Croydon - Gateway to Europe
A new exhibition exploring the period when the suburbs, and in particular Croydon, were regarded as the most fashionable, desirable and aspirational places to live will be the first new show at the re-opened Museum of Croydon at Croydon Clocktower.
Using Croydon as an example, the exhibition will celebrate the design, fashion and architecture which caused the suburbs to burst into life in the years between the two World Wars. It will examine the lifestyles of the people living in and choosing to move to suburbia, reflecting the excitement at being able to own your own home for the first time in London’s greenest, most attractive borough. Neo-Georgian designs battled mock-Tudor, as residents had the ability to influence the design of their homes. Sunshine in Suburbia will show a time when suburbs were considered fashionable, perhaps a surprising notion to many people today. The exhibition is supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Your Heritage grant of £50,000.
The exhibition will also reflect the jet set lifestyle of some suburban residents and the importance of Croydon as home to the UK’s major airport. Well before Gatwick and Heathrow, Croydon Airport was regarded as the glamorous and exclusive gateway to Europe and beyond, and the birthplace of international passenger flights.
Dates: 21 October 2006 – 24 February 2007
Admission: Adults £1.50; Concessions 50p
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 5pm
Late opening until 8pm every Monday and Thursday
More information: www.croydon.gov.uk/clocktower or 020 8253 1030
Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
By Car - Use multi-storey car parks available all over Croydon town centre. The nearest are Fairfield in Barclay Road and Surrey Street in Charles Street. By Bus - Close to all major Croydon bus routes and a short walk from West Croydon Bus Station.
By Train - A short walk from East and West Croydon Rail Stations. Regular trains from Victoria, London Bridge, Thameslink stations, Gatwick Airport and south coast destinations all serve Croydon.
By Tram - Croydon's Tramlink has opened up Croydon Clocktower's facilities for many more people. Nearest stops are George Street and Wellesley Road.