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Cuming Museum gallery

Visiting and viewing the collections

Southwark Local History Library and Archive is open to the public and has a wide range of material from historic photographs, press cuttings and films to maps, parish registers and poor law records. For details about the collection and opening hours please visit the Local History Library and Archive pages on the Southwark Council website.

The Cuming Family, living in Walworth during the 18th and 19th centuries, acquired all kinds of objects from around the world. The Cuming Museum also has many local history objects collected since the early 19th century right up to today, which reflect the whole of Southwark’s rich and diverse history and its unfolding story.

The Cuming Museum is not currently open to the public. Access to our Cuming Museum and Art collections is limited at the moment as the majority of items are in storage awaiting new premises, but we still welcome enquiries from anyone conducting research and if you have specific questions about any part of the collection then please email: cuming.museum@southwark.gov.uk.