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Fire damages Southwark’s Cuming Museum collection

Posted at 4:30 pm, March 27, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, News
Cuming Museum © Flickr: Matt from London

The Cuming Museum in Southwark, which holds artefacts from all over the world, including objects from Roman London, Chinese ornaments and African tribal costumes, was still being dampened down by firefighters yesterday after a devastating fire swept through the building on Monday afternoon. Almost 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines tackled the blaze in the four-storey building in Wansey Street, Walworth. Nobody was injured in the fire. ‘The roof has been completely destroyed, and the floor below it has been badly damaged but we are still assessing the damage to the collections,’ a spokesperson for Southwark council told TO. The fire started on the roof at around 12.30pm on Monday and was brought under control at around 5pm. According to a report in the Museums Journal some displays have been damaged and collections in storage may have suffered water damage, while the condition of two glazed stoneware birds dating from 1890, that were on loan from the British Museum, are not known. The Cuming Museum was founded in 1906 from the private collection of the Cuming family. It also houses a permanent exhibition on the history of Southwark and the Newington Library. Rebecca Taylor

For more info, see southwark.gov.uk/cumingmuseum.

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