Due to the dramatic growth of the Museum of Brands it is moving to new, larger premises at the London Lighthouse building in Notting Hill.
The Museum chronicles the history of consumer culture through design, packaging and advertising and it opened in Colville Mews, Notting Hill in 2005. Since then its visitor numbers have increased fourfold and having outgrown the current premises it has been looking for a new home for several years. On Sunday 5th July the Museum will close the doors at its current home and reopen in September at the London Lighthouse Building, Lancaster Road, formerly owned by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Rosemary Gillespie, CEO of Terrence Higgins Trust, who managed the sale of the Lighthouse to the Museum of Brands said: The Trust is delighted that the building will remain part of the community. Throughout the sale, we remained committed to ensuring the important historical legacy of the Lighthouse is protected, and we are pleased to say that the memorial garden will be retained as a place of reflection for people with a link to it.
The Museum is an educational charity that works with the local, national and global community to deliver engaging learning experiences related to its displays.
Robert Opie, Museum Director, said: "With visitor numbers increasing, the new space will allow us to display more of the collection, and improve the visitor experience".
A quick look at Tripadvisor reveals the Museum’s consistent five star reviews from visitors originating all over the world, with a variety of interests. Rated as nineteen out of 260 museums in London, a recent visitor commented ‘While kings and queens come and go, and wars are won and lost, people still need washing soap and chocolate and board games and breakfast cereals. This is the museum of consumer history, a massive collection of items and brands. A fascinating, hidden delight.’
The Museum contains branded objects and design classics, nostalgia inducing items such as Spangles, Watneys Party Seven and Fiendish Feet yoghurts. These are presented alongside artefacts of daily life such as household appliances, toys and fashion, which demonstrate our consumer heritage and changing life in Britain over the last 150 years.
Sir Paul Judge, Chairman of the Museum, said: "This is an exciting and significant next step for the Museum and for London. The move will provide a better platform for learning on every level - the marketing community in particular will benefit from enhanced exhibitions and public programme facilities'.
The Museum moved to Notting Hill in 2005 with the support of household names such as Kellogg’s, Cadbury, Diageo, Twinings, pi Global, Vodafone and McVitie’s.
The Museum of Brands closes on Sunday 5th July and will reopen in Autumn 2015.