These two essays consider how museum collections can illustrate, explore and help to understand the dynamics of cultural diversity in London’s history. 'Our Lives, Our Histories, Our Collections' is by Baroness Lola Young, former Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority (GLA). The essay explores the meaning of cultural diversity in the context of museums and their role as agents of change in taking forward recommendations contained in reports on museums and cultural diversity. The second essay is 'Unearthing our Past: Engaging With Diversity at the Museum of London' by Dr. Raminder Kaur. It focuses specifically on collections and displays at the Museum of London.