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Welcome to the Museum of Brands

A nostalgic journey through 200 years of consumer culture

Our collection takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through 200 years of social change, culture and lifestyle. It is an exciting new way of looking at history through the things that generations of families have thrown away. It’s a journey back through the memories of your childhood, all brought back to life again by our Time Tunnel – a fascinating insight into how we have lived since Victorian times.

The Time Tunnel

Explore the remarkable story of how our consumer society has evolved since Victorian times! In this journey of discovery that puts our favourite brands into their historical context, you’ll see royal coronations, two world wars, man landing on the moon and right up to the digital age!

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What’s On

Our Current Exhibitions

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Time Tunnel
(Permanent Exhibition)

Take a walk down memory lane and discover how brands have evolved since the Victorian times – and how we evolved with them.

Brushstrokes to Brands

5 August – 25 November 2023 

A new display, featuring artwork from ‘en plein air’ and studio painter Steven Smith. The temporary exhibit depicts heritage brands, found in the Museum’s core collection, through still-life oil paintings.

Blooming Brands – May Half-Term Activities

Kids Go Free 27 May – 04 June
Blooms are blooming, bees are buzzing so come and join us this May half-term for family fun with botanical-themed activities, plus a chance to see our award-winning garden in bloom!

Woven Cities

See three beautifully designed woven crests, created by Holland-based designers 75B. The tapestries are created to celebrate cities from around the world through popular brands and icons that resonate with daily life. You can see the new London Woven Crest, alongside crests from Amsterdam and Rome. 

Summer Party Venue

The Museum and its secret garden can be hired every evening for a range of summer events. Whether you are planning a client party for 150 guests or an alfresco barbeque for your team, we provide perfect venue for your seasonal celebration.

The Great Grocery Punch-Up 2022 Display 

Our new display showcases the most purchased products in British supermarkets throughout 2022.

easyGroup Display

A new display of still images and historical video footage featuring early advertisements to recent digital media campaigns, plus original promotional objects sourced from easyGroup and the Museum’s archives.

Pro Carton European Excellence Awards 2022

All of the winning entries from this year’s European Carton Excellence Awards will be on display until September 2023 showcasing the versatility of cartonboard and how it can be used to create sustainable and attractive packaging designs.

Professional Development

The Impact of Neuroscience on Design 

How do the messages our eyes send to the brain get interpreted? Why do some images have such rich meanings to us? How does recognition and attention work?
Join Jeremy Lindley as he discusses the impact of neuroscience on design.

19 September 2023 / 18:30

easyCome easyGo

An inside account of the birth and growth of easyJet and the easy family of brands from easyJet’s first marketing director, Tony Anderson

01 November 2023 / 18:30

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Upcoming Professional Development Talks 

Are you interested in boosting your branding or marketing skills? Do you have an interest in specific issues relating to our society? Or have an interest in talks related to our exhibitions and displays? See what’s on as a part of our regular talks programme.

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Professional
Development Archives

We have a great selection of topics. Either if you want to boost your branding or marketing skills or know about specific issues as LGBT+ representation in the media. Give a glance at our professional development archive. You can find reviews, audio and video from our previous events.

Activities

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Scavenger Hunt

Grab the whole family and explore the Museum of Brands from the comfort of your own home with our fun virtual scavenger hunt.

Workshop: Brushstrokes to Brands draw-along 

On 9 August, take part in our interactive draw-along event and meet the artist behind our Brushstrokes to Brands exhibition.

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Packaging Design
Online Exhibition

Visit our first online exhibition with Google Arts & Culture; Inventions & Discoveries for the “Once Upon a Try”. Explore some of the most influential packaging inventions.

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Brand Challenge

Toys, chocolates, family dinners… test how well you know your brand history with our Brand Challenge.

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Scrapbooks

Our scrapbooks are the perfect at-home pass time for any nostalgia lover. Step back into the spirit of your favourite decade with our evocative series of books. All purchases directly support the Museum charity.

Meetings and Events

Our events team is taking enquiries for our bright and airy event spaces, perfect for bringing your team together. We have several options for daytime and evening events, from away-days and board meetings to summer BBQs and product launches.

 

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Corporate Membership

Become a Corporate Member of the Museum of Brands. The support of our Corporate Members will enable us to care for our collection and to keep it conserved and accessible for years to come, so that it can continue to record and reflect the significance of consumer culture. Your support will also allow us to invest in and expand our educational activities and exhibition programme.

Living Brands

Our wellbeing programme offers creative activities for people living with dementia and their carers, providing creative reminiscence in the local community, professional development and opportunities to volunteer with the programme.

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Support Us

As an independent charity, we are grateful for the support of our founding sponsors and corporate members.

Our work is supported by generous grants from DCMS, National Lottery Heritage Fund, City Bridge Trust, Linbury Trust, Weston Foundation, The Marketors’ Trust, Kusuma Trust and RBKC.

Gift Shop

Round off your visit by shopping through a wide range of books, postcards, quirky gifts and stationery, posters, retro sweets and even classic toys and games – our shop has something for everyone. All purchases directly support the Museum charity.

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Help Us to Continue

As a small charity, we rely heavily on admissions and donations to protect our collection for the future. Our mission is to preserve, present and record the brands, packaging and everyday items we buy. Donate what you can to help us continue. 

Registered charity: 1093536