Islington Museum

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245 St John St, London, United Kingdom
020 7527 2837
Islington Museum - ISLINGTON MUSEUM Finsbury Library
Islington Museum - ISLINGTON MUSEUM Old wooden water pipe section
Islington Museum - ISLINGTON MUSEUM Lenin
Islington Museum - ISLINGTON MUSEUM
Islington Museum - ISLINGTON MUSEUM

Islington Museum London Reviews

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Leftward leaning Oct 03, 2017
Finsbury Library at number 245 St Johns Street, a sweeping curved sixties’ construction (built 1967) that has a certain elegance celebrated 50 years of its existence in 2017. It was designed by the German Jewish refugee Carl Ludwig Franck (1904-1985), who collaborated on other buildings with Tecton. The library houses a local history department. The Islington Museum is in the basement.

The Museum is well laid-out and interesting. Many of its exhibits tend to stress the socialistic aspects of Islington’s history. A prominently displayed bust of V.I. Lenin and an exhibit of local ‘radicals’ are in character with this. A recently created tapestry illustrates Islington’s many associations with socialism. One exhibit that particularly interested me was of some wooden water pipes that had once been used to convey drinking water from the New River (see below) to its consumers. I saw similar pipes, which are hollowed-out tree trunks, in a museum in Edinburgh. One end of each wooden section is carved to a taper so that it can be slotted into the uncarved end of another wooden section.

The mueum provides an interesting insight of the social history of inner London. It has a small bookshop.
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