Few things evoke nostalgia more than old packaging and advertising materials so we expect a lot of ‘Ah, I remember …’ on our visit to the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill. This unique collection, housing more than 12,000 original examples of domestic ‘everyday’ products, is based on the personal collection of consumer historian Robert Opie. Set out in chronological order, we will travel through The Time Tunnel to explore the remarkable story of how our consumer society has evolved, displaying favourite brands in their historical context – from the naïve charm of Victorian times to the greater sophistication of today, reflecting changes in shopping habits, the impact of transportation and the effects of two world wars and the gradual emancipation of women.
Our tour will start at 11 am with an introductory lecture of approx. 30 minutes, and we will then be left to explore the museum in our own time. This can take an hour – longer or less depending on how much time you have. In addition to the Time Tunnel there are some smaller exhibits such as toys of the 1950s, as well as a loop of vintage advertisements on the television.
Since 2015 the Museum has been housed in the iconic London Lighthouse Building at 111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, formerly a hospice owned by the Terrence Higgins Trust which also houses a café, a shop and has a large, restful garden. The café provides coffee, tea and pastries to enjoy at any time - in the garden if weather permits – and also serves hot food for anyone who would like a light lunch.
Cost £11 including talk and entrance fee, payable on the day, based on a minimum of 20 people. Please book your place with firstname.lastname@example.org. or phone 020 7486 3709.