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Published October 11th 2012
The borough of Islington is cooler than you thought
The Islington Museum, which is located directly beneath the Finsbury Library, is a free museum that encompasses the eventful past and present of London's borough of Islington. Through hands-on and interactive exhibits, authentic memorabilia from the past, use of multi-media, and a collection of rich information and displays, the Islington Museum is a perfect stop for Islington locals and natives of all ages, as well as anyone with a thirst for knowledge about this exciting part of London.
With displays that range from the old boxing gloves of Len Harvey, Islington's heavyweight champion who passed away in 1976, to a full-scale recreation of a 1930s kitchen, the museum provides plenty of authentic items, documents, and clothing that paint a colorful picture of Islington's past.
The museum is perfectly family friendly with interactive features that kids will particularly enjoy, like a collection of old-fashioned clothing that can be put on and modelled in front of a mirror. Older children and adults will find a plethora of interesting information about the borough among the many artefacts and displays, including stories of growing up in Islington during World War II, the history of Arsenal Football Club, the area's landmark event of premiering London's first ever film show, and much more. The Islington Museum also regularly features new exhibitions, hosts talks and puts on special events.
As someone currently living in Islington, it was a treat to learn so much about my community, and I imagine that anyone who has spent time in the borough will feel the same way. The museum is open every day except for Wednesdays and Sundays, and more information can be found on the museum's website by clicking here.