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

Operating as usual

Today we're sharing this image of a thatcher working on the roof of a Trobridge House.  A number of the houses designed ...
22/11/2020

Today we're sharing this image of a thatcher working on the roof of a Trobridge House. A number of the houses designed by Ernest George Trobridge can still be seen on Buck Lane, Kingsbury. #ExploreYourArchive #Home

Welcome to Explore Your Archive Week! We'll be sharing some images relating to some of the themes, and today's is Commun...
21/11/2020

Welcome to Explore Your Archive Week! We'll be sharing some images relating to some of the themes, and today's is Communication. This is an image of the Post Office Research Station located in Dollis Hill from the c.1920's -1970's. The station was dedicated mainly to research in telecommunications. In this picture, a woman is demonstrating a telephone exchange, c.1930s. #ExploreYourArchive #communication

We recently received an exciting new donation of 10 posters created by Brent-based artist Yasmin Nicholas. She made the ...
20/11/2020

We recently received an exciting new donation of 10 posters created by Brent-based artist Yasmin Nicholas. She made the posters as part of the first #BrentBiennial this autumn for Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, and they went on display around Brent in September.

Mixing poetry, photos and images from Brent Archives, the images bridge the gap between past and future. To view the whole collection, search ‘Yasmin Nicholas’ on our online catalogue here: https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk

We want to say a big THANK YOU to National Lottery Heritage Fund, #NationalLottery players and Arts Council England for ...
19/11/2020

We want to say a big THANK YOU to National Lottery Heritage Fund, #NationalLottery players and Arts Council England for their support in lots of great projects in Brent such as the current exhibition, Culture Moves with Jaykoe, and 2019’s Journey to Justice with Journey to Justice. #ThanksToYou

This week, our local history article tells the story of an extraordinary man, William Henry Perkins, who discovered the ...
16/11/2020
*NEW* William Perkin's Story - a Sudbury local hero (Paul Lorber).pdf

This week, our local history article tells the story of an extraordinary man, William Henry Perkins, who discovered the first synthetic dye, which helped transform chemistry - and fashion!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Omh2np5k_Ov6ougDRsLAlGSIAf1SRhS/view?usp=sharing

Click the link below to read it! To read other recent local history articles, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1py3t8KahNCmlKQlPIc3mbfHunx1I4iYT?usp=sharing

We Love Brent Libraries #Sudbury #Wembley #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

This Sunday 15 November, tune in from 12PM (GMT)/7AM (EST) for  the No Bass Like Home Online Festival - a seven-hour onl...
12/11/2020
BRENT 2020 PRESENTS NO BASS LIKE HOME ONLINE FESTIVAL: SUN 15 NOVEMBER - YouTube

This Sunday 15 November, tune in from 12PM (GMT)/7AM (EST) for the No Bass Like Home Online Festival - a seven-hour online celebration of reggae culture curated by Seani B, presented by Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.

Featuring local and international reggae artists including Julian Marley, The Cimarons, Marla Brown, General Levy, Christopher Ellis, Tony Matterhorn and many more: https://youtu.be/LVUHU91qilM

No Bass Like Home brings together 20 leading acts from London and Jamaica, performing exclusively live for Brent 2020 from the Brent Black Music Co-op (BBMC) Studios in Willesden, Jamaica and, Florida.

#Brent2020 #NoBassLikeHome

NO BASS LIKE HOME ONLINE FESTIVALA SEVEN-HOUR ONLINE CELEBRATION OF REGGAE CULTURE CURATED BY SEANI BBRENT – JAMAICA – FLORIDASUN 15 NOVEMBER, 12PM (GMT) / 7AM...

#behindthescenes of the #BrentBiennial exhibition with artist Pio Abad 👀
11/11/2020
BRENT BIENNIAL - REMEMBER THIS HOUSE - YouTube

#behindthescenes of the #BrentBiennial exhibition with artist Pio Abad 👀

BRENT BIENNIAL - REMEMBER THIS HOUSEThe first permanent public artwork by leading British-Filipino artist Pio Abad takes the form of two murals on Kilburn High ...

11/11/2020
Armistice Day

Watch our #ArmisticeDay video by our volunteer John. Includes photos of veterans observing Armistice Day in Brent. #BrentTogether #11thNovember #WWI #WorldWar1 #WorldWarI #FlandersFields #Poppies #Poppy

We are still looking for donations that reflect your experience of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brent this year. Get in touc...
06/11/2020

We are still looking for donations that reflect your experience of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brent this year. Get in touch with us via DM or email if you have anything you want to donate: [email protected].

This photo was created through Zoom by artists Warren Reilly and Zuzu Valla in spring 2020. It reflects the contrast between the isolation of the lockdown and the supposed connectedness offered by technology. See the whole series on our online catalogue: https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/Details/collectImage/20010898

Warren Reilly is the artistic director of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture project Fashioning our History, which is currently looking for participants! For more information, visit: https://brentfashioningourhistory.com

#collectingbrent #collectingcovid #getinvolved #brenttogether We Love Brent Libraries

[Image description: Colour photograph of artist Warren Reilly, wearing a mask covered in gold studs over his mouth and nose, and a silver-studded mask on his head, half covered by his hands. The photo has a kaleidoscope effect.]

Due to new national restrictions Brent Museum and Archives, the Exhibition Space and the Willesden Gallery at The Librar...
04/11/2020

Due to new national restrictions Brent Museum and Archives, the Exhibition Space and the Willesden Gallery at The Library at Willesden Green will be closed from 2.30pm on Wednesday 4 November until Thursday 3 December.

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. This article includes a look ...
02/11/2020
*NEW* Uncovering Kilburn's History - Part 6 (Irina Porter).pdf

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History.

This article includes a look at the Gaumont State Cinema! Are you a fan of the Beatles or the Stones? Did you know they performed there in the 1960s? Click the link below to read it!

To read other recent local history articles, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1py3t8KahNCmlKQlPIc3mbfHunx1I4iYT?usp=sharing

We Love Brent Libraries #Kilburn #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Free event from Willesden Jewish Cemetery!
27/10/2020

Free event from Willesden Jewish Cemetery!

Join this free online event on Wednesday 4 November, 11am-12pm to discover the history of Willesden Jewish Cemetery and lives of the some of the fascinating and famous people buried there. Presented by @willesdencem. Book now: https://bit.ly/3mpxLt4 Brent Museum and Archives Willesden Jewish Cemetery

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. This article discusses school...
26/10/2020
*NEW* Uncovering Kilburn's History - Part 5 (Irina Porter).pdf

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. This article discusses schools, places of worship and more in the early 20th century, including Brondesbury Synagogue.

Click the link below to read it!

To read other recent local history articles, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1py3t8KahNCmlKQlPIc3mbfHunx1I4iYT?usp=sharing

We Love Brent Libraries #Kilburn #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Remember that the clocks go back tomorrow! Did you know that Guinness has it's own time? 17:59 is Guinness Time! In refe...
24/10/2020

Remember that the clocks go back tomorrow!

Did you know that Guinness has it's own time? 17:59 is Guinness Time! In reference to the year it was founded.

Guinness was once the largest employer in Brent, after opening a large brewery in Park Royal. This Guinness clock was made in the 1990s.

Explore this and other items on our catalogue: http://vslweb60.brent.gov.uk/Details/collect/4819

#ClocksGoBack We Love Brent Libraries

[Image description: Colour photo of a red, square clock with a pint glass full of Guinness printed in the centre. Numbers circle the glass. The minute hand points to 8 and the hour hand points to 9.]

We recently added some items relating to the footballer Cyrille Regis to our collection. Regis was born in French Guiana...
23/10/2020

We recently added some items relating to the footballer Cyrille Regis to our collection. Regis was born in French Guiana and grew up in Harlesden. In 1977, Regis joined West Brom, where he played in the First Division and scored 112 goals for the club. The picture shows him in his West Brom shirt.

He then moved to Coventry in 1984, where, three years later, he returned to Brent to win the FA Cup in the final at Wembley Stadium.

See the catalogue entry for the magazine here: https://bma-collections.brent.gov.uk/Details/collect/11702

Check out our new video celebrating black lives in Brent: https://youtu.be/qdVGQwupULg

We Love Brent Libraries Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture #BlackHistoryMonth #blackbrilliance #BLM

[Image description: Colour photo of the front cover of Football Weekly News from 1980. Shows Cyrille Regis wearing his green and yellow striped, West Brom football shirt.]

Have you had a chance to see any of the #BrentBiennial artworks yet?
22/10/2020

Have you had a chance to see any of the #BrentBiennial artworks yet?

💥 Brent Biennial💥

Over 20 new artworks inspired by the cultures, places and people of Brent, in public space across the borough – all of them can be seen for FREE.

Explore now 👉 www.brent2020.co.uk/whats-happening/programmes/brent-biennial

19 Sept - 13 Dec 2020
#BrentBiennial #Brent2020
📷 Thierry Bal

Calling all Brent artists!!!!
22/10/2020

Calling all Brent artists!!!!

📢 NEW STUDIO RESIDENCIES for visual artists.
#MetrolandCultures is excited to offer a new residency scheme for visual artists, including free studio space, at Metroland Studio in Kilburn.

The residencies form part of Brent Council and Metroland Cultures' commitment to support and develop provision for visual artists in Brent and will consist of a free studio space and the opportunity to take part in an open studio event in July 2021. These residencies fulfill one of the key commitments of the legacy of Brent 2020 - to make new places for artists and art in Brent.

Find out more and apply today: www.brent2020.co.uk/metroland-cultures/metroland-studio-residencies-for-artists

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. This article discusses the ra...
19/10/2020
*NEW* Uncovering Kilburn's History - Part 4 (Irina Porter).pdf

Read the latest part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. This article discusses the railways, industry, businesses and culture in Kilburn in the 19th and 20th centuries, including local artist Louis Wain.

Click the link below to read it!

To read other recent local history articles, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1py3t8KahNCmlKQlPIc3mbfHunx1I4iYT?usp=sharing

We Love Brent Libraries #Kilburn #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture
19/10/2020

Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture

💥 Brent Biennial: Pio Abad 💥

Remember This House are two large-scale murals, inspired by vanitas still life paintings, depicting personal and significant objects collected from residents that live in the area.

Among the objects depicted in the murals are a set of wedding jewellery used by three generations of Patel women, a traditional Somalian bag donated by Rhoda Ibrahim to Brent Museum and Archives, a clock purchased by Warren Reilly's grandmother from a charity shop on the high street, a leather suitcase used by Shashikant Patel when he fled Uganda for Brent in 1971 and an ashtray from the Empire Windrush.

Discover the murals on Burton Road and Kilburn High Road, part of #brentbiennial and co-commissioned by Create.

👉 brent2020.co.uk/whats-happening/programmes/brent-biennial/brent-biennial-pio-abad-kilburn

📸 Andy Keate

JOIN OUR TEAM!! Deadline is Friday!
13/10/2020
Brent Museum and Archives

JOIN OUR TEAM!! Deadline is Friday!

Are you passionate about museums and archives? Want to gain experience working in an Archive Search Room? Then we would like to hear from you.

Brent Museum and Archives are looking for a new, part-time Heritage Assistant.

You will assist the Heritage Collections Manager and Heritage Officers to deliver an ambitious programme that covers outreach and exhibition programme along with the smooth running of the borough’s museum and archive service, while feeding into and complimenting the diverse cultural offer at the Library at Willesden Green.

Closing Date: 18 October 2020 (23:00)
Salary range: £23,406 - £24,639 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
Contract: Permanent
Hours of work: 21.6 hours per week
Location: Brent Museum and Archives, The Library at Willesden Green

For more information and to apply: https://lbbrent.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/heritage-assistant-1585

CVs are not accepted as part of an application, follow the link to apply online.

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Are you passionate about museums and archives? Want to gain experience working in an Archive Search Room? Then we would ...
10/10/2020
Heritage Assistant in London, Willesden, The Library at Willesden Green

Are you passionate about museums and archives? Want to gain experience working in an Archive Search Room? Then we would like to hear from you.

Brent Museum and Archives are looking for a new, part-time Heritage Assistant.

You will assist the Heritage Collections Manager and Heritage Officers to deliver an ambitious programme that covers outreach and exhibition programme along with the smooth running of the borough’s museum and archive service, while feeding into and complimenting the diverse cultural offer at the Library at Willesden Green.

Closing Date: 18 October 2020 (23:00)
Salary range: £23,406 - £24,639 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
Contract: Permanent
Hours of work: 21.6 hours per week
Location: Brent Museum and Archives, The Library at Willesden Green

For more information and to apply: https://lbbrent.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/heritage-assistant-1585

CVs are not accepted as part of an application, follow the link to apply online.

We Love Brent Libraries

09/10/2020
Brent Museum and Archives

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, we have created a video celebrating Black lives and Black brilliance in Brent. We hope this conversation will continue long past October.

We have created online resources for teachers, parents and kids, access them here:

Celebrating Black Lives and Black Brilliance in Brent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lq7MJmnUK6UZoi5BpRZWwODGabjqdD9v/view?usp=sharing

Somali Culture and Community in Brent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lq7MJmnUK6UZoi5BpRZWwODGabjqdD9v/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy the moment that St. Michael's & All Angels Steel Orchestra won Best Band on the Road at Notting Hill Carnival in 2016: https://youtu.be/_NaqdhzFp7c

Video transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VqG_xgacOvN73i3a09zVHq5ffRiM1x8M/view?usp=sharing

For a version of this video with subtitles, please view the film on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/qdVGQwupULg

#BlackLivesMatter #BHM2020
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08/10/2020
Celebrating Black Lives and Black Brilliance in Brent

For #BlackHistoryMonth, we have created a video celebrating Black lives and Black brilliance in Brent. We hope this conversation will continue long past October.

We have created online resources for teachers, parents and kids, access them here:

Celebrating Black Lives and Black Brilliance in Brent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lq7MJmnUK6UZoi5BpRZWwODGabjqdD9v/view?usp=sharing

Somali Culture and Community in Brent: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lq7MJmnUK6UZoi5BpRZWwODGabjqdD9v/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy the moment that St. Michael's & All Angels Steel Orchestra won Best Band on the Road at Notting Hill Carnival in 2016: https://youtu.be/_NaqdhzFp7c

Video transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VqG_xgacOvN73i3a09zVHq5ffRiM1x8M/view?usp=sharing

For a version of this video with subtitles, please view the film on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/qdVGQwupULg

#BlackLivesMatter #BHM2020
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Read the second part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History. Part 2 looks at the history o...
05/10/2020
*NEW* Uncovering Kilburn's History - Part 2 (Irina Porter).pdf

Read the second part of Irina Porter's local history series, Uncovering Kilburn's History.

Part 2 looks at the history of pubs in Kilburn, and you'll be surprised at what went on in the grounds of the Kilburn Wells pub in the late 18th century!

Click the link below to read it!

To read other recent local history articles, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1py3t8KahNCmlKQlPIc3mbfHunx1I4iYT?usp=sharing

We Love Brent Libraries
#Kilburn #BrentTogether #LondonTogether

#CultureMove2020 exhibition is open now at the Library at Willesden Green.Mon-Fri 10.30-2.30, Sat-Sun 12-4.
05/10/2020

#CultureMove2020 exhibition is open now at the Library at Willesden Green.

Mon-Fri 10.30-2.30, Sat-Sun 12-4.

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#CultureMove2020 is open to visitors from 01/10/2020-22/11/2020 at Brent Museum
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01/10/2020
Behind the Scenes with the Windrush 70 exhibition poet Malika Booker

Happy #NationalPoetryDay and the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth!

To celebrate, we thought we would share this video of poet Malika Booker, reading her poems inspired by members of Brent's Caribbean community.

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 seventieth anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush.

#Windrush #WindrushGeneration #BlackLivesMatter
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Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Two poems were specially c...

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Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
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Hello, I wondered if you can help me, I am tracing family history. My great grandma once worked in a public house in Wembley run by the Collins family. I believe she worked there 1930S-1950s. Its a long shot but is thRe any historical records of public houses in Wembley? thank you for your time.
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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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