Help save The Clink Museum

by The Clink Prison Museum in London, England, United Kingdom

Help save The Clink Museum
We did it
On 27th July 2020 we successfully raised £2,022 with 88 supporters in 56 days

The original site of The Clink, one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons, is threatened with closure due to the Covid- 19 lockdown

by The Clink Prison Museum in London, England, United Kingdom

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:

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more


One family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for entry to the museum plus a detailed full-colour guidebook. Valid until 30 April 2022.

£10 or more


Your name will feature on a special plaque in the Clink Museum to remind visitors of your generous support for years to come.

£50 or more


Your name will be entered into a prize draw whereby 10 lucky winners will be able to nominate a school, college, university or recognised group to have a pre-booked self guided visit to the museum for up to 30 people!

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