Bank of England Museum

Bartholomew Lane
London EC2R 8AH

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The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role in today's economy. Ineractive programmes with graphics and video help explain its many and varied roles.

Banqueting House

Whitehall
London SW1A 2ER

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Walk in the footsteps of a dazzling company of courtiers who once danced, drank and partied beneath the magnificent Rubens painted ceiling. This revolutionary building was created for court entertainments, but is probably most famous for the execution of Charles I in 1649.

Barnet Local Studies & Archives

80 Daws Lane
London NW7 4SL

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The centre holds the records of the Borough of Barnet and its predecessors for the areas of Barnet, Edgware, Finchley Golders Green and Hendon. Explore the history of this huge Borough covering 8,663 hectares and a population of 314,564.

Barts Pathology Museum

3rd Floor, Robin Brook Centre, West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

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Opened in 1879 by The Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VII), the Pathology Museum is a vast space made up of 3 mezzanine levels each around 8 metres high, all linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. It contains some 5000 anatomical specimens, including forensic and historical examples, as well as corresponding archive information.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

108a Boundary Road
London NW8 0RH

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Ben Uri is an Art Museum and educational charity, founded in July 1915 in Whitechapel, East London. Known as 'The Art Museum for Everyone' the museum collection and programming both focus on the universal themes of Art, Identity and Migration. Collections: The collection is internationally recognised and encompasses over 1300 works, principally from the start of the 20th century, by some 385 artists originating from 35 different countries.

Benjamin Franklin House

36 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NF

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Home to Benjamin Franklin between 1757 and 1775, 36 Craven Street is the location where the famous US statesman conducted numerous important experiments such as measuring the effects of the Gulf Stream, exploring Daylight Saving Time and inventing bi-focal lenses.

Bentley Priory Museum

Mansion House Drive
Stanmore HA7 3FB

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Famous for its pivotal role as the Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940 a trust has been set up to ensure that Bentley Priory is retained as a permanent living memorial to those who served in the Royal Air Force and fought in the Battle. The Bentley Priory Museum is situated within a beautiful Georgian mansion, which was once home to John James Hamilton, the first Marquess of Abercorn who employed Sir John Soane to make various structural additions to the house which still stand today.

Berkshire & Westminster Dragoons Museum

Cavalry House, Duke of Yorks HQ, Kings Road, Chelsea
London SW3 4SC

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The Westminster Dragoons have a long and distinguished history. That history is recorded mainly in privately-published books and pamphlets with only limited circulation.

Brent Museum

Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green
London NW10 2SF

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The collection consist of objects relating to the local Brent area and the communities who live there. The museum is encouraging all people from the many diverse communities in Brent to donate a part of their history, either through objects or oral history, to ensure that they make their mark and history known to future generations.

British Airways Speedbird Heritage Centre

Waterside, PO Box 365
Harmondsworth UB7 0GB

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British Airways Speedbird Heritage Centre's collection has existed since the formation of British Airways. It was formed to preserve the records and artefacts of British Airways predecessor companies BOAC, BEA, BSAA and the pre-war Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. Collections: The Collection comprises an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of the above companies and British Airways as well as memorabilia and artefacts. Over 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures. An historically important collection of thousands of photographs is also available as well as probably the most complete set of aviation posters in the UK.

British Dental Association Museum

British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8YS

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The British Dental Association (BDA) Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK telling the story of how dentistry has developed from a marketplace spectacle to the complex procedures and treatment of today. Collections: The collections of the BDA Dental Museum comprise over 30,000 objects, archives and images relating to the history of dentistry in the UK, and is of international importance.

British Museum

Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

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Founded in 1753, the British Museum's remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year.

British Music Experience

The O2, Peninsula Square
London SE10 0DX

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The British Music Experience is the new national museum of popular music. It opened at The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula in March 2009 and fills a void by acting as a cultural provider and giving people the opportunity to both learn and celebrate the history of British popular music.

British Optical Association Museum

The College of Optometrists, 42 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NG

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Now in its second century, The British Optical Association Museum, founded 1901, is a collection comprising over 13,000 outstanding items of ophthalmic and optical interest, covering the history of opticians and vision aids. The museum was entrusted to the care of the College of Optometrists in 1980 and continues to be recognised as the oldest and one of the best specialist optical collections in the world. Collections: The collection includes over 2000 pairs of spectacles, from the 17th century through to the 21st, as well as historic examples of other optical devices and aids to vision including scissor spectacles, folding eyeglasses, pince-nez, lorgnettes, magnifiers, quizzing glasses and monocles.

British Postal Museum & Archive, The

Freeling House, Phoenix Place
London WC1X 0DL

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The British Postal Museum & Archive cares for the visual, written and physical records of over 400 years of postal development. We are responsible for managing The Royal Mail Archive on behalf of Royal Mail Group plc. Collections: The archives relate to the operation, policy, development and social impact of the British Post Office from 1636 to the present day.

British Red Cross Society

44 Moorfields
London EC2Y 9AL

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The British Red Cross Museum and Archives are based at the society's UK Office in London. The collection contains a fascinating portrait of the humanitarian work of the British Red Cross, from its beginnings in 1870 to its vital contribution in today's society. Collections: Includes material from the society's national headquarters, regions, branches and centres and items from people who served with, or received assistance from, the British Red Cross since its foundation in 1870. Highlights include the Changi Quilt and Loyd-Lindsay's flag.

Bromley Museum

The Priory, Church Hill
Orpington BR6 0HH

Bromley Museum is situated in the Orpington Priory, an important historic building set in attractive gardens. Throughout the year the museum holds a number of temporary exhibitions and events.

Brooking Collection of Period Architectural Detail, University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich, 30 Park Row
London SE10 9LS

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The University of Greenwich houses a proportion of the Brooking Collection of Period Architectural Detail at the Avery Hill Campus near Eltham, London SE9. This is not open to the public but is accessible through CPD short courses.

Bruce Castle Museum

Lordship Lane
London N17 8NU

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Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII's court - built the oldest surviving parts of the building. Since then the building has been modified several times by new owners including the Coleraine family.

Brunel Museum

Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue
London SE16 4LF

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects are on the River Thames. The Thames Tunnel with his father Sir Marc Brunel is now an International Landmark Site and the oldest section of tunnel in the London Underground. Collections: An exhibition in the restored Engine House tells the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and showered with raw sewage every day. Watercolours, peep-shows, engravings, and models, explain this epic feat of engineering.