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This collection reflects the historic trade and industry of the city, as well as the everyday lives of millions of Londoners.
The museum holds many thousands of physical objects related to the social and working history of London.
General domestic material is held in the collection such as:
The museum's collection of tools and workshop material is one of the largest in the UK. Many trades are represented including:
Many of the workshop groups include equipment, tools, fittings and archive material.
London’s offices, markets, and entertainment industries are also represented.
This collection includes:
General material on London subjects includes:
Telecommunication is a particularly strong area of the collection with a range of telephone kiosks, telephones, telegraphic instruments and exchange equipment. The Museum is one of the partners of Connected Earth, founded by BT, and artefacts can be viewed online.
Please note that from 16 July to 30 September inclusive the Curatorial team will not be able to answer any enquiries by email or telephone, offer any research visit appointments, or undertake identifications. This is due to preparatory work on the new Museum of London project. We apologise for any inconvenience.