Museum of London
The Museum's moving image items are integrated into other collection groups. For example, the Museum holds moving image related to its working history collections which record workplaces and work practices that have since disappeared e.g. Whitefriars glass, Marshall & Snelgrove department store, Richard Oliver, London’s last traditional watchmaker and Greorge Payne& co., London’s last tea blender & packer. The Museum also holds ‘video-histories’, life story interviews with individual Londoners. This part of the collection has a strong bias towards capturing London’s cultural diversity. Moving image material is also held in our art collections for example a piece by artist Susan Hillier; and our archaeology collections, for example video records of archaeological excavations in London since the 1980s. There is a small group of documentary films from the 1960s by Peter Davis.
The Museum of London is one of the world's great city museums. Its galleries and exhibitions tell the inspiring story of London and Londoners, from prehistoric times to the present day.
150 London Wall
Access: Extracts from some films are visible in the Museum
The Museum of London does not have a separate acquisitions policy for moving image material. All collecting falls under the overall acquisitions and disposals policy which is posted on the Museum
A favourite with the public is the footage of London Zoo around 1924, showing children having fun with animals. It's on show in our galleries and is a lovely bit of film. The story that came with it is that it was filmed by a German tourist who was on a visit to London and wanted to record the sights. We would love to know more about it who filmed it and why.
Dr Cathy Ross, former Director Collections and Learning