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See the first ever issue of Time Out at the Museum of London

By Steph Dye

Continuing our online series of Time Out's highlights from some of London's best collections Steph Dye picks a favourite exhibit from the Museum of London.

One of the original settlements established by the Romans after their first invasion in AD 43, Londinium - as it was known then - has survived war, plague, fire, Ken and Boris to become the bustling metropolis it is today. This journey, from ancient marshland to one of the greatest cities on earth, is documented at the Museum of London. Some consider the building - part of the Barbican Estate - a bit of an eyesore, and the entrance is certainly tricky to find, but the layout was considered innovative at the time of the building's construction, with all the exhibits presented along a single route that follows the capital's chronological history. There are plans to move the museum to Smithfield Market, but that's still some years off. So check out our highlights from the collection. They include the first ever issue of Time Out, published on August 12 1968 and costing a shilling (equivalent to about 80p today). The magazine was started by Tony Elliott while he was a student at Keele University. It was a double-sided A2 sheet, folded to create an A5 booklet, covering topics including 'rabbit food' (vegetarian restaurants), 'blueish films' (porn) and 'buildings' (buildings). Highlights include a music listing for Jimi Hendrix, although fans must have been disheartened that it revealed he was out of London on tour for all of August and September. There are three Time Outs on display in the contemporary gallery: the first issue and two from 1981, one marking the beginning of New Romanticism, the other debating racial prejudice in the capital. Makes you feel proud!

See our seven favourite objects from the Museum of London.

Or read about ten museum exhibitions we're excited to see in 2016.

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