'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.
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.
'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.
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.
Until 25 April 2014
During 2013, we collected 20 new stories to help us celebrate the diversity of Croydon.
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.
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.
26 June - 15 September 2010
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!
'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.
'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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
The 'Days Gone By' Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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.