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Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution exhibition

Don't miss your last chance to delve into the turbulent history of Stuart London with famous diarist Samuel Pepys as your guide in the National Maritime Museum's current major exhibition - now entering its final weeks.


The Great Plague in numbers

In 1666 the Great Plague tore through London, wiping out nearly a quarter of its population. See how it spread, who was blamed and how many died in our infographic – packed with surprising facts and figures.


The Great Plague

Bubonic plague terrorised Europe for centuries. In 1665 a devastating epidemic struck this country killing thousands of people.

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Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

Open until 28 March 2016, the National Maritime Museum's exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution explores the world of Stuart London and the changes of the late 17th century.

Samuel Pepys season

Immerse yourself in the the National Maritime Museum's special exhibition 'Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution' and the accompanying events season exploring one of the most vibrant periods of our history.

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World Health Organisation on modern plague

We've all heard of the Great Plague ravaging Europe centuries ago but did you know that it still exists today? We speak to Daniel Epstein from the World Health Organisation to find out more.  

Blog post

Plague in the modern USA

It's 350 years since Samuel Pepys saw the Great Plague devastate London, so why are Americans still being killed today?