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Entry: Opens 17 June - free entry

Co-curated by one of the first cameramen of grime, Roony 'RiskyRoadz’ Keefe, Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream is a brand new, free display that explores the history of grime in East London and the community at its heart.

Grime music emerged almost twenty years ago in the early 2000s and flourished through an informal network of record shops, youth clubs and pirate radio stations. Now the Museum of London is spotlighting the people and places across East London that shaped grime from then to the present day.

Partnering with those who were there at the scene's inception, this landmark display considers how the area has changed in the 20 years since and the impact of these changes on the future landscape of grime. A panoramic illustration by artist Willkay, a series of newly commissioned films, and personal artefacts will pay tribute to the parents, carers and youth workers who supported the city's grime MCs. Footage featuring Skepta and DJ Slimzee examines how these once emergent artists were able to find an outlet to share their music, uncensored through pirate radio networks such as Rinse FM.

From grime pioneer Jammer's basement, the iconic birthplace of one of the most important battle platforms in the UK music scene, to films and footage celebrating grime’s story of Black and working class ingenuity, this is your chance to explore the moments, music and people that took grime from the corner to the mainstream.

Useful to know

  • The display will be located in Ellipse Hall, on the lower ground floor of the museum.
  • Entry to the display is free as part of your visit.
  • You may wish to book a free general admission ticket to the Museum of London in advance, or there will be tickets available on the door on the day.
  • Please note that the film content in this display includes some strong and racially charged language that some may find upsetting. Warning notices are included to signpost this in the display.

Display
For: All
All ages
Entry: Opens 17 June - free entry

Gallery access

Ellipse Hall

10:00am-17:00pm

The gallery is on the lower ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. Please speak to one of our hosts on arrival if you need any assistance.

Free entry