All Press Releases for June 24, 2015

War, Plague and the Great Fire Covered in Major London Exhibition

The life and times of diarist Samuel Pepys is the subject of a major display in Greenwich.

    LONDON, ENGLAND, June 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- One of London's major exhibitions this year will open at the National Maritime Museum in November. Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution will run from 20 November 2015 to 28 March 2016, looking at the fascinating life of the famous diarist and exploring the turbulent era he lived through with 200 related objects from national and international museums, galleries and private collections. The National Maritime Museum is one of several great museums and galleries in Greenwich, one of London's richest cultural quarters with much for visitors to explore. Tourists should see for the best bars, best shops and best restaurants in Greenwich, as well as the latest room rates for cheap hotels in London.

Pepys, who worked for the Navy, was one of the most colourful characters of the 17th-century and witnessed many of the great events that shaped Stuart Britain, bringing them brilliantly to life in his candid diary. He lived through a time of turmoil, including Civil War, plague and the Great Fire. He was a naval mastermind, a gossip and socialite, a lover of music, theatre, fine living and women. Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution places this fascinating and multifaceted figure within a broader historical context, beginning at the moment a schoolboy Pepys played truant to witness the execution of King Charles I in 1649. It explores the turbulent times which followed, including the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658 and Pepys's only crisis, such as his operation to remove a bladder stone the size of a snooker ball without anaesthetic or antiseptic.

Pepys helped run the naval affairs of England, a career that propelled him towards wealth and power and the creation of a truly 'professional' navy and this is covered in the exhibition, as was the scientific revolution of the era - Pepys was president of the Royal Society when Newton's Principia Mathematica (Royal Society) was published, placing him at the centre of scientific debate. The exhibition ends with extraordinary events of the Glorious Revolution, which resulted in the overthrow of Pepys's great patron, James II. Using the voice and personality of the famous diarist, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution explores and interprets a remarkable time of great accomplishment, upheavals and excess. For more information, see

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