Croydon NOW Exhibitions

Croydon Now

'Croydon Now' is our contemporary exhibition space within the Museum of Croydon. It is a showcase for our community outreach, project and partnership work. It is also a way of keeping you up to date with what we do for culture in Croydon.

The changing displays bring all the things that we do around Croydon back into the museum, bringing new audiences with them and making the museum meaningful to people who don't think it's for them.

The Croydon NOW gallery is in the Museum of Croydon, on the ground floor of Croydon Clocktower. Entrance to the gallery is FREE.

For opening times and access information for this gallery, please see our 'Visit Us' page.

Current Croydon NOW Exhibition

Croydon NOW Exhibition Archive

Saturday April 28 2018-
FREE, Croydon NOW Gallery
100 years…Peace, protest, conflict.

This exhibition looks back at the Museum of Croydon’s commemoration of the First World War and features untold stories for its citizens and their experience of peace, protest and conflict. It will also reflect on the changing role of women and Croydon’s involvement in the suffrage movement.

Within the Town Hall where the declaration of war was communicated to Croydon, Conscientious Objectors appealed against Military service at the Tribunals, Mayoress Houlder handed over the Women’s Citizen’s Address following the Representation of the People Act. The Town Hall complex where the Museum of Croydon is located was also where the Roll of Honour was compiled, war committee meetings were held, and the Mayor’s speech was given after the armistice was signed.

If walls could talk, these are the stories they might tell…

Logo of the 'Gujarati Yatra' exhibition at Croydon Clocktower, Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Saturday 14 April 2018.

Gujarati Yatra: journey of a people

, Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Saturday 14 April 2018, Croydon Clocktower.

Logo of 'The Fairfield Collection' exhibition, in the Museum of Croydon NOW Gallery, 16 May - 4 November 2017.

'The Fairfield Collection' exhibition

Tuesday 16 May - Saturday 4 November 2017
FREE, Croydon NOW Gallery

Celebrating the objects, stories and history of Croydon's iconic cultural venue prior to its re-opening in 2018.

Find out more about 'The Fairfield Collection' exhibition.

Explore the objects and stories included in 'The Fairfield Collection' online exhibition [link opens in new window].

Logo of the 'Blasts from the past' exhibition.

'Blasts from the past' exhibition

Tuesday 19 April 2016 - Saturday 15 April 2017
FREE, Croydon NOW Gallery

Our new Croydon NOW exhibition celebrating 21 years of exhibitions at Croydon Clocktower.

Find out more about the 'Blasts from the past' exhibition and how you can contribute to it.

Photograph of Park Lane, Croydon, 1960s

Moving to London: 50th anniversary of the London Borough of Croydon

Wednesday 1 April - Saturday 19 March 2016 [Last chance to see - extended until Saturday 9 April 2016]
FREE, Croydon NOW gallery

'Moving to London' explores, through objects, photographs and personal stories, the regeneration of the 1960s and its impact on the County Borough of Croydon and Urban District Council of Coulsdon & Purley; the amalgamation of the two to form the London Borough of Croydon in 1965; and its growth and development into the early 1970s.

View objects and listen to stories from our 'Moving to London' exhibition

Exhibition image from First World War, Stories of Croydon.

First World War: Stories of Croydon

Until Saturday 21 March 2015

The First World War claimed the lives of 2,500 men on active service between 28th July 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The 100th anniversary of the world's first truly global conflict is commemorated in this exhibition by students from St Joseph's College.

The students worked with museum staff and volunteers to explore the experiences of Croydon citizens during the war and to help bring their stories to light.

Logo of the 'Moving Stories' exhibition at the Museum of Croydon until January 2014.

'Moving stories' - Do you have a story to tell?

Until 25 April 2014

During 2013, we collected 20 new stories to help us celebrate the diversity of Croydon.

Find out more about the 'Moving Stories' exhibition...

Photo from the 'Cabinet of Curiosities' exhibition at the Museum of Croydon,  Croydon Clocktower.

Cabinet of Curiosities

Until Saturday 23 March 2013

Cabinet of Curiosities is a theatre production that was created as a collaboration between 'This and That Theatre Company' and 'Tangled Feet'.

Based on artefacts found in the Museum of Croydon, the cast take you on a thoughtful and exciting journey through Croydon's past, present and future. This production is made up of different personal stories from Croydon, all of which can be found in the museum. It centres around the theme of identity with the actors selecting people from the museum whose personal identity either inspired or intrigued them.

In the Museum of Croydon you can see an exhibition based on the participants and how they view their identity. Until December 2012, you can watch a film of the theatre production and see photographs from the performances in Space C.

Tangled Feet have been working alongside the youth theatre company, 'This and That Theatre Company' (formerly known as Ignite Theatre) to create this project, commissioned by the Museum of Croydon.

Cabinet of Curiosities is part of Stories of the World, one of the major projects at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Cultural Olympiad began in 2008 and uses the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially amongst young people.

Exhibition flyer for 'The Tale of Croydon Mosque' exhibition, at the Museum of Croydon until 28 january 2012.

The Tale of Croydon Mosque

28 September 2011 - 3 March 2012

The Tale of Croydon Mosque explores the history of the largest mosque in Croydon, the Croydon Mosque & Islamic Centre at 525 London Road. The mosque has grown from informal gatherings in the basement of 32 Derby Road, West Croydon in the mid-1960s, into the 2,000+ capacity building we see today.

Developed by Asian Youth Alliance (AYA), an organisation specialising in youth, community and digital engagement, and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Croydon's Blitz

18 September - 31 December 2010

A collaboration between the Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, local people who lived through the Blitz and the Museum of Croydon, this exhibition explores experiences of childhood for Croydon residents during the Blitz.

'Logo of the 'Make do and Mend' exhibition in Croydon NOW gallery at the Clocktower, 26 June - 15 September 2010.

26 June - 15 September 2010

Photo of a group of local women ‘Knitting for Victory’, 1942. Photo courtesy of Croydon Local Studies Library & Archives.This exhibition brings to life some of the memories of Croydon residents about 'Make do and Mend’.

‘Make do and Mend’ was originally a war time pamphlet, issued by the Ministry of Information in 1943 with the aim of encouraging people to be thrifty. It offered tips on how to re-invigorate old clothes by darning and fixing frayed edges, and how to keep moths away.

The philosophy of ‘waste not want not’ was a part of people’s everyday lives during the second World War and ‘Dig For Victory’ campaigns ensured that people grew their own vegetables and reused their leftovers. And through the ‘National Salvage Drive’, Croydon residents, even at this time, were recycling paper.

During February 2010, the Museum of Croydon undertook reminiscence sessions with local people from sheltered housing, to unlock some memories of wartime thriftiness and make do and mend. Their stories have formed the basis of this display. Listen to their memories on the screens, and learn about one young local group who are particularly resourceful when making new clothes!

Photo of a group of local women ‘Knitting for Victory’, 1942. Photo courtesy of Croydon Local Studies Library & Archives.

'Photo of Lascar sailors'. Image reproduced by kind permission of the Museum of London.

'Sailing to Britain: Discovering the Lives of Lascars'

30 April - 19 June 2010

This unique exhibition introduces you to the lives and stories of Lascars. Lascars were migrant sailors shipped to Britain from Africa and Asia by the East India Shipping Company. They were often used as cheap labour.

This exhibition covers the period 1805 to 1918. During this period, Lascars worked on trade ships and in the navies, sailing between Europe and India, China, Malaysia, Thailand and East Africa. Many ended up making Britain their home.

As seen through the eyes of London's young people, Sailing to Britain is the first exhibition of its kind.

'Photo of Lascar sailors'. Image reproduced by kind permission of the Museum of London.

Logo of Tara Arts.'Sailing to Britain' is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, led by Tara Arts in partnership with the London Boroughs of Croydon, Wandsworth and Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Logo: Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

School students taking part in a community art workshop at the Museum of Croydon. Photograph by James Pike.

Scene Again: Croydon Art Through Local Eyes

8 February - 1 May 2010

'Scene Again' showcases and celebrates our community art project during the 'Scene Unseen' exhibition. In the exhibition gallery (Ground Floor, Clocktower) you can see the artwork produced by the artist and community groups involved in the project. In the Croydon NOW section of the Museum of Croydon (Level 1, Clocktower), you can see an exhibition of photos and video footage taken during the project, which ran between October and December 2009.

Find out more about the 'Scene Again' community art project.
Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm (Croydon NOW) and 11am - 5pm (Exhibition Gallery). Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Photo of workshop from the 'Collaboration' exhibition.


17 October 2009 - 30 January 2010

Find out how the BRIT School and St Giles' School have worked together to reinterpret William Golding’s ‘The Lord of the Flies’.

Logo of the 'Back to the Future' Exhibition

'Back to the Future'

10 August - 10 October 2009

'Back to the Future' looked at the work of the Local Studies Library & Archives Service.

The exhibition featured interviews with staff and local people who use the service as well as showcasing the treasure trove of information relating to Croydon's history which they collect.

The exhibition aimed to help you to find out how you can use this material to find out about the history of your family, the house you live in and anything else you want to know about Croydon in the past.

The Local Studies Library & Archives is based on Level 3 of Croydon Clocktower, and is free to visit.

Local Studies Library & Archives Opening Hours:

Monday: 0900 - 1900
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 0900 - 1800
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 0900 - 1800
Saturdays: 0900 - 1700 on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, closed on other Saturdays
Sundays: Closed

Visit the Local Studies Library & Archives pages on Croydon Council's website (opens in a new window).

'Indian Strings & Dances'

Friday 10 April - Saturday 1 August 2009

Find out about Indian music and dance traditions as practised in Britain today and take part in an extensive events programme of talks, demonstrations and activities.

From 10 April the exhibition will be displayed in the Croydon NOW gallery, Space C and the Clocktower Cafe and Court area until June and then continues in the Croydon NOW gallery of the Museum of Croydon until August 2009.

Find out more about the 'Indian Strings & Dances' exhibition here.

Wandle Street, 2008. Photograph by Corinne Silva.

'Croydonisation: A tale of Regeneration in London’s Third City'

Saturday 20 September - February 2009

‘Croydonisation’ is a photographic installation by artist Corinne Silva, exploring regeneration in Croydon Town Centre from the 1890s, through the period of major development of the 1960s and 70s, to town planners’ and architects’ proposed visions for the future.

The exhibition highlights aspects of Croydon’s architectural heritage as well as its ongoing transformation. The work invites reflection on both the impact of regeneration and the personal and collective memories and histories that are embedded in Croydon’s streets and architecture.

The exhibition opened to coincide with London’s Open House Weekend and continues in the Croydon NOW gallery of the Museum of Croydon until January 2009.

Wandle Street, 2008
Photograph by Corinne Silva.

To see a list of all buildings in Croydon which took part in Open House London 2008, visit the Open House website (opens in new window).

Painting by David Horstman featured in the 'In Our Own Words' Exhibition at the Museum of Croydon, 28 May - 23 August 2008.

'In Our Own Words: Stories of Croydon’s Day Centres’

Wednesday 28 May - Thursday 12 September 2008

In Croydon, the way that people with learning disabilities spend their days has recently changed. 'In Our Own Words' explores people with learning disabilities' memories of work, discos and friends - both then and now.

Logo of the Open University.

The 'In Our Own Words' Exhibition is part of the 'Days Gone By' participative research project, co-ordinated by the Open University. The project explores the history of learning disability through the changes in post-war service provision.

To find out more about this project visit the Open University's 'Days Gone By Project' website (opens in new window).

Heritage Lottery Fund - Lottery Funded Logo

The 'Days Gone By' Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

'Croydon's Climate  Challenge' Croydon NOW Exhibition logo.

Croydon NOW: Croydon's Climate Challenge

February - 17 May 2008

This exhibition explored what Croydon is doing to reduce it's carbon emissions and live more sustainably.
We asked a local family, community groups, some young people, two schools, a local business and Croydon Council to show us what they are doing.