Sunday, 27 January 2019

Museum of London: Docklands

Warehouses and Docks at Canary Wharf
The past lives on.
Having visited the Museum of London, on a number of occasions, I thought that it was about time that we took some time to visit her sister museum, in London's Docklands. It was a pleasant summer morning as we approached Warehouse No. 1, which which has been fully restored and now houses the Museum.

Covering the full history of the River Thames and the docks, from the first Roman port, through the 1600s and on to the present day, all of its unique history is here.

On our visit there was a special exhibition entitled Roman Dead. This included many Roman remains that had been unearthed throughout the City. Some of them had only been discovered in the last few years, with the deep excavations undertaken in the construction of Crossrail.

Since we all enjoyed the visit so much, and with there being plenty of time left in the day, we took the Docklands Light Railway to Bank station, before making our way to the Museum of London. Thus visiting both museums, in one day.

Brief History

Opened in 1802, Warehouse No. 1 of the West India Docks was part of London's first enclosed dock system. At the time the West India Docks were the world's largest dock system.

The Grade I listed building, which was once a sugar warehouse, opened as the Museum of London: Docklands in 2003.

Many of the artefacts on display were originally held by the Port of London Authority, whic became parts of the Museum of London.

Spread across five floors the museum is laid out in an easy to follow timeline;
Floor 3: AD43-1800 The Thames Highway, Trade Expansion and London, Sugar and Slavery.
Floor 2: 1840-1945 Sailortown, First Port of Empire, Warehouse of the World, Docklands at War.
Floor 1: Thames Gallery and the Sainsbury Study Centre
Floor G: Special Exhibitions, Mudlarks (under 12s) and Cafe.
Floor B: Picnic Room and Classrooms.

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