The Cuming Museum collection contains over 30,000 objects including archaeology, social history, ethnography, natural history, decorative and fine art. The core collection is the Cuming family bequest. This collection was the result of over 100 years of collecting between 1782 and 1902 by father and son Richard and Henry Syer Cuming. The bequest included funds to build a gallery and the Cuming Museum opened in an extension to the existing Newington Library on Walworth Road in 1906. Once the museum opened it attracted further donations and collections, including the Edward Lovett collection of charms and superstitions in 1916. In 2006 the museum moved to the adjacent Walworth Town Hall building, in order to be able to provide access for all (the original gallery was located upstairs). Today the museum and collections are managed by Southwark Council's Arts and Heritage Unit and the museum collects objects relating to the history and culture of Southwark. Highlights from the Cuming Museum collection include Egyptian material originally from the collections of Henry Salt, Belzoni and Athenasi; oceanic material originating from Captain Cook's second and third voyages including a Hawaiian feathered cape; scientific instruments relating to Michael Faraday; and ephemera and social history objects relating to the local area. The highlight of the Cuming's painting collection is the recently discovered Annunciation by fifteenth century Venetian artist Niccolò di Pietro. The Cuming Museum opened in 1906 in a gallery built for the Cuming family bequest in Newington Library. In 2006 the museum's public facilities moved to the ground floor of the adjacent old Walworth Town Hall. The galleries showcase the Cuming family collection and tell the story of Southwark and its diverse communities. The temporary exhibition gallery give opportunity to showcase selected areas of the Cuming Museum and Southwark Art collections.
Walworth Road, London, Greater London SE17 1RY England
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