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Selected museums, archives and special collections in Westminster Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum A visit to the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum takes you back to the birthplace of penicillin reconstructed to show it as it was in 1928 when a chance observation led to the development of an antibiotic that changed the world. http://www.imperial.nhs.uk/aboutus/museumsandarchives/index.htm Benjamin Franklin House In the heart of London, just steps from Trafalgar Square, is Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining Franklin home, now open to the public as a dynamic museum and educational facility. http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org BDA Dental Museum The BDA Dental Museum tells the fascinating story of how people have – or haven’t – looked after their teeth in the past. From 19th Century dental floss to toothache cures, clockwork drills to toothpaste adverts, there is more to discover than you might imagine. http://www.bda.org/museum British Optical Association Museum (The) The British Optical Association Museum, housed at the College of Optometrists in Craven Street, is the world’s oldest specialist collection concerning the history of opticians, eye-care and vision aids. Guided tours of its surprisingly varied collections, incorporating fine and decorative art as well as spectacles, lenses and scientific testing apparatus, are offered to the general public by prior appointment. http://www.college-optometrists.org/museum City of Westminster Archives Centre – local family history, theatre collection and more The City of Westminster Archives Centre holds extensive collections relating to local history and also thousands of playbills and theatre programmes relating to the West End and other London theatres. The collection includes photographs of theatres and performers, scrapbooks of cuttings and a comprehensive supporting reference collection. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/archives/indexes/theatre Handel House Museum Handel House Museum was home to the composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. It is a finely restored Georgian house and provides an insight into Handel’s life and music, as well as regular live music and exhibitions. http://www.handelhouse.org Institution of Civil Engineers (The) The Institution of Civil Engineers, founded in 1818, is the oldest professional engineering Institution in the world. The bulk of the Archives comprises documentary material relating to the ICE, and past members, as well as various other items and collections relating to the civil engineering profession in general. http://www.ice.org.uk London Transport Museum Lively exhibitions explore transport and the growth of modern London, its culture and society, from 1800. There are lots of activities for children, and don’t miss the new world city gallery, Beck map and iconic transport posters. http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk Museum of Soho A virtual museum preserving and serving Soho. http://www.themuseumofsoho.org.uk Parliamentary Archives The Parliamentary Archives holds the historic records of the House of Lords and House of Commons dating back to 1497, and makes them available via a public search room and enquiry service. http://www.parliament.uk/archives Royal Academy of Music Museum The museum and research centre is free of charge and opens 7 days a week. The galleries include instruments, manuscripts, images and other artefacts, and regularly host lecture-recitals, seminars, workshops, permanent and temporary exhibitions. Many of these events draw on items from the Academy’s collections. On the ground floor, the Academy Chimes shop has a wide range of printed music, books and accessories, as well as Academy-themed gifts. http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum RIBA British Architectural Library (The) The RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection is one of the leading collections of photographs of architecture and design, holding over 1.5 million images covering pre-history to the present day. www.architecture.com Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists The collections of the RCOG chart the development of women’s health care over the past 500 years and include the world’s first obstetric forceps, rare obstetrics and midwifery texts, and the personal, professional and research papers of important clinicians. To view the exhibition contact the Information Services department on 020 7772 6309 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.rcog.org.uk. Royal College of Surgeons of England The Library and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England contain over 600 archive collections and 9500 rare books. Subjects covered include anatomy, surgery, natural history, anthropology and midwifery. Library catalogue and our archive catalogue are available at http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/library Royal Institution of Great Britain - The Michael Faraday Museum The Royal Institution of Great Britain has been the home of scientific research and communication for over 200 years. The collections include the original apparatus (such as the first electric generator and first miners’ safety lamp) and our museum displays highlights discoveries made here by Michael Faraday, Humprhy Davy and others which have played a key role in the development of the modern world. Entrance is free and free interactive e-Guides are available at reception. http://www.rigb.org Royal Opera House Collections Royal Opera House Collections record the history of the Royal Opera House and its resident companies, and the previous theatres that have stood on the Covent Garden site since 1732. There is a cafe and restaurant in the Amphitheatre foyers and a terrace with outstanding views of the Covent Garden Piazza, Westminster Cathedral, the London Eye and many other London landmarks. Backstage tours bookable at the Box Office. http://www.rohcollections.org.uk Westminster Music Library Founded in 1946, Westminster Music Library is the largest public music library in the south of the UK, with thousands of books, music scores and performance parts, vocal and orchestral sets and sheet music available to borrow. The library now has a brand new Yamaha digital piano which library members are free to use. Just call 020 7641 1300 or email email@example.com to book a session. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/special/music Westminster Reference Library Arts and Design Collection and Exhibition Space Westminster's Art and Design Collection, recognised as one of national significance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, is held on the first and second floors of Westminster Reference Library. An exhibition space is available to artists wishing to show their work. To hire the space or for further information please contact Duart da Silva-Sylwain by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All exhibitions are completely FREE to view. http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/special/artdesign AIM25 Archives in London and the M25 – AIM25 provides access to descriptions of the contents of more than one hundred archives in the London area, including collections relating to local history, genealogy and the history of the capital. Please visit www.aim25.ac.uk for more information.
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