Museum of London sites to reopen with four-week extension of The Clash: London Calling


After almost five months of temporary closure, the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands will be ready to open their doors on 6 August and welcome visitors once again.

The Museum of London has announced that the exclusive display, The Clash: London Calling, celebrating the making of The Clash’s ground-breaking album London Calling, will be extended for four weeks until 6 September.

This will give visitors a chance to view over 150 items from The Clash’s personal archive, including notes, clothing, images and music, many of which are previously unseen.

The reopening also means that The Krios of Sierra Leone at the Museum of London Docklands will be extended until 14 March 2021.

Exploring the unique and largely untold history, heritage and culture of the Krio people of Sierra Leone, the display highlights the architecture, language, lifestyle and traditions of the Krio community through a mix of contemporary objects from Krio Londoners as well as objects related to British colonial rule in Sierra Leone from the museum’s collections.

From its origins in transatlantic slavery through to the involvement of prominent abolitionists, the story of the Krio ties into the wider themes of the museum’s London, Sugar & Slavery gallery where the display is located.

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Image by Hayley Madden.

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Keeping both visitors and staff safe is the museum’s top priority and there are several new measures that have now been introduced, including timed ticket slots for entry. Visitors to each museum will be required to book a free ticket online, in advance, for a time slot of their choosing.

Both museums will be open from 11.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on opening hours, safety measures in place and what will be open on site please visit the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands safety measures pages.

The museum’s comprehensive digital offer, which has so far delivered family-friendly online content such as Museum of Fundon and the Great Fire of London: Live Stream as well as online displays and collections such as The Clash: London Calling Smartify tourDisease X and Windrush Stories, will continue for those who are unable to attend.

Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, said: “Some people are really missing museums and we are really missing our visitors.

“What we’ve learned in this period of lockdown is that culture is a necessity of life and it feels to me that the Museum of London is needed now more than ever, from our London, Sugar & Slavery Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands to The Clash: London Calling at the Museum of London.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors safely into the museum and have been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen. As the Museum of Londoners we can’t wait to have people back in the museum as London finds its new rhythm.”

Main image copyright of The Clash. 

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