245 St John Street
020 7527 2837
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.
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10.00-17.00
Closed: Wed and Sun
Christmas & New Year
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.
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
- 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.
Islington Museum holds a small number of Somalian objects, including a ceremonial Fujaan (marriage container), an incense burner, and a wooden cup.
Letter Exchange Project
- 1 March — 30 April 2014 *on now
Students will use original sources to investigate the wartime experiences of one individual, considering what they might have seen, smelt, touched and felt during the war. Students will use both historical evidence and some creative licence to create a possible character profile.
Students will use their character profile to write an imaginative letter from their character. In an interactive session, students will investigate historic stamps and envelopes before printing their own examples. Students will also examine sources to discover the fate of their character, before creating a poppy to remember their sacrifice.
- Especially for children
The museum is located below Finsbury Library
Free but by invitation only to Islington primary schools. Sessions are taking place on various dates in March and April
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.