First Port of Empire: 1840 - 1939 Free



With the advent of steam power, the volume of trade flowing through London massively increased. More trade meant more docks. Ships were becoming larger as wooden ships gave way to iron. Between 1855 and 1886 a series of new dock complexes were built on both banks of the river.

The gallery explores the life of the docker, with exhibits such as the massive Stevedores' banner commemorating the 1889 Dock Strike. Other subjects include the arrival of the first dock police force

the building of the Great Eastern, one of the world’s largest ships

and the Princess Alice disaster - the worst maritime disaster in British history. Paintings and photographs and film bring the richness of the stories to life.


Adult Ticket: Free

Venue Details & Map

Museum of London Docklands

West India Quay
E14 4AL
+44 (0)20 7001 9844
Public transport:
West India Quay (DLR), Canary Wharf (Underground), Canary Wharf Pier (River)

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