Don’t let the current pandemic destroy our heritage forever. If you care about social history please support our crowd funder to save the prison that gave its name to all others!
The Clink Prison Museum lies in the heart of modern-day Southwark and presents the scandalous truth of Old Bankside through a hands-on educational experience. There are opportunities to view archaeological artefacts, experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prison, handle torture devices, and to view and hear all about the tales of torment and many misfortunes of the inmates of the infamous Clink Prison.
We are a small family run museum, voted by the people of Southwark to receive a blue plaque, with no access to local or central government funding.100% of our revenue comes from our ticket sales, school bookings and our gift shop.
Consequently we have suffered a drastic loss of income in the past few months but we still have fixed costs and bills to pay. We anticipate that even when we can reopen it will be a long while before our normal visitor numbers resume and therefore the future viability of keeping this local historical landmark open is in jeopardy.
Our mission is to keep local history alive. We offer enriching educational experiences for young people that are closely aligned with all stages of the National Curriculum and our guided tours are thoroughly enjoyed by our student visitors. Furthermore we have a huge variety of history for all ages to explore. This summer we had hoped to introduce our newest section of the museum commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyages to which The Clink Prison made a fascinating contribution. Our museum also provides a number of jobs for people in the local community, supports local charities and gives people of all ages and from all walks of life a new and exciting experience to remember. Check out our website for more information: www.clink.co.uk
We believe that independent museums will be needed more than ever post pandemic- where better to escape the unusual circumstances we have been living through? Enrich your child’s learning from home? Or meet relatives for an interesting morning out in London?
Please help save the oldest tourist attraction on Bankside (and not let our site become yet another coffee shop…!)
If you cannot afford to donate, you can still help the Clink by sharing this page, telling your friends, or making a promise to visit us when the pandemic is over.
Stay safe, and thank you for your support.