August, 12 2013
The Museum at Docklands was one of the most interesting museums that I had visited. It had a much more modern feel than that of the other museums that we had visited. The museum delves into what life along the docks were before and after things changed into a massive urban center. The museum shows how people felt and what they went through during times of strife, such as IRA bombings or the times they were essentially forced to move out of their homes to make way for construction.
What was also discussed was the darker side, such as the history of slavery and trade in the earlier times of London. Altogether, I believe that this excursion was one of the best representations of Englishness and the mapping of such. This shows the history of trade within London and commodities traded. It also shows the practices of slavery and the hardships that were experienced. It also showed the more recent history of the people who lived in the Docklands and their culture. I never knew that people had grown so attached to the Docklands. The Docklands has deep to Londoners, which was expressed on a wall of post cards, relating personal feelings and experiences. I originally thought the Docklands was just another urban area in London but I clearly learned that there is more history there that connects Londoners of today to their past. The museum shows the essence of what the English Empire, how vast it stretched, how powerful it was. The docklands acted as a world center of the British Empire, an empire that essentially ruled the world. The world has changed, the empire is no longer there, but Londoners still have a strong connection to the Docklands, both negative and positive in nature. Personally I believe that the urban development that occurred with Docklands is a good thing for London, avoiding urban decay.
A history of the Docklands: