London's about to get its "first all-encompassing museum since the opening of the Horniman in 1910", as Hackney's Little Shop of Horrors transmogrifies from eccentric gallery and venue into a museum proper.
When complete, the new Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities will host two art exhibitions per year on its first floor, while the 'Wunderkabinett' in the double-vaulted basement will display the museum's collection of oddities (and we really mean ODDities) — in the idiosyncratic manner anyone who's been to the Little Shop of Horrors will understand. Shrunken heads bump up against antique pornography; kidney stones against artworks. It's quite an experience.
The team behind the Mare Street space has been fundraising to complete the alterations (including a disabled toilet and a bar), and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.
Until the museum opens on 7 November, take a gander at some of the collection in the gallery above.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, E8 4RP. See www.lasttuesdaysociety.org for details.