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The Museum of London has been collecting the memories of Londoners since the 1980s. The museum’s oral history collection now contains more than 5,000 hours of recorded life story interviews with a wide variety of people talking about their lives and everyday experiences.
Through its ongoing oral history collection, the museum is building up a detailed picture of what it was like to be a Londoner during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Interviews were recorded as part of the museum’s ongoing oral history collecting programme, and for particular museum projects.
Major projects undertaken include The Peopling of London, focusing on immigration and London's multicultural character.
There are also 200 interviews about working life recorded during the 1980s. These largely cover trade and manufacturing, with particular focus on London’s docks.
This collection holds 3,000 hours of taped interviews recorded by the London History Workshop Centre between 1982 and 1990. These include interviews by famous history workshop historians such as Raphael Samuel and Jerry White. The collection also includes all the audio interviews made by London Weekend Television for its series, The Making of Modern London.
Following the recent advice from the government and Public Health England surrounding COVID-19, the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands will be closed to the public as of Thursday 19 March.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community are of utmost importance to us and this decision is in response to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
We will continue to closely review the advice from Public Health England and monitor the current situation of COVID-19 to keep people up to date on our plans.
Please check www.museumoflondon.org.uk for updates from the museum.