The Cuming Museum

Entertainment & Arts

Europe, United Kingdom, London

The Cuming Museum in Walworth Road, within the London Borough of Southwark, London, England, houses the collection of the Cuming family and is also a museum of Southwark's history. The collection was gifted by Henry Syer Cuming in 1902 and the museum opened in 1906. As described in Cuming's will it comprised, "My Museum illustrative of Natural History, Archaeology and Ethnology with my coins and medals and… other curios". The gallery has a temporary exhibition programme and a programme of activities for young people. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday. The building adjoins a local library. On this site, Charles Babbage, the Victorian mechanical computer pioneer, was born in 1791, although the original house has been demolished. A blue plaque records his birth.