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Museum plans 5th birthday free family weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:01 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 October 2010

A WEEKEND of family activities is planned to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of East London’s Museum in Docklands, writes Laura Aylett. Fascinating characters from the history of the East End back to Roman times are wandering the galleries at the museum in West India Quay on July 26 and 27

A WEEKEND of family activities is planned to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of East London's Museum in Docklands, writes Laura Aylett.

Fascinating characters from the history of the East End back to Roman times are wandering the galleries at the museum in West India Quay on July 26 and 27.

Workshops are being run to bring the past alive through music and drama.

Visitors on the Saturday (July 26) have a chance to find out what archaeologists have discovered at the 2012 Olympics site in Stratford.

A performance is also being staged of Africa Abroad, by Gabrielle Bourn, the story of a boy who travelled from Africa to London in the 18th century.

The fun and variety of Victorian music hall is recreated on the Sunday (July 27), with opportunities to dress up in period costume and become a star... a kind of 'Victorian Stars in Their Eyes'.

Children under five can take part in a rhythm session and a Chinese ribbon dance.

The museum has helped half-a-million visitors since opening in 2003 to explore the fascinating past of Docklands, from Roman times, through the Middle Ages and to the later Industrial Revolution when London was the busiest port in the world, brining them up-to-date with Canary Wharf's modern status as a global financial powerhouse.

The permanent galleries at the museum are free over the special weekend, including a recreation of the docks, how East London lived through the Second World War and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

More details on the museum's website at:

http://www.museumindocklands.org.uk.

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