The world’s smallest Victoria and Albert museum opened in Chrisp Street, Poplar in May 2016, sitting at the base of Frederick Gibberd’s 1951 Clock Tower.

The project, in partnership with the National Trust, charts the changing area through its community and their experiences.

Since opening its doors in 2016, the Lansbury Micro Museum has attracted over 3k visitors through its evolving exhibitions, exploring Poplar’s rich cultural and political history: from local hero and social reformer George Lansbury, The Lansbury Estate and the 1951 Festival of Britain’s Live Architecture Exhibition, and the pivotal role that Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes played in forging the way to female suffrage.

Local residents are at the heart of the evolving exhibits, with workshops and themes that explore the story of this part of East London’s past, present and future.

The project’s principal partners are the V&A and the National Trust, and the project is supported by the Mayor of London and Telford Homes.

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Over 3k visitors

The world’s smallest Victoria and Albert museum

Exhibits curated by local residents

"This is a fantastic initiative. It is important for local people to know the history of the area."

S Skingle, local resident and museum visitor