Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
If you fancy a spot of nostalgia, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London is a great day out. The Museum has a huge collection of products and posters that will bring back many memories. Whether you can remember as far back as the thirties, or the swinging sixties, or may be the go-getting eighties was your favourite decade, you will be sure to find something of interest to you.
To whet your appetite, the coffee shop has a TV playing recordings of some TV advertisements from the past. Do you remember cigarette adverts on TV in the sixties? There is also Ajax Cleaner - the white tornado, Hamlet Cigars and many more from the sixties. Do you remember the first Cadbury's Smash ad from the 70s? There is an even advertisement featuring John Cleese promoting car insurance.
The Museum itself takes you on a time travel from the early years of the twentieth century right up-to-date. You see toys and games, tins of biscuits, chocolates and washing powder. Most of today's popular brands of chocolate were around in thirties: Kit-Kat, Fruit'n'Nut, Fry's Turkish Delight and Smarties, but the packaging has changed. Also children of the 50s, 60s and 70s will remember Spangles. Why don't they still make them today? I loved the 'Old English' flavour ones.
The section on branding has a mind blowing assortment of products through the ages, showing, for example, how cans of Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate have changed from the 30s to the present day. There is also a fantastic display of chocolate boxes including Weekend Assortment, Terry's All Gold, Black Magic and many more old favourites.
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is situated in Colville Mews off Lonsdale Road in Notting Hill, London. The Museum can be a little difficult to find if you don't know where to look, so why not check out Google Maps with Street View before you go and you will see that the entrance to Colville Mews is situated between a row of houses. Look out for the colourful sign (pictured above) on the railings outside the Mews' entrance. The nearest Tube is Notting Hill Gate. Whilst you are in the area, you might like to visit Portobello Road, but be aware this area can be very busy with tourists.
Go to www.museumofbrands.com for more details.