What is The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising?
‘The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising presents the collection of consumer historian, Robert Opie, who saw the need to record the history of the products around us.‘ – The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is located in lovely the Notting Hill, it is hidden away in a little mew so it can be confusing to find. However once you have gained entrance into the museum you are greeted by glass cabinets filled with all sort of packaging, advertising and branding.
The museum artefacts are displayed in chronological order starting off in the Victorian era and ending with packaging and branding as it is today. The glass displays are crammed with almost everything; chocolates, soaps, dolls, toys, and posters are on show. The last cases are used to display the development of certain brands; it looks at how the packaging has changed and developed over time.
The space the museum occupies seems very small; however the space is very well laid out and is hassle free for the visitors. The cases which line the walls display the most amazing artefacts, artefacts that in this context can be analysed and appreciated. My favourite cases were the ones towards the end which covered the topic of a brands development of a particular product over time.
The only negative point I can think of is the quality of website. It is out dated and does the museum no justice. This made me feel that this could be a really bad or really good museum, thankfully it was the later. The museum has now got a new design team on board to develop a new website which is great news.
I went there looking for inspiration, and there was defiantly no lack of it. I would certainly be happy to go to the museum again as there is so much to see.