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Museum of Croydon, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1ET

PUBLISHED: 09:24 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013

Museum of Croydon, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1ET

Museum of Croydon, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1ET

The Museum of Croydon tells the story of the town from 1800 to the present day through the objects and stories of local people.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010


Museum of Croydon


Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon
CR9 1ET: 0208 253 1022
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10.30am-5pm
Museum and heritage manager: Rob Shakespeare


What is the museum best-known for?
The Museum of Croydon tells the story of the town from 1800 to the present day through the objects and stories of local people.


Tell us your favourite local history story...
The story I listen to most frequently is Madeleine Gardiners touching memories of meeting, and collecting the autographs of, celebrities such as Peggy Mount, Richard Todd and Gene Pitney, who performed at Fairfield Halls.


Which is your favourite item in the collection?
This has to be the Petherick familys scrapbook, which contains a section of music handwritten by the famous Croydon resident, Samuel Coleridge Taylor. The iconic Trojan Bubblecar, which was manufactured on the Purley Way in the 1960s, is a favourite with all our visitors.


...and the strangest?
There are many unique objects and stories to choose from, but Captain FitzRoys iguana, which he captured in 1835 while taking part in Darwins expedition to the Galapagos islands, stands out for me.

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