Museum of London Docklands

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From Roman settlement to the development of Canary Wharf, this 200 year old warehouse reveals the long history of the capital as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce.

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Opening hours

daily 10am-6pm

Closed: 24-26 December

Admission charges


Getting there

By DLR: West India Quay
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135

The entire collection of the Museum of London Docklands is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collection consists of objects reflecting the social history of the Thames and London's port, including archaeological finds, works of art, scale models, contemporary tools and many miscellaneous items that would have been traded through the port.

Collections also include the Sainsbury Archive, a collection of documents, artefacts and photographs relating to the history of the food retailing company founded by John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury in 1869.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Maritime, Inland Waterways, Industry, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Ware
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands

London, Sugar & Slavery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2022 *on now

In the setting of this historic sugar warehouse, the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery reveals how London’s involvement in slavery has shaped the capital since the 17th century, and challenges what you think you know about the transatlantic slave trade and long-held beliefs that abolition was initiated by politicians.

Key artefacts in the gallery are the surviving papers of Thomas and John Mills, who owned plantations in St Kitts and Nevis, providing us with glimpses into the lives of both the enslaved and the slaver.

In the gallery you can experience an immersive sound and light show which is projected on the gallery walls every 20 minutes. The experience encourages you to consider enslavement and freedom both in terms of the transatlantic slave trade and what they mean for us all today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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.

Harry's Story

This on-line book describes through pictures a typical day in the life of a delivery boy working for Sainsbury's in 1912.

Storytelling - The Sailor's 1000 stories

Maritime themed stories at the London Museum in Docklands for children 3 years and upwards, and their families. Story sessions last 60 minutes.

How to obtain

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Getting there

By DLR: West India Quay
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135

Museum of London Docklands
No. 1 Warehouse
West India Quay
Hertsmere Road
Greater London
E14 4AL



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Box office

020 7001 9844

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020 7001 9844

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