Cuming Museum

Cuming Museum
The Old Town Hall
151 Walworth Road
London
Greater London
SE17 1RY
England

Website

Museum Web Pages

www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingmuseum

Searchable Collections Database

www.southwarkcollections.org.uk

E-mail

cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk

Telephone

020 75252332

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The Cuming Museum is temporarily closed following the fire at Walworth Road Town Hall on Monday 25 March 2013.

The museum’s onsite services remain temporarily suspended. However many of the museum's public events have been rescheduled to take place at alternative venues in Southwark. Please go to the Cuming Museum's website to further details.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700

Closed: Sundays, Mondays, Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

Elephant and Castle underground station
Elephant and Castle rail station
Buses: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, P5, 343, 468

Additional info

The Cuming Museum is temporarily closed following the fire at Walworth Road Town Hall on Monday 25 March 2013.


www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingmuseum

The Cuming Museum's collection is unique and eclectic. When the museum opened in 1906 it was described as "the British Museum in miniature". The collection ranges from natural history, science, costume and textiles to world collections covering at least 50 different countries. The collection was put together by the Cuming family between 1788 and 1902. You can find out about the collection at www.southwarkcollections.org.uk

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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.
Japanese Kylin

The Cuming Museum Cabinet of Curiosity presents Mythical Creatures @ Peckham Library

  • 2 August 2014 2-3:30pm

This summer, the Cuming Museum welcomes everyone to the Cabinet of Curiosity – a series of workshops that will tour Southwark’s libraries and festivals over the coming months. A Creative workshop for families. Discover the story of the Japanese Kylin, then create your own mythical creatures to take home and bring you good luck.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Where

Peckham Library
122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR
London
SE15 5JR

Getting there

Bus: 12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 136, 171, 177, 197, 343, 345, 363, 381, 436, P12, P13
Train: Peckham Rye Station

Additional info

This venue is wheelchair accessible

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cabinetofcuriosity

Japanese Kylin.

The Cuming Museum Cabinet of Curiosity presents Mythical Creatures @ Canada Water Library

  • 9 August 2014 2-3:30pm

This summer, the Cuming Museum welcomes everyone to the Cabinet of Curiosity – a series of workshops that will tour Southwark’s libraries and festivals over the coming months. A creative workshop for families. Discover the story of the Japanese kylin, then create your own mythical creatures to take home and bring you good luck.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Where

Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road,
London
SE16 7AR

Getting there

Tube: Canada Water, Surrey Quays
Train: South Bermondsey
Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12
For further information about this free event please call 0207 525 2332 or
email: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk

Additional info

This venue is wheelchair accessible

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cabinetofcuriosity

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The Cuming Museum Cabinet of Curiosity family workshop at Southwark’s Elephant and Nun festival in Burgess Park.

  • 16 August 2014 12-5pm

Join staff from the Cuming Museum at Southwark’s Elephant and Nun festival in Burgess Park.
Learn new craft and design skills at this exciting and free creative workshop for families, while exploring an object from the Cuming Museum collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Chumleigh Gardens, SE5 0RJ
Burgess Park. Chumleigh Street,
London
SE5 0RJ

Getting there

Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park. Chumleigh Street, London SE5 0RJ, off Albany Road
Chumleigh Street entrance: Bus: 42 343 Old Kent Road entrance Bus: 53, 63, 78,168, 172, 363, 453 For further information about this free event please call 0207 525 2332 or email: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingevents

The George Inn 1935

An evening walk: Stories of the Borough

  • 19 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Join Patricia Dark on a walk around the neighborhood of John Harvard Library to discover some stories from the Borough. We'll meet unsung heroes, social reformers and some neighbors in time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

John Harvard Library
211 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JA

Getting there

Rail & Tube: Borough or London Bridge Train: London Bridge
Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343
For more information about this free event please call 0207 525 2332 or
email: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk

Additional info

This venue is wheelchair accessible

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingevents

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Taking South London’s Pulse: Southwark and the Medical Officers of Health

  • 16 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

The medical officer of health system safeguarded Londoners' health for over 100 years. Now, thanks to the Wellcome Library, their reports from the frontlines of the capital's battle against ill-health, are available on-line. Come and hear Ross MacFarlane, Engagement Officer at the Wellcome, discuss the history of Southwark's medical officers of health while Patricia Dark will link modern attempts to mobilise local populations with historic efforts to combat poverty and disease in Bermondsey and Peckham.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

John Harvard Library
211 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JA

Getting there

Rail & Tube: Borough or London Bridge Train: London Bridge
Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343
For further information about this free event please call 0207 525 2332 or
email: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingevents

Additional info

This venue is wheelchair accessible

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingevents

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.

Romans Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Uses object handling and activities to explore everyday life in Roman Southwark.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Ancient Egyptians Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Uses object handling and activities to explore daily life in Ancient Egypt.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

History of Southwark ESOL session

ESOL students can develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills whilst learning about the history of Southwark. The session explores the diversity of the borough, the people who have migrated to the area and the reasons that bought them here. The session can be adjusted for Entry Levels 1 - 3 and Levels 1 and 2, and is relevant to Citizenship. Sessions run for approximately 1 hour. Group size: up to 20 people.

How to obtain

Sessions are free. To book a session phone the museum on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk.

Material Madness Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Looks at materials and their properties using everyday and historic objects.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Migration and Diversity: Citizenship Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Uses maps and object handling to explore migrations to the Caribbean and to Southwark, encouraging children to learn about diversity and identity. Supports KS2 Citizenship.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Second World War Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Uses objects and documents to introduce pupils to life on the Home Front.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum.

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Storybuilding Workshop (KS1)

A hands-on education session for KS1 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Using objects from the museum collection to create and illustrate a group story.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 1 hour.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Victorians Workshop (KS2)

A hands-on education session for KS2 school groups led by museum staff at the Cuming Museum. Uses object handling and activities to explore domestic life in Victorian Southwark.
Group size: up to 30 pupils.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sessions start at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Creator

  • The Cuming Museum

How to obtain

Sessions are free for Southwark LEA and grant maintained schools. £1.50 per child for out of borough and independent schools. Booking is essential. To book a sesssion and discuss your requirements please contact us on 020 7525 2332 or email cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk. Please note, for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, schools will be charged £35. All groups visiting the museum must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults (1 adult per 10 children please).

Getting there

Elephant and Castle underground station
Elephant and Castle rail station
Buses: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, P5, 343, 468

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