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Southwark collections

Cuming Museum painting A Loving Psyche

Curious Cuming Museum object

Online catalogue

Southwark collections online is collections database resource that allows you to explore and browse the catalogue for the worldwide Cuming Museum collection, the Southwark Local History Library historic images collection and the Southwark art Collection. The website also includes background to the history of the collections and information on research and donating objects. The collections highlights feature special themed selections of the collections.

Cuming Museum collection

The Cuming collection has at its core the Cuming Family Bequest collection including many special objects from all over the world, curiosities, ancient history, archaeology, social history, 19th century English popular art and natural history. It is an intact 19th century 'Cabinet of Curiosities' collection, one of very few still in existence.

The Cuming collection also includes gifts and donations made during the 20th century, including the Lovett collection of London superstitions, archaeology and social history telling the story of the development of Southwark and its people. For more information about Southwark's archaeology held at the Cuming Museum see the page Southwark's Archaeological Heritage.

Southwark Local History Library and Archive historic image collection

The Southwark Local History Library and Archive collection includes an extensive collection of historic prints and photographs documenting the history and development of the borough. The collection also includes historic maps, ephemera, works of art on paper and a wide range of historic documents. Some items are available to view at the library and others can be viewed by appointment. To find out more about the view the Southwark Local History Library and Archive pages on the Southwark Council website.

Southwark art collection

Southwark culture and heritage services currently cares for the Southwark art collection which was formally housed at the South London Gallery.

The collection contains a variety of fine art including approximately 250 Victorian oil and water-colour paintings and around 2000 works on paper, including prints. The collection also includes contemporary art by artists connected with south London.

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