The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising presents the collection of consumer historian, Robert Opie, who saw the need to record the history of the products around us.
Starting at the age of sixteen with a packet of Munchies, Robert built up the collection that now extends to all aspects of daily life – toys, magazines, technology, travel, souvenirs, fashion and design. He comments, ‘When the thousands of pieces of our social history are assembled into some giant jigsaw, the picture becomes clearer as to the remarkable journey we have all come through’.
From 1984 to 2001, the collection was housed in the Museum of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester. In December 2005, the Museum moved to London with the aid of pi global who undertook fundraising and many other tasks including achieving charitable status in 2002.
Christmas the way you remember
at the Museum of Brands
Treat your colleagues or clients to 150 years of nostalgia at one of the coolest and quirkiest London attractions. Once your guests walk into the charming Colville Mews in Notting Hill, they’ll take another turn down memory lane. Surrounded by the toys and foods of their childhood, your guests can enjoy Christmas present and Christmas past in the world’s only brand heritage venue.
Drinks & canapés package from £38 pp
Dinner package from £78 pp
Full music license
Contact us for a perfect, retro Christmas party
Francesca 020 7908 0880 / 0881
15th April 2009 – 28th November 2010
Critics’ choice’– Time Out
This exhibition highlights political intrigue of the past 200 years, as seen through souvenir mugs, jugs, contemporary toys and tins. Politicians are often as ephemeral as the exhibits that depict them. Amongst the pottery is a gladiatorial play thing between Gladstone and Salisbury from 1885, the game of ‘Poll, or forming a cabinet’ from the election of 1906 and Churchill cigar-smoking manikins from the 1950s. Since the Seventies, political pottery caricatures have become increasingly popular, encouraged by the mimicry of the Spitting Image TV series. The Thatcher era saw Maggie squeakers, note pads, Acrobrats, toilet rolls, and even slippers.
The Art of Guinness
to 28th November 2010
To celebrate 250 years of Guinness, this exhibition at the Museum of Brands highlights the very best of Guinness advertising, from posters and TV commercials to drinks trays and beer mats. Guinness commissioned the work of many artists, such as H.M. Bateman and Edward Ardizzone, yet it was the genius of John Gilroy with his menagerie of zoo animals that became the memorable face of Guinness posters.
‘Critics’ choice’– Time Out
Packaging a Sustainable Future
Packaging has become one of the hottest environmental issues of recent years, increasingly required to justify its existence. The nation’s favourite brands have risen to the challenge. This exhibition, sponsored by Tesco, explains the importance of packaging, how it has developed over the years and how manufacturers, retailers and designers are working together to adopt a more sustainable approach.
Waste Not, Want Not
During WWII Britain had to economise on raw materials, save on energy and salvage scarce commodities, encouraged by a powerful propaganda machine. Whether the message was to grow your own vegetables, make do and mend, or recycle paper, uppermost in everyone’s mind was the need to be sparing in the use of meagre resources. While few may now remember those years of rationing and blackouts, the lessons from the past can teach us how to make better use of limited resources today. This exhibition is part of the museum’s new initiative ‘Packaging our Sustainable Future’, sponsored by Tesco.
Museum of Brands
2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road,
Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7908 0880
Tube: Notting Hill Gate, also nearby Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove
Bus: 23, also near 7, 28, 31, 36, 52, 70, 238
Tues-Sat 10.00:18.00, Sun 11.00:17.00
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Last entry is 45 minutes before closing
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Notting Hill Carnival
Download current volunteering role
Adults £6.50 (including Gift Aid),
Children (7-16) £2.25, Family £15.00, Concessions £4.00. Group discount 10% (groups of 10 or more are asked to pre-book to avoid overcrowding in the museum).
Disabled access, tea-room and shop, school groups welcome, please call the Museum for further information.
The Museum is located two minutes walk from the world-famous Portobello Road and five minutes from the famed door featured in the film Notting Hill.