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.

Woven Cities 

From 19 November 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. 

Aide-mémoire: Shopping Lists

Finishing 31 March.  Now on display. See the collection of over 200 shopping lists compiled since 2016 by collector Lucy Ireland Gray in the town of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. Each list gives us an insight into trends and tastes which provides us with an intimate look at our consumer behaviours in the 21st century.

The Great Grocery Punch-Up 2022 Display 

From 25 March 2023, the new display will showcase the most purchased products in British supermarkets throughout 2022.

Easter Fun at the Museum

Bring the kids to the museum this school holidays and enjoy our Easter Egg Packaging Workshops and Easter Egg Brand Hunt from 1 to 16 April 2023.

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.

Royal Bank Holiday Weekend

As the first Coronation in the UK in 70 Years approaches, make the most of the long weekend with our exciting activities and consider 200 years of royal souvenirs on display.

Professional Development

Choosing Cartons for a Sustainable Future 

Winfried Muehling, Marketing and Communications Director of Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers, will discuss the latest consumer research on eco-friendly and sustainable packaging.

28 March / 18:30

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

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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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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.


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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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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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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.

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.

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 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