Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Museum of the Docklands - 21 February 2010

Chinese dragons in the DocklandsAs a celebration of the Chinese New Year, the local Council had free admission to the Museum of the Docklands. As the name suggests, it gives a detailed history of the docklands from the founding of Londinium, through the 19th century expansions, where the West India Company built the largest docklands in the world, through the The Grapes - historic pub in Docklands where Charles Dickens based the pub in 'Our Mutual Friend'Blitz in World War II, to the present day where housing and finance has taken over from shipping. Trading of one form or another has been the area's raison d'etre throughout its history.

The museum is spread over three floors, and it could easily fill a whole day. The Chinese community had prepared a fund-raising lunch in the basement, and we enjoyed the best sweet and sour chicken we've had in the UK. St Katherine's Docks
St Katherine's Docks
Tower of LondonBy the time we had seen all the exhibitions, the rain had stopped, and we were able to enjoy a walk back along the Thames through the dock areas we had just been reading about to the Tower of London.

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