Small gallery displaying photographs and props and costumes used and worn by some of Britain's most famous clowns. Clowns have an unofficial rule that no two performers are allowed to have the same make-up. In order to ensure that clowns weren’t duplicating each other’s look, a practice of painting each unique design onto an egg began (real eggs were used originally and later ceramic eggs were substituted). The museum has a collection of more than 200 of these eggs. It opens on the first Friday of each month. Access is via Cumberland Close (to the rear of church) by pressing the doorbell. Outside normal opening hours, group visits can be arranged by contacting the curator – Mattie Faint – on 020 7608 0312.
|Venue name:||Clowns Gallery-Museum London|
Holy Trinity Church
Beechwood Rd (entry is on Cumberland Close at the back of the church)
|Opening hours:||first Fri of the month noon-5pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 38, 149, 236, 243 bus; Rail: Dalston Junction Overground|
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Took the Overground to Dalston Kingsland station and walked several blocks on Kingsland Road to Forest Road. Was greeted by very helpful, pleasant staff. Made a small donation and had a very nice visit. Took several pictures home to the States with me.
This tiny venue holds a wonderful collection of clown antiquities, history and memorabilia. All the favourites are there and curated by retired clowns passionate about their profession. It's free, although donations are very welcome and the curators are delighted to chat with visitors over a nice cup of tea and biscuits. I highly recommend supporting this museum. It's well run, ever evolving and is great for adults as well as children.