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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Museum of Brands (London Museum#22)

The Museum began life in Gloucester in 1984 and moved to London in 2005. It was the brainchild of Robert Opie who started collecting packaging before it disappeared forever. He wanted to follow the history of consumerism from Victorian times to see how it has evolved.  He started his collection 50 years ago and by 1975 he had enough material to hold an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum called The Pack Age and from there opened the Museum in Gloucester.

The Museum has recently moved to this building near Ladbroke Grove and when I visited  last week they had only  half the exhibits in place but will be up to speed by Spring 2016.
Arranged in decades the brands and packaging go back to the 1800s.

 For me it was like a walk down Memory Lane (well the last few decades were!).
 I remember the Roberts radio as I was given one when I went to College.
 Looking at the packaging it is interesting to note the number of brands that have not changed greatly over the years

 In the early 1900s many brand names ended with 'O'. I wonder why?


  1. There seems to be a lot of brass and sliver cleaning products, yes ending in 'o'. I can't see young people being attracted to the museum, but I'm sure it is very interesting to people over 40.

  2. What a great idea! I'd love to see something like this.

  3. ha

    Now that's a different kind of museum.

  4. A museum I never been to! Think I'll wait until they are fully set up. I'd never thought of the many brands that end on O. I'd have to add Haribo. Not around when I was a kid, but very familiar to my kids.

  5. What a fantastic museum! It'd be interesting to see how many brands are still with us today - there's a lot of them that I recognise, so they must have made their way down here too!

  6. So n ice to see all the old brands, some known and some unknown.

  7. You'll have to take us back there when the exhibits are fully up. What fun to walk back through time.

  8. Fun to see these reminders ... Lots of memories!

  9. Fabulous reflections on the wet pavements adn I love the sttain glass window. Have a lovely weekend

  10. I remember so many of those packages and brands, but then I am over 40 (just - honest}. It's a great collection to stir some memories. Have a great weeko!


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