Museums in North London
Like giant crystal balls, north London’s museums
give visitors an insight into how London has become what
it is today, helping to bring the past into the present.
Arsenal Football Club [map] is one such example. The pitch at Highbury Stadium holds
footballing hopes and dreams for fans and players alike,
while at the Arsenal Museum, dreams that have since
come true are celebrated. Arsenal football club began
life in 1886 when a group of munitions workers decided
to share the cost of a football, since then the club has
come a long way. Through trophies, wax figures and other
memorabilia, the Gunners history and achievements are
retold on matchdays and Fridays.
Close to Kings Cross station is the London Canal Museum
[map], which gives a different perspective on the history
of London. By giving an insight into the people who spent
their lives on the canals and inland waterways, and the
trades they participated in, you can begin to understand
how essential the waters were and what impact they have
A visit to the London Canal Museum will also illuminate
the history of ice cream for those unaware of how the
dessert made its way from Italy to London, or how they
managed to keep it cold before freezers were invented.
The fact that these two histories are under the same roof
may seem strange but once you’ve visited the museum
you’ll be a whole lot wiser!
The Jewish Museum [map] is spread across two locations, one in Camden and the
other in Finchley. The Finchley site in north London is
at the Sternberg Centre [map] on East End Road, and the collections here focus on the
social history of Jewish people in the capital, with around
400 tapes of recorded memories as well a vast photographic
archive depicting Jewish heritage in London.
Forty Hall Museum [map] in Enfield houses a collection of items and artefacts
that date back to the 17th century. Furniture, pictures,
ceramics, glass, maps as well as the grade I listed Jacobean
building itself all tell of the local history of the area.
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