Museum of London Docklands

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© Museum of London
Canary Wharf Free
Housed in a warehouse built 200 years ago to store sugar, coffee and rum, the museum tells the story of the Thames and its port and the people from all over the world who settled there. Thousands of objects and pictures – many rescued during the 1970s and 1980s when containerisation and competition forced London's port to move downstream – trace the area's history, from the arrival of the Romans to the rise of Canary Wharf. Historic photographs and printed material from the Port of London Authority Archive show the vast scale of the docks at the turn of the twentieth century and workshop reconstructions illustrate the many traditional port trades, now mostly lost. Metropolitan Fire Brigade footage and captured Nazi footage documents the impact of the Blitz on the area and oral testimonies explore the port's role in secret wartime projects. The Mudlarks gallery for accompanied under-8s includes a water play area (aprons provided) and a soft play zone. The Museum of London Docklands will be closed between July 9 and September 16 2012.
Venue name: Museum of London Docklands
Address: Hertsmere Rd
West India Quay
E14 4AL
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf; Rail: West India Quay DLR

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  • Photography Until Sunday November 1 2015 Free
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  • Late openings Saturday October 31 2015 - Tuesday November 24 2015
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  • Saturday December 5 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015
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  • Saturday December 5 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015 Free
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  • Saturday December 19 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015 Free
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  • Sunday December 27 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016 Free
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The Isle of Dogs may be one of the less visited areas of London, but it has a fascinating history which is makes a trip to this museum very worthwhile. Located in one of the few remaining dockside warehouses in the area, the museum tells the story of how the area became fundamental to the growth of London as an international trading hub in the 18th and 19th century, faced incredible hardship as a target for bombing raids during the Second World War and declined with the growth of containerisation in the 1970's, before its rebirth in the 1980's as the financial district that it is today. The story is told through original artifacts and photographs and a reproduction of a street in mid-19th century Wapping, which children will find particularly interesting. The permanent exhibition detailing the importance of slavery to international trade and the path to its eventual abolition is very though provoking. The museum is just the right size to allow visitors with young children to get round it all before exhibition induced temper tantrums kick-off. Westferry and West India Quay DLR are very close by and the surrounding area has many restaurants, shops and a cinema, so a few hours spent looking round the exhibits can be part of a day out in Docklands. Well worth a look.