30 August 2012

Art Martha. Robert Opie Collection.

Packed to the brim, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill is the perfect place to take a trip down memory lane. The sheer volume of printed material and products from Victorian times to the present day, neatly and chronologically displayed in a maze of glass vitrines, is mind-boggling. With mementos of Kate and Will's wedding and the London Olympics, it's also bang up-to-date.

I've been aware of Robert Opie's incredible collection for some time, so it was a real treat to actually visit the museum first hand. One of my favourite parts were the displays of consumer goods spanning decades of production. It was compelling to see the changes in packaging design, container shapes and logos. The originals were still the best in most cases, for example, Cadbury and Ovaltine. If you love packaging, design, and pop culture, then you'll love this museum's tribute to the wonder of consumer culture.

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