The Cuming Museum is currently closed following the fire at Old Walworth Town Hall on Monday 25 March 2013. The fire unfortunately caused major damage to the building, including the museum which was on the ground floor.
On the day of the fire the London Fire Brigade recovered almost all objects which were displayed in the museum’s Cuming Family gallery. These objects were mainly water and soot damaged and are being treated by specialist conservators before being returned.
It is currently unclear as to the extent of damage and loss to the collections which were displayed in the Southwark History gallery and the temporary exhibition gallery. This will become clearer over the next few months. The museum’s stored collections were unaffected by the fire.
Southwark Council has confirmed that the Cuming Museum will be re-provided within the restored Walworth Town Hall. It is estimated that this will take approximately four years to complete.
In the meantime the museum’s events programme continues at alternative venues. Please see our Cuming Museum events page for up to date information.
The Cuming Museum
The Cuming Museum is the home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Southwark's history. It houses a diverse collection that includes archaeology, ethnography, social history and natural history. A mix of permanent and changing exhibitions tells the story of the Cuming family and the history of Southwark, from Roman times to the diverse communities of today.
Opened to the public in 1906, the Cuming Museum is the result of over 100 years of collecting by father and son, Richard and Henry Cuming.
The museum is divided into three sections:
The first gallery tells the story of the Cuming family and their collection
the second gallery focuses on the history of Southwark and is split into three areas, settling here, a place to visit and world connections - the Southwark gallery looks at the people who have lived and worked here from Roman times to today
The third gallery in the museum is the temporary exhibition gallery - our exhibitions change every four to six months.
The three galleries at the Cuming Museum contain a variety of hands on activities for younger visitors, including craft activities, trails, games and costumes to try on.