This month's culture previews
’s Lost Jewels
In 1912, a remarkable treasure trove of 16th- and early 17th-century jewels and gems was discovered, long lost after being buried away in a Cheapside cellar. More than a century later, the Museum of London will be displaying the entire collection for the first time. The so-called ‘Cheapside Hoard’ has been analysed and researched using the latest technology, uncovering new visions of Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Why the hoard was never reclaimed by its owner and why it was hidden in the first place remain a mystery, intriguing questions that are explored throughout the exhibition.
From 11 October, Museum of London
Franklin and the Dissenters
In the final lecture of her 2013 public series, governor of Benjamin Franklin House and Founding Fathers aficionado Lady Joan Reid will discuss the leading author and political theorist’s relation with the religious establishment. During his near 16-year residence at the London house, Franklin made many friends who were disdainful of the Church of England’s doctrines as outlined in its 39 Articles. By understanding the characters involved, Lady Reid will shed light on the influence they had on the polymath during his London period.
7 October, Benjamin Franklin House, London
Roar with Laughter!
The Zoological Society of London is hosting a star-studded comedy fundraiser at the Hammersmith Apollo. With more acts to follow, the line-up is already topped by high- flyer and household name Lee Mack, and currently features the likes of Lucy Porter, Tim Vine, Francesca Martinez, Men in Coats and Greg Burns. Tickets are from £17, and filling the 3,500-seat venue would help towards much-needed finance for the animal conservation charity.
18 October, Hammersmith Apollo, London