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Museum show explains why London’s river still matters

[ August 17, 2021   //   ]

A new Museum of London Docklands exhibition will help remind Londoners – and others – not only of the Port of London’s past glories but of the vital it continues to play in the life of the city.

Drawing upon the extensive archives of the Port of London Authority, it will present a nuanced picture of the complex operations that have enabled the Port to connect London to the rest of the world, from the final days of the 18th century to the creation London Gateway. It promises that the exhibition will be peppered with stories, incidents, major operations, absorbing characters, technological advances, pivotal moments, surprising details and little-known facts. The importance of activity on London’s river in the 21st century may come as a surprise to the millions of people who live and work alongside it, it adds.

London: Port City runs from 22 October 2021 to 8 May 2022 at the Museum of London Docklands, itself originally part of West India Docks, London’s first enclosed dock system and a hive of activity packed with valuable cargoes from around the world from 1802 until its closure in 1980.

Entry is free, book tickets here: