your favourite photos together

Away - Multi Award-Winning Animated Masterpiece

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AWAY is about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way, he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection.

away

Director, writer, producer, animator and film score creator Gints Zilbalodis worked on the film for three and a half years, writing the story, creating the beautifully animated landscapes and characters, and composing and recording the enchanting music to this stunning dialogue-free film. 



This single-handed creation from Zilbalodis on a shoestring budget took critics by storm, gaining a 100% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes and winning the prestigious Contrechamp Award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019.  
 
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Following on from its UK and Irish cinema release in August, AWAY is available to pre-order now from Apple TV and iTunes. It can be purchased from Sky Store, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Rakuten and Sony from January 18th 2021.

Cert: U
Run Time: 75mins

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