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This gallery explores the history of the building and the story of London’s docks.
Meet the merchants, sailors & pirates who transformed the port of London
Dockers got hooked on their work. To unload awkward cargo, dockworkers used hooks like this one, sliding them under ropes.
1600 – today
Discover how the trade in enslaved Africans and sugar shaped London
The trade in enslaved Africans and sugar was nicknamed the Triangle Trade.
Discover a city being transformed by vast new docks
When old London Bridge was torn down in 1831, it got recycled - into knives and forks!
Explore the dark alleyways of London’s Sailortown
Sailors brought exotic birds from Africa and South America to London.
Discover when London was the hub of the world’s largest empire
The worst maritime disaster in British waters happened on the Thames.
Turn of the century London was the world's busiest port
The docks were the first target in the London Blitz
Football rattles were used to warn of German gas attacks during the Blitz.
1945 – present
Decline & regeneration as Docklands was reinvented for a new century
When it was built in 1990, One Canada Square was the tallest building in Britain.
An interactive space for children up to 8 years old and their parents and carers
125 different types of fish live in the Thames.