A historical collection of more than 500,000 branded items

This article titled “‘A portal into our past': museum showcases history of brands” was written by Maev Kennedy, for theguardian.com on Monday 7th March 2016 11.44 UTC

Despite his lunchtime tour of local pound shops, and a pause on the way back to retrieve a particularly interesting paper cup from a bin, Robert Opie insists he is a social historian, not an obsessed collector.

His Museum of Brands – a display of more than 12,000 boxes, cartons, tins, bottles, jars, packets, posters, games, toys and an art deco electric fire in the shape of a Scottie dog – has just found its third, and he hopes final, home just off Ladbroke Grove in west London.

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