Museum of Brands
Specific, unusual, and mostly unknown by Londoners, this museum is often empty. Full of branded boxes and packaging from all sorts of stuff—food packets, televisions, bikes, makeup—going back to 1800, it’s great for stirring up memories, especially useful to a writer. And artists love the retro graphics. It’s easy to think a product has always looked as it does now, but this place reminds you that it’s actually changed enormously over the years. It reminds you that your memory is never as fixed or accurate as you think.
Just 10 mins away, this small museum has a fascinating collection of packaging, magazines and memorabilia from the last 100+ years in the UK. A trip down memory lane if you grew up in the UK. Lovely courtyard garden with cafe.
If you are interested in brands and packaging, this place has a fantastic collection dating back decades. Branding, posters, advertising and fashion. £9 entry.
12,000-strong collection of packets, adverts and items from the Victorian era to the present day.
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