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Saturday, February 19, 2011

London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911 (UK)

London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911 (UK)"To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the siege of Sidney Street and Houndsditch Murders, the Museum of London Docklands will open London Under Siege: Churchill and the Anarchists, 1911. In partnership with the Jewish East End Celebration Society, the exhibition will set the murders and the siege in their historical and social context, exploring immigration at the time and the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill's role at the siege. The Houndsditch Murders took place on the night of 16 December 1910 when a group of armed Latvian revolutionaries attempted to break into H.S. Harris' jeweller's shop in Houndsditch. Three City of London policemen were fatally shot and two were disabled for life. The murders remain the highest loss of police life on a single day. The Siege of Sidney Street took place two weeks later on 3 January 1911. Over 200 armed police and a detachment of Scots Guards laid siege to 100 Sidney Street in Stepney where two of the Houndsditch gang were hiding. London under siege: Churchill and the anarchists, 1911 runs until 10 April 2011 at the Museum of London Docklands, entry is free"

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