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An exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum marks 200 years since a flamboyant explorer discovered the sarcophagus of the Pharaoh Seti I. The Post reveals how one of the most important antiquities ever found in Egypt ended up in our neighbourhood.

 

One of the biggest names in classical music has taken on a new role as music director of the Clerkenwell-based London Symphony Orchestra. As Sir Simon Rattle launches a season of Barbican concerts celebrating his arrival at the LSO, The Post profiles the talented, innovative and sometimes controversial conductor.

 

Our round-up of the latest developments from the creative community.

 

It’s 180 years since Dickens completed his debut The Pickwick Papers, a comic novel whose hero lives in Clerkenwell. It became hugely popular yet there’s a dark episode involving the suicide of the illustrator. Andre Paine investigates the literary conspiracy theory.

 

The all-new Postal Museum has just opened and the public can now ride the subterranean Mail Rail for the first time. Andre Paine meets the engineer in charge of the hidden train tunnels beneath Clerkenwell.

 

Make sure to keep the 1st of July free for some EC1 revelry.

 

The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican (until 25 June) offers a life-size insight into the architecture of the country.

 

Science can be a baffling subject for the uninitiated, which is why an educational organisation is dedicated to demystifying it

 

What are the challenges and opportunities facing the capital? The Museum of London will be asking these questions and more in the year-long City Now City Future season until April 2018.

 

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