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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.

Jubilation: 200 years of Royal Souvenirs

From May 21 visit our new display celebrating over 200 years of Royal inspired packaging and Jubilee souvenirs. Including two new trails and children’s activites

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Professional Development Talks

Are you interested in boosting your branding or marketing skills? Or have an interest in specific issues relating to our society? Join in on our regular Talks, which are a great way to increase your knowledge of skills fit for a professional environment.

 

Express Yourself: Find Your Brand

From 4 July, we will be generating the conversation and encouraging self-expression around identity, culture, and heritage. Looking at how this has been portrayed through marketing campaigns and consumerism, we will shed a light on problematic issues in branding and advertising, as well as give an accolade to those who have rebelled against stereotypical ‘norms’.

The Grocer’s
Top 100 Brands

This exhibition presents The Grocer’s ranking of Britain’s Biggest Brands and explain the trends that have characterised the last year of consumer choices.

When Brands Take
Take a Stand

Our display examines how brands, for better or worse, engage with social issues and causes such as inclusion and diversity, health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, political participation and issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional Development

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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.

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Gift Experiences

Treat a loved one to an experience to remember with a gift ticket. All gift tickets are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations.

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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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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.

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Brand Challenge

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

Covid-Secure Events

Our events team is taking enquiries for our bright and airy event spaces, perfect for reconnecting with your team. We have adopted new measures to welcome our clients back in safety, including dedicated venue access, contactless service, hygiene station and safe catering options.

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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.

Join us for creative reminiscing, engaging events, professional training and volunteering opportunities.

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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 on the income from ticket sales and visits to preserve our collection for many years to come. During lockdown you can grab a bargain ticket (worth £9) when you make a donation of £5 or more to the museum. Registered charity: 1093536