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The places listed below offer a rich backdrop to the history of London communities. We will continue to develop the list, adding more suggestions and information. Visits to museums, galleries and archives will undoubtedly support and enrich the topics presented on the web site.



London Life - All communities

Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road , London , E2 9PA
020 8983 5200

The social history of childhood can be discovered here

British Library
96 Euston Road , London , NW1 2DB
T: 020 7412 7332

Vast collection of books and related materials. Education service available.

Clink Prison Museum
1, Clink Street , London , SE1 9DG
T: 020 7378 1558

On the site of the original clink prison, this fascinating exhibition examines the history of prison life, from the 12th century until its destruction in 1780.

Cuming Museum
155-157 Walworth Road , London SE17 1RS
T: 020 7701 1342

Worldwide collections of the Cuming family and the history of Southwark.

Fenton House (NT)
Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London NW3
T: 0202 7435 3471

A merchant's house dating from 1688.

Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road , Shoreditch, London , E2 8EA
T: 020 7739 9893

Interiors and furniture embracing a history of domestic life in London from Tudor times to the present.

Grange Museum of Community History
Neasden Roundabout, Neasden Lane , Neasden, London , NW10 1QB

Two hundred years of social history in Brent. The museum focuses on social and economic aspects of local life and culture. Education service available.

Hackney Museum
Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane , Hackney, London , E8 1GQ ,
T: 020 8356 3500

A museum of immigration and diversity, celebrating local communities in Hackney.

Hogarth's House

Hogarth Lane , Great West Road , London , W4 2QN
T: 020 894 6757

Former eighteenth century home of William Hogarth. Displays of Hogarth engravings and paintings.

Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Road , Forest Hill, London , SE23 3PQ ,
T: 020 8699 1872

World cultures, art and crafts can be experienced here.

Inns of Court and City Yeomanry Museum
10 Stone Buildings , lincoln 's Inn , WC2A 3JG
T: 020 7405 8112

Military museum of city regiments, seventeenth century onwards.

Visits by appointment .

London Metropolitan Archives
40, Northampton Road , London , EC1R 0BH
T: 020 7332 3820

The largest local authority archive in Britain , offering insights into London history from the twelfth century to the present day. Educational visits can be arranged.

Museum of London London Wall, London , EC2Y 5HN
T: 020 7600 3699

London from pre-historic to modern times. Lively education programme.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin 's Place, London , WC2H 0HE
T: 020 7312 2463

Portraits of influential people, dating from Tudor times to the present day.

Old Dispensary Museum
Romford Road , London E15 4SL
T: 020 8430 6393

Local history can be discovered at the Old Dispensary.

Sutton House
2 & 4 Homerton High Street , Hackney , E9 6JQ ,
T: 020 8986 226 4

Sutton House was built in 1535. It became home to successive merchants, Huguenot silk-weavers, Victorian schoolmistresses and Edwardian clergy.

The National Archives
Kew , TW9 4DU
T: 020 8392 5202

Formerly the Public Record Office, the National Archives offer visits to school groups.

Theatre Museum
Russell Street , Covent Garden , London WC2E 7PR

T: 020 7943 4700
Take a look at the history of theatre. The museum celebrates the history of performance in London .

Victoria and Albert Museum
South Kensington , London , SW7 2RL
T: 020 7942 2000

Art and design museum with extensive collections demonstrating the skills of artists and craftspeople through the ages.


Huguenots

19 Princelet Street , London , E1 6QH
T: 020 7247 5352
An unrestored Huguenot weaver's home is the base for a multicultural museum of immigration.
Admission is strictly by appointment .

Bank of England Museum ,
Bank of England , Threadneedle Street , London , EC2R 8AH
T: 020 7601 5491

Collections showing the history of the Bank of England.

Victoria and Albert Museum
South Kensington , London , SW7 2RL
T: 020 7942 2000

Art and design museum with extensive collections demonstrating the skills of artists and craftspeople through the ages. Silk weaving well represented.
 


Black and Asian Londoners

Black Cultural Archives and Museum
378, Coldharbour Lane , London , SW8 8LF
T: 020 7738 4591

The Archives have one of the largest collections of historical artifacts and items relating to the black presence in Britain . Its material details the history of black people in Europe from 208 AD to the 1890s and in Britain from 1900 to today. 

Visitors should make an appointment.

Bramah Museum of Tea and Coffee
40 Southwark Street , Bankside, London , SE1 1UN
T: 020 7403 5650

The museum tells the commercial and social 400 year old history of two of the world's most important commodities since their arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa . The story is told from a British perspective.

Brunei Gallery
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street , Russell Square , London , WC1H 0XG
T: 020 7898 4915

Exhibitions of works from Asia and Africa . The gallery promotes non-western culture and art.

Cutty Sark Clipper Ship
King William Walk, Greenwich , London , SE10 9HT
T: 020 8858 3445

An excellent insight into life aboard a merchant vessel.

Golden Hind Educational Museum
St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral street , London , SE1 9DE
T: 020 7403 0123

Full size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's ship, The Golden Hind. Discover life on a Tudor ship.

National Maritime Museum
Romney Road , Greenwich , London , SE10 9NF
T: 020 8858 4422

People from all over the world contributed to Britain 's maritime history. Black and Asian people worked on the docks, as sailors and, through force of circumstance, were compelled to travel to all corners of the world. 


Irish Community

London Canal Museum
12 – 13 New Wharf Road , King's Cross, Lonodn , N1 9RT
T: 020 7713 0836

The story of the making of London 's canals. The museum provides a useful backdrop to the history of the making of London .

Museum in Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road E14 4AL
T: 0870 444 3856

The Museum explores the story of London 's river, port and people over 2000 years. Galleries show how the region has been at the heart of centuries of social and economic change and pay homage to the people who helped to build and shape it.

National Maritime Museum
Romney Road , Greenwich , London , SE10 9NF
T: 020 8858 4422

People from all over the world contributed to Britain 's maritime history. Irish people worked on the docks, as sailors and, through force of circumstance, travelled to all corners of the world.


City Communities

London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB
T: Tel: 0207332 3820

The official record office for the archives of the City of London. As such it holds many public records of the city.

Guildhall Library & the Collage database
Aldermanbury , London EC2P 2EJ
T: 020 7332 1863

Itself almost 200 years old, the Library is primarily a library of London history, holding not only printed books but also a fascinating collection of maps, prints, drawings and paintings

Guildhall Art Gallery
Aldermanbury, London EC2P 2EJ
T: 020 7332 2056

Explore the city over four centuries through artists’ eyes. The new gallery displays about 250 works of art with a programme of temporary exhibitions exploring different themes.

Museum in Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road E14 4AL
T: 0870 444 3856

The Museum explores the story of London's river, port and people over 2000 years. Galleries show how the region has been at the heart of centuries of social and economic change and pay homage to the people who helped to build and shape it.

Centre for Metropolitan Studies
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
T: 020 7862 8790

The centre promotes the study of London as a metropolis on a world scale. The capitol’s history and development as a centre of population, trade, finance, society and political power are recorded in a rich store of documentary, graphic and material remains.

London Film Archive
78 Mildmay Park, London, N1 4PR
T:020 7923 4074

The twentieth century saw the lives of Londoners recorded on film for the first time. Explore the rich and varied images of London life an examine film as a historical medium.



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