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Thursday 14 January 2010

A visit to the Museum of Brands

So anybody as fed up of the "the snow" as I am? I still haven't started going to work properly without the whole drama of, will I reach in time or how long will it take me to get there. That's exactly what happened to me last Friday when I got a text from my boss saying there's no point coming to work and that I could take the day off... so to make the most of it and not wanting to battle tubes etc I decided to go the Museum of Brands close to home. It's been on my list of places to visit for a while now. It's hidden in a mews in Notting Hill and is about 15 mins away from Notting Hill gate station but totally worth the effort.

It's not a very big museum but I ended up staying for couple of hours going through the beautiful collection with original products dating back to the late 1800s. Most of the collection use to be a private collection of consumer historian, Robert Opie.

I spotted a lot of brands that I grew up seeing in India and are still available there but had disappeared from the UK markets long ago.

Also spotted a point of sale display and packaging for Real Indian Curry in the 1930-40s section!!! Can't believe people were having curry even then!

Was really interesting to see a lot of know brands with their packaging in linear timeline to see how they've evolved over the years. Some of them still there after 100 years.
The museum also has a online shop. A definite recommendation to anyone who loves packaging, typography, advertising or even just have an interest in history from a consumer point of view.


that kate said...

i have been meaning to visit this place for ages! It looks great!

Justnoey said...

that kate it is! Totally worth it! Enjoy it whenever you get a chance to go there.

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