Museum of Croydon

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Museum of Croydon
Established 2006
Location Croydon, London
Coordinates 51°22′20″N 0°05′58″W / 51.3722°N 0.0994°W / 51.3722; -0.0994
Type Lifetime museum
Public transit access National Rail East Croydon

The Museum of Croydon is a museum located inside the Croydon Clocktower arts facility. It is in Central Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, England. The museum is stated to be a lifetime museum, which showcases historical and stylish artefacts which were derived from the borough. The Museum is part of Croydon Council.

The museum opened on the second floor of the Croydon Clocktower in 2006 and entrance to the galleries is free. Many of the exhibitions at the museum are hands on.


The Museum of Croydon has a varying range of different aspects of the history of Croydon and the surrounding areas. It incorporates the Riesco Gallery with a collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and exhibits about the important black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) who lived most of his life in Croydon. The Riesco Gallery, located on the lower ground floor of the Croydon Clocktower, features Roman and Anglo-Saxon collections and a collection of Chinese ceramics, and is part of the Museum of Croydon.

The museum includes items that the local IKEA in Purley Way sold when it first opened, such as furniture and catalogues. It also contains rare artefacts from the local football club, Crystal Palace, such as Peter Taylor's contract.

The museum has exhibitions for young people to voice and direct their opinion, so many other people can come and see their work.

In December 2009, the Museum was awarded official recognition by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council - showing that the museum management of its collections had met national standards, as well as the facilities that it provides for visitors.[1] In December 2013, the Museum was stripped of its accreditation and excluded from reapplying for five years, following the sale at auction of a portion of its Chinese collection in what was described as a "deliberate contravention" of the Museums Association's code of ethics.[2]


  1. ^ "NEWSbrief: Good Collection". The Croydon Guardian. Newsquest Media Group. 9 December 2009. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Croydon stripped of Accreditation". Museums Journal. Museums Association. 5 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°22′20″N 0°05′58″W / 51.3722°N 0.0994°W / 51.3722; -0.0994