Delights in Docklands

Joanna Green profiles a new project in association with the Museum of London, that provides a showcase for the history of London’s docklands.

In the shadow of Canary Wharf, nestled alongside the bustling wine bars and restaurants of West India Dock, stands Warehouse No 1. Built in 1803, its original purpose was to store valuable commodities like coffee, rum and molasses as part of London’s thriving import business. Today, this impressive Grade 1 listed building has been restored to its former glory and is home to the new Museum in Docklands. 

Costing over £16 million, the museum was the brainchild of Chris Ellmers, formerly curator of the capital’s modern history collections at the Museum of London. The Museum in Docklands and the Museum of London have recently merged to create one board of trustees to run the new museum. Its galleries will tell the story of ‘London’s River, Port and People’ from Roman settlement to contemporary regeneration, a 2,000-year story.

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