Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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200 years of consumer culture, reflected through packaging design, brand development, poster and TV advertising from the collection of Robert Opie. Over 12,000 items including toys, magazines, branded goods, social ephemera, postcards and fashions.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-6.00
Sun 11.00-5.00
(Last admission 1 hour before closing)

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays).

Admission charges

Adults £9.00
Children (7-16) £5.00
Family £24.00
Concessions £7.00
Children under 7: FREE
Group discount 10% (groups of 10 or more are asked to pre-book to avoid overcrowding in the museum)

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Graphics of Punk

The Graphics of Punk

  • 4 October 2016 — 29 January 2017 *on now

The Graphics of Punk focus on the wild variety of graphic art that emanated from an era of anti-establishment sentiment. The exhibition opens on the 4 October 2016 at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

The dramatic music of the punk movement was spear-headed by the Sex Pistols who dominated this new sound. Their record sleeves packaged this radical noise, and the posters that promoted each new release forms a central point in this exhibit. A range of album covers such as God Save The Queen designed by Jamie Reid (1977) and posters such as Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle designed by M. Hirsh (1979) will be on show.The exhibit also includes the graphics of other groups who amplified this vibrant energy and antics, including The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned.

A number of key underground alternative magazines forms a part of the exhibition and gives insights into other ways which the graphics of punk were used at the time. The 1970s was a decade full of outrage and agitation. Both Oz magazine and IT (International Times) were prosecuted for obscenity in 1970, and were found guilty. Spare Rib took up the cause of women's liberation, political activists encouraged splinter groups, and the underground press supported causes such as immigration, abortion, squatters and the miners struggle. These radical campaigns draw a visual parallel between the political climate of the time and its punk graphics aesthetics.

The Graphics of Punk exhibition is placed in relation to the Museum’s permanent display. The significant impact and outrage the punk era caused can be explored by seeing it in context of the Museum’s historical narrative of graphics.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Adults (includes gift aid):
£9.00
Children (7 - 16):
£5.00
Concessions*:
£7.00
Family
£24.00

Website

http://www.museumofbrands.com/whats-on/exhibitions/the-graphics-of-punk-4-october-to-29-january.html

Puzzle - Turog

250 Years of Jigsaws

  • 6 December 2016 — 30 April 2017 *on now

Christmas brings fun, entertainment and jigsaws, but is the tradition of a family gathering around a jigsaw disappearing?

This exhibition at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, probably the largest display of jigsaws ever held, opens on 6 December. The exhibition is open until the end of April 2017 and takes the story back to 1766 when the earliest dissected puzzles were made.

Most of the 250 examples on display celebrate royal occasions and exhibitions, new forms of transport and technology, wars and battles, film stars and radio personalities, television programmes and pop stars. In fact, the jigsaw has reflected most aspects of popular culture and lifestyle in British history.

These examples come from the Robert Opie Collection which has been assembled over the past fifty years. Robert has had a lifetime fascination with the jigsaw puzzle. Indeed, he often refers to his study of consumer history as a vast jigsaw, where each piece adds to his understanding of how the picture of society has evolved.

When in the early 20th century the more economic cardboard jigsaw began to take over from wooden ones, it wasn’t long before promotional examples made their appearance amongst an increasing variety of advertising gimmicks. A further hundred examples of this marketing medium are also on display.

Jigsaws have helped generations of youngsters to develop eye and hand coordination, solving problems, and understanding colour and shape. Many adults enjoy jigsaws for a hobby, and it is known to help the elderly combat Alzheimer, keeping their minds active and alert.

For most, this exhibition will be full of memories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Prices include entry into the main museum -

Adult: £9.00
Child (7 -16): £5.00
Concession*: £7.00
Family: £24.00 [2 Adults and 2 Children]
National Trust: 50% discount to members
Groups: 10% discount to groups of 10 or more (pre-booking required)
Carer for disabled guest: Free

*Concessions include over 60s, Students with valid ID and Freedom Pass holders

Website

http://www.museumofbrands.com/whats-on/exhibitions/250-years-of-jigsaws-exhibit.html

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Christmas Challenge at the Museum of Brands Space Hoppers Thunderbirds and 70s Dolls

Christmas Challenge at the Museum of Brands

  • 15 November — 22 December 2016 *on now

Join us for family creative activities at the Museum of Brands from Tuesday 15 November – Thursday 22 December 2016. Delve into the toys and games of the 50s 60s and 70s and invent a toy that would delight a child from the era on Christmas morning. All activities free with museum admission.

Explore our Time Tunnel’s enviable toy collection including: Flower Pot Men jigsaws, Scalextrics, Space Hoppers, KerPlunk, Archie Andrews, Sooty and Little Baby Tears from the 70s who cries, sleeps and even wets her nappy! Make sure to bring along your parents and grandparents and watch them get teary eyed over Noddy tiddlywinks, or our shiny Chopper bike.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Inventor kits are available from the Museum desk and do not require pre-booking.

All activities free with Museum Admission

Children under 7 years enter for free

Children (7-16) enters for £5

Adults enter for £9

Concessions enter for £7

Family tickets are £24

Website

http://www.museumofbrands.com/whats-on/exhibitions/calling-all-toy-inventors.html

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Intellectual Property Initiative

http://www.museumofbrands.com/IP/home.html

In collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising has created two downloadable worksheets for students that visit.
The first worksheet is for intellectual property 'creators' studying branding, graphic design, advertising, art, product design etc, while the second is for intellectual property 'protectors' studying business studies, law, economics etc.

How to obtain

To book a visit to the museum, call 020 7908 0880 or email francesca@museumofbrands.com
To get the free worksheets go to www.museumofbrands.com/IP/home.html
Discounts on museum entry apply to students and groups.

Student Visit Resources

http://www.museumofbrands.com/education.html

In collaboration with the Heritage Lottery fund, the Museum of Brands has created 12 worksheets for visiting students. Subjects catered for include: graphic design, marketing, media studies and English as a fireign language. Download from the website: www.museumofbrands.com/education.html

How to obtain

To book an educational visit, please call 020 7908 0880 or email francesca@museumofbrands.com
Worksheet downloads are free. Discounts on museum entry apply to students and groups.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
111-117 Lancaster Road
Notting Hill
London
Greater London
W11 1QT
England

Website

Museum website

www.museumofbrands.com

E-mail

General enquiries

info@museumofbrands.com

Press and conferences

anna@museumofbrands.com

Telephone

Museum

0207 243 96110880

Press Enquiries, conferences

020 7908 0881

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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