The 12,000 original items in the London Museum of Brands collection include toys and games, posters and magazines, fads and fashions, postcards and packaging for food, drink and household products. The promotional material and posters date back to Victorian times. From decade to decade the collection shows how brands evolved through packaging and advertising. Visitor Information
Visitors to the museum can see, through the advertising, the changes that took place in daily life and how our shopping habits reflect the times. Ads for groceries and household goods changed as technology became part of our lives and also were affected by war and the freeing of women from domestic drudgery.
The collection is the work of one man, Robert Opie, a consumer historian who started at age 16 with a packet of Munchies. Over the years the collection grew to reflect toys, comics, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, royal souvenirs, fashion and design. There are changing exhibitions during the year.
This is a fascinating museum. Allow a minimum of two hours, three is better.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Tel. 0 207 243 9611
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun-11am-5pm; closed during Notting Hil Carnival, 24, 25 and 26 December and New Year's Day. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing
Web: Museum of Brands
Photos © by Barbara Ballard
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