Manager’s Move Diary: Part 2

In March 2015 we won the bidding for the London Lighthouse in Notting Hill. In order to take over the new building, our sponsors had to sell the current location.

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The Museum took possession of Lancaster Road on 26th June, we closed at Colville Road on 5th July and now have to be out by 31st July! This presents us with a significant challenge.

The Museum is an independent educational charity, we largely run on admissions and venue hire so a period of closure means none of our regular income streams.

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We are fundraising for the move but it’s important that we keep the period of closure as short as possible. Many people we’ve spoken to from other Museums who’ve shared similar experiences have told varying stories on the stress and delays of a move. I don’t doubt we’ll face our fair share of challenges.

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In our three months of closure we’re not only renovating the new premises, but we’re moving the 12,000 items in our current location and adding more to the displays.

We’re set to reopen in October and we hope to see you there.

 

 

Manager’s Move Diary: Part 1

Hello readers, I’m Theresa and I joined the Museum as the Manager in June 2013. I’ll be writing blog posts to share the story of our move from Colville Mews to Lancaster Road over the summer of 2015.

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When I joined the Museum it was already looking for new premises. Its continued growth, since it opened at Colville Mews in December 2005, meant it had outgrown the current space.

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Looking for a home for a Museum is no easy feat but with the hard work of our CEO and Development Director we discovered and secured the Terrence Higgins Trust’s London Lighthouse.

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111-117 Lancaster Road was opened in 1988 as an AIDS hospital, and was run by the Terrence Higgins Trust. With strong support from Princess Diana and Elton John the hospital helped thousands of patients and their loved ones.

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Over the last 10 years the building has provided space for a variety of hardworking and worthy charities to do their work, we hope to work with many of them in the future. The Museum aims to bring a new lease of life to the building and to the surrounding communities.

The beautiful garden will be maintained as a Memorial to all of those who lived, worked and loved there.

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A Trip to The American Food Store

Today a few of us here at The Museum of Brands went for a trip down the road to The American Food Store, to admire the packaging (of course) and to do some research for an exciting new Learning activity!

Our fabulous Learning intern, Avriel, is from Atlanta and so acted as our guide to the treats on offer in the shop.

We were enticed by vast varieties of cereal…

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Weird and wonderful cake mix, blue velvet anyone?

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And of course Confectionery galore!

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When comparing American packaging with the equivalent British packaging, you notice slight differences in the logo, names of the products and the overall branding.

Did you know that British Milky Ways are called 3 Musketeers in America and American Milky Ways are British Mars Bars?! The mind boggles. Please leave a comment if you know any other brands with different names across the pond!

The American Food Store is definitely worth a visit, head to 2 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 3BG, come and see the Museum in the same trip!

Mad Men Friday Late at The Museum of Brands

On Friday 17th May, as part of Museums at Night, we held a Mad Men themed Friday Late night opening here at the Museum.

As fans of the show will know, Mad Men showcases the personal and professional lives of 1960s advertising executives in New York City.

A show set in the swinging sixties about advertising was an obvious choice for a themed event at the Museum, fitting perfectly with our new series of Friday Late Evenings.

In a happy coincidence Museums at Night this year just happened to coincide with the finale of the show!

Fate called and we happily embraced the theme.

The event was a roaring success. Everyone was dressed to impress, with most enjoying a few touch ups from the fabulous Lipstick & Curls. Whilst the lovely ladies at Lindy Bop tempted our guests with a rail of vintage inspired dresses.

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An evening highlight was definitely the amazing sound of the Hey Las, the Doo Wop trio blew everyone away with two sets of Mad Men inspired songs. They also looked incredible with authentic vintage dresses and carefully choreographed routines.

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Some of our guests were members of swing dancing societies that took the opportunity to show off their era appropriate skills!

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All our guests seemed to have a brilliant evening, and so did we! It has definitely inspired us to think about other lates with a decade theme here in the future. Especially if it means more marvellous dressing up…

Here are a few more images from the evening:

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