Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Museum and Archives We collect material relating to the history of Brent and its people. Come and explore our galleries on the 2nd floor of Willesden Green Library.
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Formerly Grange Museum of Community History, Brent Museum is now based in The Library at Willesden Green. The museum collection consists of thousands of objects relating to the Brent in the past and in the present. Brent Archives hold collections related to the London Borough of Brent and its residents and can help with many local history enquiries. The Archive Searchroom is open at the following times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9am - 5pm Thursdays: 1pm-8pm Saturdays: 10am-5pm (closed for lunch from 1-2pm) We hold the records of Brent Council and its predecessors, historical maps and street directories, electoral registers, school records, and an extensive collection of old photographs and postcards. Our local history collections include a large reference collection, and local newspapers dating back to 1870. We also collect the records of local groups and organisations; if you have records you would be interested in donating, please contact us. For our house rules regarding posts and comments please visit - https://www.brent.gov.uk/houserules

#OnThisDay in 1985, the benefit concert Live Aid was held at Wembley Stadium. The event raised funds for the relief effo...
13/07/2020

#OnThisDay in 1985, the benefit concert Live Aid was held at Wembley Stadium. The event raised funds for the relief effort for the famine in Ethiopia. Acts performing in London included Queen, David Bowie and Elton John.

#LiveAid #ThisDayInHistory #ThisDayInMusic

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This week, we are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. During this difficult time, it feels more important than ...
10/07/2020

This week, we are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. During this difficult time, it feels more important than ever to give our thanks to everyone involved in our National Health Service.

In this local history article, Philip Grant delves into our archives and finds an example of social care in Kingsbury 200 years ago, with doctors and pharmacists treating poor residents for free.

Click the link to read the article:https://www.brent.gov.uk/media/387485/The%20Poor%20of%20the%20Parish,%20PG%202010.pdf

Read more articles here: https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/culture-leisure-and-parks/brent-museum-and-archives/local-history-resources/local-history-documents/

#NHS #localhistory
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Local historian, Margaret Pratt, from the Willesden Local History Society, has written a new series of articles explorin...
09/07/2020
NEW: Church End and Chapel End - Part 1 (Margaret Pratt).pdf

Local historian, Margaret Pratt, from the Willesden Local History Society, has written a new series of articles exploring the history of Church End and Chapel End.

Please click the link below to read the PDF, and comment below with your memories and thoughts.

Check back each week for future installments!

#localhistory #Willesden #ChurchEnd #ChapelEnd

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A World War II A.R.P Warden's Steel Helmet (1939-1945).#BrentTogether #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WWII #WW2
07/07/2020

A World War II A.R.P Warden's Steel Helmet (1939-1945).

#BrentTogether #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WWII #WW2

In his new one-off article, local historian Philip Grant looks at some big issues around vaccines and health. Including ...
06/07/2020
NEW: Vaccines - and a little piece of Sudbury's history.pdf

In his new one-off article, local historian Philip Grant looks at some big issues around vaccines and health. Including the part played by a farm in Sudbury, and how immunisation has affected the lives of Brent residents.

Click the link below to read the PDF.

#Sudbury #health #localhistory #Brent #Wembley

Navy blue cloth shoulder bag issued to a Mrs Woolford in 1944. She was in in the women's Auxilliary Air Force (WAAF) dur...
06/07/2020

Navy blue cloth shoulder bag issued to a Mrs Woolford in 1944. She was in in the women's Auxilliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II.

#BrentTogether #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WWII #WW2 #WAAF

TOMORROW Saturday 4 July, 11.30am-12.30pm, we are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special, free art workshop f...
03/07/2020

TOMORROW Saturday 4 July, 11.30am-12.30pm, we are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special, free art workshop for kids aged 7-12 to mark the Kids In Museum’s #DigitalTakeoverDay.

For this extra special session, the children will draw pictures from local Brent artist Louis Wain, who specialised in cat pictures!

Here’s the information to join the Zoom session: ZOOM ID: 858-6011-3853 PASSWORD: 354182

Jerry and Reece are two local 11-year-olds who have been running a series of virtual art workshops for children aged 7-12 during lockdown. These sessions have allowed children a space to interact, draw, tell jokes, riddles whilst tapping into their passion for art.

They got in touch with us for our #CollectingBrent project, where we asked local people to send us material that related to how they have spent their lockdown. If you feel you have something you would like to donate related to your recent experiences, or would like further information, email us at: [email protected]

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Happy #InternationalReggaeDay! #DidYouKnow Bob Marley lived in Brent? Marley and his band, the Wailers, moved into a hou...
01/07/2020

Happy #InternationalReggaeDay! #DidYouKnow Bob Marley lived in Brent? Marley and his band, the Wailers, moved into a house in Neasden in 1972, hoping to attract a wider audience. The following year, their fifth studio album, Catch A Fire, skyrocketed them into the mainstream.

We added a copy of Catch A Fire on vinyl to our collection this year for a community exhibition, #AllRoadsLeadtoBrent, curated by local young people.

#Reggae #BobMarley #DYK
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We are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special art workshop for kids aged 7-12 to mark the Kids In Museum’s #D...
30/06/2020

We are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special art workshop for kids aged 7-12 to mark the Kids In Museum’s #DigitalTakeoverDay. For this extra special session, the children will draw pictures from local Brent artist Louis Wain, who specialised in cat pictures!

The session will take place on Saturday 4 July, 11.30am-12.30pm. Here’s the information to join the Zoom session: ZOOM ID: 858-6011-3853 PASSWORD: 354182

Jerry and Reece are two local 11-year-olds who have been running a series of virtual art workshops for children aged 7-12 during lockdown. These sessions have allowed children a space to interact, draw, tell jokes, riddles whilst tapping into their passion for art.

They got in touch with us for our #CollectingBrent project, where we asked local people to send us material that related to how they have spent their lockdown. If you feel you have something you would like to donate related to your recent experiences, or would like further information, email us at: [email protected]

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Mr Levi's Green Grocery on Harrow Road (Production date 1910-20)You can search more photos online by visiting https://bm...
29/06/2020

Mr Levi's Green Grocery on Harrow Road (Production date 1910-20)

You can search more photos online by visiting https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #Brent #HarrowRoad

One of the last horse drawn workman's tram from Harrow Road to Paddington (August 1906).You can search for more photos o...
28/06/2020

One of the last horse drawn workman's tram from Harrow Road to Paddington (August 1906).

You can search for more photos on our online catalogue visit https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #Brent #Horsedrawntram #tram #exploreyourarchive

27/06/2020

A video showing you how to access our PDFs online.

Anti-Nazi propaganda booklet published by Woburn Press. Discrimination against Jews had not been limited to Germany befo...
26/06/2020

Anti-Nazi propaganda booklet published by Woburn Press. Discrimination against Jews had not been limited to Germany before World War II but also common across Europe. This document set out to counter-act the lies.

(First published in 1941 but this copy was printed later in the war)

#BrentTogether #Brent #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WWII #WW2 #Jews #propaganda #antiracism

We are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special art workshop for kids aged 7-12 to mark the Kids In Museum’s #D...
26/06/2020

We are teaming up with J&R Art-House to put on a special art workshop for kids aged 7-12 to mark the Kids In Museum’s #DigitalTakeoverDay. For this extra special session, the children will draw pictures from local Brent artist Louis Wain, who specialised in cat pictures!

The session will take place on Saturday 4 July, 11.30am-12.30pm. Here’s the information to join the Zoom session: ZOOM ID: 858-6011-3853 PASSWORD: 354182

Jerry and Reece are two local 11-year-olds who have been running a series of virtual art workshops for children aged 7-12 during lockdown. These sessions have allowed children a space to interact, draw, tell jokes, riddles whilst tapping into their passion for art.

They got in touch with us for our #CollectingBrent project, where we asked local people to send us material that related to how they have spent their lockdown. If you feel you have something you would like to donate related to your recent experiences, or would like further information, email us at: [email protected]

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Remember to check out our online resources! These include a Windrush resource, and Then and Now resources which focus on...
25/06/2020

Remember to check out our online resources! These include a Windrush resource, and Then and Now resources which focus on different areas of Brent and how they have changed.

These are suitable for anyone interested in local history!

Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1V-RHAvqk3wAOPcixK0wsvcsyqnhwp7gA?usp=sharing

Photo shows a sailing race on the Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp).

Areas covered include:
- Alperton
- Cricklewood and Dollis Hill
- Harlesden
- Kilburn
- Kingsbury
- Neasden and Dudden Hill
- Stonebridge
- Wembley and Tokyngton

Comment below with your memories!

#OnThisDay in 2013, Nelson Mandela was awarded Freedom of the Borough by Brent Council, for his services to human rights...
24/06/2020

#OnThisDay in 2013, Nelson Mandela was awarded Freedom of the Borough by Brent Council, for his services to human rights and freedom of speech. 23 years after the campaign began. This is the highest honour a council can give an individual.

This scroll went on display in last year's #BrentsJourneytoJustice exhibition.

Read more about the Brent's Journey to Justice exhibition: https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/culture-leisure-and-parks/brent-museum-and-archives/exhibitions-events-and-projects/brent-s-journey-to-justice/

See the catalogue entry here: https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/Details/collect/11651

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The sixth and final part of Philip Grant's local history series is available as a PDF. Wembley Park Story - Part 6 looks...
23/06/2020
The Wembley Park Story - Part 6.pdf

The sixth and final part of Philip Grant's local history series is available as a PDF. Wembley Park Story - Part 6 looks at Wembley Park in the 21st century, including the building of the new Wembley Stadium.

Click the link to read it! Next week will be the last in the series, looking at Wembley Park in the 21st century.

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#WembleyPark #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CAjL75Te5Qae_aMAameguJONzK5VNllq/view?usp=sharing

22/06/2020
Behind the Scenes with the Windrush 70 exhibition co-curator

Take a walk behind the scenes with co-curator Ashleigh Trezise as she explores her experience working with Brent community members to develop the West Indian Front Room installation.

Check out the other videos in the playlist for more!

#Windrush2020 #Windrush

22/06/2020
Behind the Scenes with Windrush 70 exhibition poet Malika Booker

Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Two poems were specially commissioned to celebrate the seventy year anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush.

Hear Malika Booker read these poems inspired by Brent's Caribbean community.

Check out the other videos in the playlist for more!

#Windrush #Windrush2020

Today is #WindrushDay, which marks the moment when Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, upon the request of the Bri...
22/06/2020

Today is #WindrushDay, which marks the moment when Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean, upon the request of the British Government, arrived at a small port in Tilbury to help rebuild a broken Britain after World War II.

2018 marked 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked in the UK. Brent Culture celebrated this milestone anniversary with an exciting programme of events which included a free exhibition - Brent’s Pioneering Windrush Generation.

The display explored the Borough’s rich Caribbean heritage with photographs of Brent residents by artist and photographer Nadia Nervo.

To explore Brent’s Pioneering Windrush Generation exhibition and see films that journey behind the scenes, visit our website: https://www.brent.gov.uk/windrush

We also have a learning resource, which is suitable for parents, teachers and other interested parties: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O84TFbNNBWphrZ1FTr950zXUBu1LBhT6/view?usp=sharing

20/06/2020

The weather has not been great this week but today one of our volunteers managed to create a #timelapse this afternoon in Queens Park.
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#BrentTogether #timelapse #Brent #lboc2020

It's #WindrushDay on Monday, and we are celebrating the contributions and stories of the Windrush Generation in Brent. H...
19/06/2020
Brent Council - Windrush 2020 – A celebration of Brent’s Pioneering Windrush Generation

It's #WindrushDay on Monday, and we are celebrating the contributions and stories of the Windrush Generation in Brent.

Head over to our website to find out more: https://www.brent.gov.uk/windrush

Check out our learning resource here, suitable for parents and teachers or any interested party: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O84TFbNNBWphrZ1FTr950zXUBu1LBhT6/view?usp=sharing

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#Windrush2020

2018 marked 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked in the UK. Brent Culture celebrated this milestone anniversary with an exciting programme of events which included a free exhibition - Brent’s Pioneering Windrush Generation.

The fifth part of Philip Grant's new local history series is available as a PDF.Wembley Park Story - Part 5 looks at Wem...
16/06/2020
The Wembley Park Story - Part 5.pdf

The fifth part of Philip Grant's new local history series is available as a PDF.

Wembley Park Story - Part 5 looks at Wembley Park from the 1950s to the 1990s, from Harlem Globetrotters and Wembley Lions to Euro '96.

Click the link to read it! Next week will be the last in the series, looking at Wembley Park in the 21st century.

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#WembleyPark #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Clockwork tin bus, c.1950. Modelled on the Green Line Bus of 1950's, green 'DORKING' 'TRIANG MINIC TOYS. MADE IN ENGLAND...
11/06/2020

Clockwork tin bus, c.1950. Modelled on the Green Line Bus of 1950's, green 'DORKING' 'TRIANG MINIC TOYS. MADE IN ENGLAND' on bottom.

You can explore more using the online catalog https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #objectinfocus #exploreyourarchive #clockworkbus #clockworktinbus #greenlinebus #toybus

09/06/2020

What are born digital records? What is metadata? This video explains the different types.

#borndigitalrecords #borndigital #digitalfiles #computing #digitalarchiving #digitalarchives #borndigitalphotos #digitise

08/06/2020
The Olympic Games (1948) | BFI National Archive

The forth part of Philip Grant's new local history series is available as a PDF. Wembley Park Story - Part 4 looks at the development of the Empire Stadium and Empire Pool (now Wembley Stadium and SSE Arena), including hosting the 1948 Olympics.

Click the link to read it! We'll be posting them every Monday, so keep an eye out for future installments. 👀

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#WembleyPark #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Also check out this BFI video of the 1948 Olympics: https://youtu.be/kYxaTthAqVc

Welcome to London in 1948, where the Olympic Games, the world's greatest sporting spectacle, have returned after an interruption of 12 years due to the horro...

Three benefits and steps to creating a digital archive.-#exploreyourarchive #BrentTogether #digitising #digitalarchive #...
08/06/2020

Three benefits and steps to creating a digital archive.
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#exploreyourarchive #BrentTogether #digitising #digitalarchive #digitalarchiving #digitise #archive

05/06/2020

A video spotlight of Harlesden (then and now) in the borough of Brent.

#BrentTogether #Harlesden #Heritage

Three medals comprising of the 1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-1919.You can explore more usin...
05/06/2020

Three medals comprising of the 1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-1919.

You can explore more using the online catalog here https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #objectinfocus #exploreyourarchive #warmedals #starmedal #britishwarmedal #victorymedal

Three medals comprising of the 1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-1919.You can explore more usin...
04/06/2020

Three medals comprising of the 1914 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-1919.

You can explore more using the online catalog https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #objectinfocus #exploreyourarchive #warmedals #starmedal #britishwarmedal #victorymedal

Lambert & Butler May Blossom cigarette tin. The front and back of the tin show prize medals won by the brand from 1851 t...
02/06/2020

Lambert & Butler May Blossom cigarette tin. The front and back of the tin show prize medals won by the brand from 1851 to 1886. The decoration on the cover includes an Egyptian sphinx.

You can explore more using the online catalog https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/

#BrentTogether #objectinfocus #exploreyourarchive #cigarettetin #lambertandbutler #mayblossom #online

The third part of Philip Grant's new local history series is available as a PDF.Wembley Park Story - Part 3 looks at the...
01/06/2020
The Wembley Park Story - Part 3.pdf

The third part of Philip Grant's new local history series is available as a PDF.

Wembley Park Story - Part 3 looks at the development of the Wembley Park Estate Company and the British Empire Exhibition.

Click the link to read it! We'll be posting them every Monday, so keep an eye out for future installments. 👀

We Love Brent Libraries #WembleyPark #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Happy #BiscuitDay! #Didyouknow that McVitie's Harlesden factory was the birthplace of the chocolate digestive? It opened...
29/05/2020

Happy #BiscuitDay! #Didyouknow that McVitie's Harlesden factory was the birthplace of the chocolate digestive? It opened in 1902 and became Europe’s largest biscuit factory by volume. If you go to the factory, you’ll be able to smell the biscuits from outside!

This McVitie's tin (and a Jaffa Cake packet!) was included in our exhibition #AllRoadsLeadtoBrent earlier this year, which was curated by a group of local young people.

#McVities #Brent #Harlesden #BrentTogether

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The Library At Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF
London
NW10 2SF

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Willlesden Green Library is OPEN as is the Heritage Gallery. It's a uncertain time for all us, but community is everything. The BROADWAY Conversation Cafe will still be running on March 17th and March 19th this week. Please do come along and share your thoughts and stories of the area. Tea, cofee, biscuits, clean surfaces and hand sanitzer. Our only stipulation is, please do not come if you are feeling unwell. Here are the details - we would love to see you. Thursday 19th March To book a place on our free workshop on March 19th, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/91456241079 Tuesday 17th March To book a place on our free workshop on March 17th click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/91454018431
The BROADWAY Exhibition is open until April 4th. A photographic and immersive celebration of the often unseen community in Cricklewood and Willesden. We are also holding twoFREE Workshops on March 17 and March 19 where we would love to hear YOUR stories, past and present about living here.To book a place on our free workshop on March 17th click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/91454018431 To book a place on our free workshop on March 19th, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/91456241079
Hello Brent! Do you have any old home movies? If so, bring them along to the free London's Home Movie Day at the Cinema Museum. Saturday 19th October, 11-4, family friendly and tea and cake available!🎬
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