Islington Local History Centre and Museum

Photograph of Islington Museum's gallery space.
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The New Islington Museum opened its doors in May 2008. Using its collection it explores the boroughs history through a number of exciting ways.

The Museum also houses an exhibition space which has a wide programme of temporary exhibitions on during the year.

Keep an eye on our events page to keep you up to date with our current programme of temporary exhibitions, workshops and special events.

You can find the new museum underneath the Finsbury Library, on St. John Street. The nearest tube stop is Angel, or you can get to us by bus on the 19, 38, 153 or the 341.

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Opening hours

Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed: Wed and Sun
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges


Islington Museum’s collection has been built up over the past 20 years. It is based on objects relevant to the boroughs varied and important history from the Roman period through to modern times.

The gallery uses audio and visual displays, along side object based display cases to explore some themes that have made Islington what it is today. The museum focuses on 9 main topics, these are: Food and Drink, Fashion, Childhood, Leisure, Healthcare, Radicals, Caring, Home, and Wartime.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Industry, Inland Waterways, Law and Order, Literature, Medicine, Music, Performing Arts, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Joe Orton
  • Feminism
  • Lenin
  • New River
  • Caribbean nursing
  • Gay and Lesbian rights


Islington Museum holds a small number of Kurdish objects, including photographs and some headwear. The headwear includes a man's headdress from the Kurdish area of Turkey dated around 1991.
There's also a black and white turban cloth, (shown above). It was brought back to the UK by a cameraman covering the crisis of 1991 in Iraq when many Kurds fled to the mountains following the gassing of Kurds by Saddam Hussein. The photographs held by the museum cover the same events and period.

Fujaan decorated with shells


Islington Museum holds a small number of Somalian objects, including a ceremonial Fujaan (marriage container), an incense burner, and a wooden cup.

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.


An education resource for key stage 2 teachers. This pack includes 5 activities and resources to go along with them. It aids the exploration of the history of the Olympic Games by covering some key curriculum topics.

Islington Local History Centre and Museum
245 St John Street
Greater London




Islington Museum

020 7527 2837

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