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Welcome to Southwark Collections

This website allows you to browse the collections of the Cuming Museum, the Southwark Art Collection and Local History Library. A complete catalogue of the collections is not yet available but the website is being updated regularly as we put more of the Southwark collections online.

The Three Southwark Collections

The Southwark Collections database contains records for the three main collections; the Cuming Museum collection, which includes the Cuming Family Bequest and local history collection; the Southwark Art collection, made up of art work from the foundation collection of the South London Gallery and other works collected in the Borough of Southwark; and the Local History Library image collection, featuring historic prints, maps, photographs and other images illustrating the history of the borough of Southwark.

To find out more about the history and background to the collections see the Three Southwark Collections page.

Collections Highlights

You may visit the Collection Highlights page to view featured collections from each of the three Southwark Collections.

Browse the Collections

To browse the collections there is a quick search to discover more and an advanced search for objects and an advanced search for people for more specific queries.

The Help page gives detailed instructions on how to use the database.

my Collection

You can sign onto my Collection and register to create your own favorite selections of objects, which you can return to later. Other users my Collections selections, with their comments, are also available to browse.


See the Exhibitions page to see details of our current temporary exhibitions and previous exhibitions that have featured objects and works from Southwark Collections.

Contact us

For contact details for the Cuming Museum and Southwark Local History Library see the Contact Us page.

  • We would welcome any feedback you have on this site, please email us at The Cuming Museum

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