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

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

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In honour of the #ENGITA final of #EURO2020 tomorrow, local historian Philip Grant has written an article on the history...
10/07/2021

In honour of the #ENGITA final of #EURO2020 tomorrow, local historian Philip Grant has written an article on the history of Wembley Stadium and Brent’s connections to the beautiful game. Give it a read here: https://bit.ly/3yHqJpR

Best of luck to the #ThreeLions! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Image: King George VI shaking hands with the Preston North End team at the 1937 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

#ItsComingHome #football #footballhistory #localhistory #wembley

In honour of the #ENGITA final of #EURO2020 tomorrow, local historian Philip Grant has written an article on the history of Wembley Stadium and Brent’s connections to the beautiful game. Give it a read here: https://bit.ly/3yHqJpR

Best of luck to the #ThreeLions! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Image: King George VI shaking hands with the Preston North End team at the 1937 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

#ItsComingHome #football #footballhistory #localhistory #wembley

Can you guess what this archival mystery is?Looks like the interior workings of a #CoinOperatedMachine what could it hav...
10/07/2021

Can you guess what this archival mystery is?

Looks like the interior workings of a #CoinOperatedMachine what could it have possibly been used for?

Give us your best guess.

#ArchivalMystery #CoinOperatedMachine #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

Can you guess what this archival mystery is?

Looks like the interior workings of a #CoinOperatedMachine what could it have possibly been used for?

Give us your best guess.

#ArchivalMystery #CoinOperatedMachine #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

Did you know that Willesden TUC played a strong role in supporting the Miners Strike in the 1980s? When the Kent Miners ...
08/07/2021

Did you know that Willesden TUC played a strong role in supporting the Miners Strike in the 1980s? When the Kent Miners marched to Nottinghamshire, they were invited to a slap up meal by our local school dinner ladies in Brent! As part of Being Brent, we are working with @usefulproductions to create an immersive theatre performance inspired by this unknown story, discovered in the Trades Union archives we hold. Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies: The Miners Strike In Brent will run in September and October 2021. Keep an eye out for more information! We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund Three Mothers

Did you know that Willesden TUC played a strong role in supporting the Miners Strike in the 1980s? When the Kent Miners marched to Nottinghamshire, they were invited to a slap up meal by our local school dinner ladies in Brent! As part of Being Brent, we are working with @usefulproductions to create an immersive theatre performance inspired by this unknown story, discovered in the Trades Union archives we hold. Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies: The Miners Strike In Brent will run in September and October 2021. Keep an eye out for more information! We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund Three Mothers

Today is American Independence Day! 🇺🇸🦅Did you know American author Mark Twain visited Brent? In the summer of 1900, he ...
04/07/2021

Today is American Independence Day! 🇺🇸🦅

Did you know American author Mark Twain visited Brent? In the summer of 1900, he stayed at Dollis Hill House in Gladstone Park. He enjoyed the rural nature of the area which was “as still and reposeful as is the bottom of the sea." He also praised the house for coming "nearer to being a paradise than any other home I ever occupied".

On his trip, Twain also opened the reading room of Kensal Rise Library. The building work was funded by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American steel billionaire and philanthropist. Today, you can see a plaque in the Library honouring them both.

Today is American Independence Day! 🇺🇸🦅

Did you know American author Mark Twain visited Brent? In the summer of 1900, he stayed at Dollis Hill House in Gladstone Park. He enjoyed the rural nature of the area which was “as still and reposeful as is the bottom of the sea." He also praised the house for coming "nearer to being a paradise than any other home I ever occupied".

On his trip, Twain also opened the reading room of Kensal Rise Library. The building work was funded by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American steel billionaire and philanthropist. Today, you can see a plaque in the Library honouring them both.

Being Brent is community led project, aiming to improve local people’s wellbeing by connecting to Brent’s astonishing he...
02/07/2021

Being Brent is community led project, aiming to improve local people’s wellbeing by connecting to Brent’s astonishing heritage. Being Brent presents a diverse programme of events and opportunities, throughout the year.

Look out for the new film, Being Green in July, Heritage Wellbeing Fund community projects kicking off in August, and the Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies immersive theatre in September 2021.

There are exhibitions to explore – Roots and Changes: Gujarati Influences, From the Ground Up (open now) and Icons of Colour: Portraits of Brent's Change Makers (opening in December) on the second floor of The Library at Willesden Green. Harlesden Trailblazers will create a digital walking tour, celebrating local people and places.

https://www.brent.gov.uk/beingbrent

We Love Brent Libraries Brent Council National Lottery Heritage Fund

Being Brent is community led project, aiming to improve local people’s wellbeing by connecting to Brent’s astonishing heritage. Being Brent presents a diverse programme of events and opportunities, throughout the year.

Look out for the new film, Being Green in July, Heritage Wellbeing Fund community projects kicking off in August, and the Coal, Dole and Dinner Ladies immersive theatre in September 2021.

There are exhibitions to explore – Roots and Changes: Gujarati Influences, From the Ground Up (open now) and Icons of Colour: Portraits of Brent's Change Makers (opening in December) on the second floor of The Library at Willesden Green. Harlesden Trailblazers will create a digital walking tour, celebrating local people and places.

https://www.brent.gov.uk/beingbrent

We Love Brent Libraries Brent Council National Lottery Heritage Fund

Last week to apply for the Heritage Wellbeing Fund! Open to Brent-based community groups, charities, non-profits and ind...
24/06/2021

Last week to apply for the Heritage Wellbeing Fund! Open to Brent-based community groups, charities, non-profits and individuals, the Heritage Wellbeing Fund is looking for applications of up to £5,000 for projects designed to improve local people's wellbeing through an engagement with heritage. Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 June.

All projects must be completed by 31 March 2022. Download the form and guidance here: https://bit.ly/3ikprfp

Email [email protected] to discuss your project idea before applying.

We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund

Last week to apply for the Heritage Wellbeing Fund! Open to Brent-based community groups, charities, non-profits and individuals, the Heritage Wellbeing Fund is looking for applications of up to £5,000 for projects designed to improve local people's wellbeing through an engagement with heritage. Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 June.

All projects must be completed by 31 March 2022. Download the form and guidance here: https://bit.ly/3ikprfp

Email [email protected] to discuss your project idea before applying.

We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund

22/06/2021
Windrush Day poems

Today is #WindrushDay! 🌴🥥

To celebrate, we are sharing two poems by @Malikabooker inspired by Brent's Caribbean community: 'Trials and Tribulations' and 'Each Rose Shall Find Its Bloom'.

Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Brent Museum and Archives commissioned Booker as a poet for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 2018. These poems are the result of interviews with members of the Caribbean community in Brent and reflect some of their experiences.

#Windrush #Caribbean #Immigration #Poetry

As part of Being Brent, we are making spotlight films on different themes, to shine a light on some of the amazing thing...
19/06/2021

As part of Being Brent, we are making spotlight films on different themes, to shine a light on some of the amazing things happening in Brent and how they link to Brent's past.

The first film, Being Green, looks at how local people connect with the environment and green spaces around them. The film will include interviews with local community groups, including exercise and conservation groups. The film will be released in July, so stay tuned!

We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund Brent Council #beingbrentheritage

As part of Being Brent, we are making spotlight films on different themes, to shine a light on some of the amazing things happening in Brent and how they link to Brent's past.

The first film, Being Green, looks at how local people connect with the environment and green spaces around them. The film will include interviews with local community groups, including exercise and conservation groups. The film will be released in July, so stay tuned!

We Love Brent Libraries National Lottery Heritage Fund Brent Council #beingbrentheritage

Tonight is the highly anticipated England football team v Scotland National Team  #Euro2020 match! ⚽In honour of the gam...
18/06/2021

Tonight is the highly anticipated England football team v Scotland National Team #Euro2020 match! ⚽

In honour of the game this evening, we are sharing this photo of the #TartanArmy heading to Wembley 25 years ago for the #Euro96 match against England, the last time the two nations faced each other at a major tournament.

Best of luck to both teams, though at Brent Museum and Archives we are slightly biased – come on England!

Photo credit: Philip Grant

#ENGSCO #football #footballhistory #SportHistory #photooftheday

Tonight is the highly anticipated England football team v Scotland National Team #Euro2020 match! ⚽

In honour of the game this evening, we are sharing this photo of the #TartanArmy heading to Wembley 25 years ago for the #Euro96 match against England, the last time the two nations faced each other at a major tournament.

Best of luck to both teams, though at Brent Museum and Archives we are slightly biased – come on England!

Photo credit: Philip Grant

#ENGSCO #football #footballhistory #SportHistory #photooftheday

So lovely to be visiting Preston Manor Lower School and engaging children with Windrush Generation artefacts and activit...
17/06/2021

So lovely to be visiting Preston Manor Lower School and engaging children with Windrush Generation artefacts and activities in the lead up to #windrushday.

We had some wonderful feedback: “I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic workshop today - the children loved it! I also wanted to say thank you for all the fantastic resources on Best Brent - I've used them so much for planning and have also shared them with other teachers. The amount of primary resources is fantastic and makes the lessons engaging.”

KS1 and KS2 Windrush Generation Learning Resource: https://bit.ly/3zCv2US

So lovely to be visiting Preston Manor Lower School and engaging children with Windrush Generation artefacts and activities in the lead up to #windrushday.

We had some wonderful feedback: “I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic workshop today - the children loved it! I also wanted to say thank you for all the fantastic resources on Best Brent - I've used them so much for planning and have also shared them with other teachers. The amount of primary resources is fantastic and makes the lessons engaging.”

KS1 and KS2 Windrush Generation Learning Resource: https://bit.ly/3zCv2US

Did you know that Willesden saw the arrival of over 100 Belgian refugees by the end of 1914?A Willesden Refugees Committ...
15/06/2021

Did you know that Willesden saw the arrival of over 100 Belgian refugees by the end of 1914?

A Willesden Refugees Committee was formed and numerous evening events like whist drives and musical concerts were held in Council schools to raise funds for them.

By December 1914 about a dozen refugee hostels had been opened in large private houses, which were excused paying Council rates.

📸: 'Great Britain Welcomes the Belgian Refugees' by André Cluysenaar

#BrentTogether #RefugeeWeek #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

Did you know that Willesden saw the arrival of over 100 Belgian refugees by the end of 1914?

A Willesden Refugees Committee was formed and numerous evening events like whist drives and musical concerts were held in Council schools to raise funds for them.

By December 1914 about a dozen refugee hostels had been opened in large private houses, which were excused paying Council rates.

📸: 'Great Britain Welcomes the Belgian Refugees' by André Cluysenaar

#BrentTogether #RefugeeWeek #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

Today is the first day of #Euro2020! ⚽️This year, England is one of 11 host countries, with the semi-finals and final du...
11/06/2021

Today is the first day of #Euro2020! ⚽️

This year, England is one of 11 host countries, with the semi-finals and final due to be played at Wembley. England last hosted the Euros in 1996 where the Three Lions reached the semi-finals but were knocked out by Germany on penalties.

The slogan for Euro 96, “Football Comes Home”, featured heavily in the chorus of the tournament’s anthem “Three Lions” by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds. The slogan can also be seen on these two postcards created by the FA and held in Brent Archives. They depict English footballing legends Stanley Matthews, Dixie Dean, Bobby Moore and Gary Lineker.

Here at Brent Museum and Archives, we wish England the best of luck and hope that Euro 2020 will mark the end of 55 years of hurt. Come on England! #itscominghome

10/06/2021
Entropy of Empathy (A poem by a volunteer)

It is #volunteersweek and today is also #empathyday and we have one of our volunteers John write a poem for this years empathy day to share this afternoon.

We are proud to be a part of the Brent community helping #BrentTogether.

Please share this so others know they are not alone. Leave a comment below other ways you show empathy for others.

#empathy #empathyday2021

Are you a Brent-based community group, charity, non-profit or individual with a great idea for a community project? We w...
10/06/2021

Are you a Brent-based community group, charity, non-profit or individual with a great idea for a community project? We want to hear from you!

The Heritage Wellbeing Fund is open for applications of up to £5,000 for projects designed to improve local people's wellbeing through an engagement with heritage.

Applications open on Thursday 10 June and close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 June. All projects must be completed by 31 March 2022.

Download the form and guidance here: https://bit.ly/3ikprfp

Email [email protected] to discuss your project idea before applying.

We Love Brent Libraries Brent Council

Are you a Brent-based community group, charity, non-profit or individual with a great idea for a community project? We want to hear from you!

The Heritage Wellbeing Fund is open for applications of up to £5,000 for projects designed to improve local people's wellbeing through an engagement with heritage.

Applications open on Thursday 10 June and close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 June. All projects must be completed by 31 March 2022.

Download the form and guidance here: https://bit.ly/3ikprfp

Email [email protected] to discuss your project idea before applying.

We Love Brent Libraries Brent Council

Grocery shopping is more peculiar than ever. Most items like masks, hand sanitiser and even toilet paper are more preval...
10/06/2021

Grocery shopping is more peculiar than ever. Most items like masks, hand sanitiser and even toilet paper are more prevalent on our shopping lists.

What are your shopping essentials?

#ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #OldPhotographs #DailyLife

Grocery shopping is more peculiar than ever. Most items like masks, hand sanitiser and even toilet paper are more prevalent on our shopping lists.

What are your shopping essentials?

#ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #OldPhotographs #DailyLife

🚨 EVENT REMINDER! 🚨Born and bred in Brent? Join Brent Libraries and the Museum of Youth Culture next Tuesday 15th June, ...
08/06/2021
Coffee Morning: Teenage Memories - Grown Up In Brent

🚨 EVENT REMINDER! 🚨

Born and bred in Brent?

Join Brent Libraries and the Museum of Youth Culture next Tuesday 15th June, 11AM-12PM to discuss your memories of growing up in the area, from first jobs to first loves, favourite hangouts to best school stories.

The event will take place online via Zoom. To book a free space, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coffee-morning-teenage-memories-grown-up-in-brent-tickets-152077017453

What is your strongest memory of being a teenager? Join us to explore the 'Grown Up in Brent' Project.

Its #volunteersweek and we are delighted to have our volunteers back on site this very week! Thank you to all our volunt...
04/06/2021

Its #volunteersweek and we are delighted to have our volunteers back on site this very week! Thank you to all our volunteers who help us with a wide range of tasks from listing materials, to helping us on social media, local knowledge and much much more! Here is our volunteer Ziggy helping to list a slide collection! #volunteers #volunteersweek #archives

Its #volunteersweek and we are delighted to have our volunteers back on site this very week! Thank you to all our volunteers who help us with a wide range of tasks from listing materials, to helping us on social media, local knowledge and much much more! Here is our volunteer Ziggy helping to list a slide collection! #volunteers #volunteersweek #archives

Coronation street party, Portnall Road, Queens Park - 1953This street party was held to celebrate the coronation of Quee...
02/06/2021

Coronation street party, Portnall Road, Queens Park - 1953

This street party was held to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953.

#LocalHistory #Coronation1953 #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

Coronation street party, Portnall Road, Queens Park - 1953

This street party was held to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953.

#LocalHistory #Coronation1953 #ArchiveExplored #ExploreYourArchive #ArchivesOfInstagram #BlackAndWhitePhotographs #OldPhotographs

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The Library At Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF
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Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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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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