Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Museum
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Trad Jazz, Skiffle, Blues, British Beat, Prog Rock, Heavy Rock, Psychedelia and even a touch of Glam. Jazz Ravers, Rockers, Mods, Hippies and Beatniks... The fantastic musical history made on Eel Pie Island encompasses it all, plus it has a fascinating riparian heritage, all of which is set to be celebrated in our forthcoming museum. Building on two books and a successful exhibition in 2013, project organiser Michele Whitby says 'It has been a long term ambition of mine to establish a museum dedicated to the fantastic, inspiring history of Eel Pie Island. The appeal of music heritage is only increasing and we need to show the world what we have to offer here in Twickenham.' In 2015 we ran a pop-up museum in Twickenham Library from June until the end of October which saw over 1200 visitors. We have moved into new premises and are hoping to be open early 2017. In the meantime, we would appreciate you spreading the word for us; Invite your friends to hit the 'like' button, let us know if you'd like to get more involved, tell us if you or your business would like to be a sponsor, or perhaps you have items that could be loaned for display? This is being set up for the world-wide Eel Pie community and we'd love you to feel part of it!

Operating as usual

We love these! Eel Pie Museum Temporary Tattoos, designed by the brilliant Simon & Sheba Cassini ⭐️🧡⭐️ Only £3 per sheet...
09/09/2020

We love these! Eel Pie Museum Temporary Tattoos, designed by the brilliant Simon & Sheba Cassini ⭐️🧡⭐️ Only £3 per sheet 👍

06/09/2020
British Vogue

British Vogue

76-year-old Mick Jagger still moves like...

© Instagram @MickJagger

Our boatyards are under threat. The proposed Twickenham riverside development is not taking into account the needs of is...
26/08/2020

Our boatyards are under threat. The proposed Twickenham riverside development is not taking into account the needs of island businesses, particularly the boatyards.

PLEASE SHARE: We need to bring attention to the fact that our historic Thames boatyards are being threatened by this redevelopment project!

Historic boatyards, some of the last serving the working Thames, are being threatened by a proposed redevelopment of Twickenham Riverside by Richmond Council.

Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, most recently known as the Rock 'n' Roll island on which legendary bands from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to The Who, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath cut their teeth, has a much longer history tied to the working Thames and waterways. Now its two boatyards, which house four separate businesses, Eel Pie Island Slipways, Eel Pie Boatyard, Phoenix Wharf Slipway and Cruisemaster Marine, are being threatened with bankruptcy should LibDem-run Richmond Council go ahead with a plan to pedestrianise Twickenham Embankment and remove access for deliveries and servicing.

"I challenge you to show us a boatyard anywhere in the developed world without a car park. We have tried to inform the Council that if they take away parking, they are effectively closing Eel Pie Boatyard and Eel Pie Slipways as boatyards, but they just aren't listening. Noone wants this project to go ahead", says Mark Montgomery-Smith, owner of Eel Pie Boatyard.

The island has a long and significant history of boat entrepreneur- and craftsmanship. At the turn of the century, boats from the island boat yards were used to compare and test the relative efficiency and cost of electric and petrol power, at a time when cars were just beginning to challenge horses for transportation. In 1933, Joseph Mears, co-founder of Chelsea football club, ran a fleet of 30 vessels, the largest passenger boat service in the whole of London, all managed from Eel Pie Island. The slipways were strengthened during World War II for the wartime production of gunboats and naval patrol craft. W.E.R. Sims (Boats) designed and built umpire launches for Henley Regatta, whilst George Sims (Racing Boats) Ltd provided eights for both crews in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. The list goes on.

Escalating land prices have put boatyards under increased pressure from developers looking to create housing or offices with river views, and Richmond Council seems adamant to continue in this vein, putting dozens of jobs, and hundreds of years of boating history at risk. Dave Johnston, veteran wooden boat builder on the island, had been planning to open a boatbuilding school to supply the specialist skills required to maintain the industry. "These plans, and the Council's unwavering intransigence to pedestrianise a working riverside in order to up the prices of new-build properties, would be catastrophic for the future of boatbuilding and boat repairs on the island and the Thames itself. We would not only be losing another craft, but also sealing the fate of boatyards in Twickenham".

"Use the car park while you can, because it won't be around long", says Cllr Gareth Roberts of Richmond Council. A surprising statement indeed at a time when small businesses are struggling enough as it is.

Lovely to have the utterly charming Simon Calder in today - he’s writing ‘Seven Islands in seven days’ for the Independe...
15/08/2020

Lovely to have the utterly charming Simon Calder in today - he’s writing ‘Seven Islands in seven days’ for the Independent 😊

Our fantastic new 'Eel Pie Island' tea towels are now in stock! If you would like to order one please email us at eelpie...
13/08/2020

Our fantastic new 'Eel Pie Island' tea towels are now in stock! If you would like to order one please email us at [email protected] and we will send a payment link to you.
They are £10 each, plus £1.50 p+p to a UK address. If you are local we can arrange a pick up point.
For overseas deliveries please let us know where you are and we'll work out delivery the cost.
We will be donating £1 from the sale of the first 200 to The Samaritans in memory of our good friend 'High-Vis Barry' who was a part of the Island community for many years.

RIP Barry 🧡

Still got it Mick 👍
26/07/2020

Still got it Mick 👍

Wishing Mick Jagger a very happy birthday! 💗🎂🎁🎉😎

Do you think we might make Wembley? 😂
21/07/2020

Do you think we might make Wembley? 😂

Long before the Manchester one, you had Eel Pie Island’s very own Hacienda!
20/07/2020

Long before the Manchester one, you had Eel Pie Island’s very own Hacienda!

11/07/2020
High Tide 2019

It was great to be part of this last year. Should’ve been happening again today...roll on High Tide 2021⭐️

High Tide Festival - Church Street, Twickenham. 50 bands/artists performing original music and spoken word across 5 stages. Video created by Jodie Davey. htt...

Great to see the record fair will be back 👍 come and get your vinyl fix folks 😊
09/07/2020

Great to see the record fair will be back 👍 come and get your vinyl fix folks 😊

Twickenham Record Fair - https://mailchi.mp/eelpierecords.com/twickenham-record-fair-4659601
The Twickenham Record Fair is back. Saturday 11 July.

We have instituted a number of precautions to keep us all safe. Please read the poster that we'll have up outside the hall before you enter. We need you to wear a mask and gloves so please bring if possible, otherwise we can supply.

20+ tables of collectable and new vinyl crossing a wide range of genres will be available through traders from across London and the south east.
https://bit.ly/TwickRecordFair

Go Rat! 👏 Although not traditionally associated with the old school Eel Pie Island, Rat and The Damned have a later conn...
08/07/2020
Still Rat Scabies After All These Years: Punk legend talks COVID-19, Dad, His New Album and Joey Ramone.

Go Rat! 👏 Although not traditionally associated with the old school Eel Pie Island, Rat and The Damned have a later connection via Jake Riviera and Stiff Records.
Last year Rat made one of his fab cigar-box gee-tars for the museum - some lucky visitors even get to play it 🤩

If I told you that Chris Millar has occupied a drum seat behind one of punk rock’s originating groups, many basic rock fans and current “alt or punk” millennials would have no clue who I am talking about. : And, yet, Rat Scabies, as he has been known for the past 43 years, was one of the U.K. ...

Happy Birthday Top! :)
03/07/2020

Happy Birthday Top! :)

Happy Birthday to the original lead guitarist of The Yardbirds. Top Topham.

Angie Wood’s beautiful paintings are now available as cards 🧡
03/07/2020

Angie Wood’s beautiful paintings are now available as cards 🧡

A lot of my recent paintings are now on greetings cards and they look great even though I say it myself! Also I now have packs of five for sale with the ‘garden birds’ designs and a variety of my flower paintings. If you’d like to buy some for yourself please click the link below. https://lovefromtheartist.com/Artists/kidlington/angie-wood

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22/06/2020

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Some good news! The pub & garden will be opening from 20th July!! We can't wait to welcome you all back - it's been a long road. See you then and spread the word! 🍻

**We haven't got a date on when the venue will be reopening just yet - watch this space!

Coming soon! Our latest Eel Pie Island tea towel, with artwork by the amazing Sheba Cassini 😃⭐️🧡
15/06/2020

Coming soon! Our latest Eel Pie Island tea towel, with artwork by the amazing Sheba Cassini 😃⭐️🧡

The new Eel Pie Island Tea Towel! Coming soon and exclusively sold by #eelpieislandmuseum www.eelpieiandmuseum.co.uk #teatowelartwork #teatowel #teatowelsrule #digitalart

Ronnie Lane
14/06/2020

Ronnie Lane

In the spring of 1969, in the short time between Small Faces and Faces, Ronnie Lane gathered together with Art Wood, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart,
Kim Gardner, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan to form Quiet Melon.

Listen to Quiet Melon's "Diamond Joe", "Engine 4444"
and read more about what Art Wood had to say at
https://www.ronnielane.com/art-woods-quiet-melon.html

"I had some studio time so we rounded up Rod Stewart, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Kim Gardner and recorded the songs "Engine 4444" and "Diamond Joe". We played a few Quiet Melon gigs afterwards. But then Rod and Ronnie blew me off, the little bastards, and went on to become hugely famous as the Faces. Oh well." ~Art Wood

Cyril Davies
13/06/2020

Cyril Davies

Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll (and Rick Brown) of Steampacket

Happy Birthday Charlie 🥳
02/06/2020

Happy Birthday Charlie 🥳

Happy birthday Ronnie 🥳
01/06/2020

Happy birthday Ronnie 🥳

Happy Birthday Ronnie! 🎉🎉

👍⭐️😊
28/05/2020
Saturday Night Legends - John Fiddler of Medicine Head

👍⭐️😊

John Fiddler the founder and lead of the blues rock band Medicine Head will be performing for this week's Saturday Night Legends slot. John is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist and drummer so another night of amazing musicianship is on the cards!

01/05/2020
Ronnie Wood

❤️ Ronnie

Celebrating 45 years to the day since my first public appearance with The Rolling Stones 👍🎸

Wow! What a gorgeous rainbow at the end of Eel Pie Island today 🌈💖😃
30/04/2020

Wow! What a gorgeous rainbow at the end of Eel Pie Island today 🌈💖😃

23/04/2020

Please support if you can. These guys are an independent museum, like us, and really helped us get off the ground with their inspiration, advice and passion ⭐️💖⭐️

23/04/2020
Kenny Dwan Tells His Emotional Story of Recovering from Coronavirus | Good Morning Britain

For anyone who missed Ken on telly yesterday https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=obfFF3yfxIo
And when we’re open again you can come and read all about Ken and his amazing achievements such as Doggetts Coat & Badge winner, Queens Bargemaster as well as Olympic rower! 😊⭐️😊

Subscribe now for more! http://bit.ly/1NbomQa Two-time Olympic rower Kenny Dwan was rushed to hospital after collapsing at home with Coronavirus. The 71-year...

Great to see Ken Dwan from Eel Pie Slipways on Good Morning Britain just now. Ken has just been discharged from hospital...
22/04/2020

Great to see Ken Dwan from Eel Pie Slipways on Good Morning Britain just now. Ken has just been discharged from hospital after pulling through his awful ordeal with Covid 19.
We are so happy that he is ok and look forward to seeing him back on the island. 😊💖⭐️

Eel Pie Records are still delivering their musical goods 👍 please support them if you can and help this great local busi...
18/04/2020

Eel Pie Records are still delivering their musical goods 👍 please support them if you can and help this great local business survive the lockdown ⭐️💖⭐️

Eels On Wheels! Phil, Beth and Kevin (and Leila) out delivering.
Face coverings, hand sanitiser, and lovely LPs on board

16/04/2020

Our weekly salute to the NHS is gathering pace - tonight we had trumpet, guitars, keyboards and me trying to play the xylophone on a very low table 😂 carrying on that great tradition of music on the island in our own way 🤣

13/04/2020
Rod Stewart

Brilliant! :) thanks Rod and family for this

In case you missed it, here’s my #TogetherAtHome performance with Ruby Stewart and special guests Penny, Alastair, Aiden, and Ziggy, on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen!

Take action at the link below so TOGETHER we can help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

-Rod ###

globalcitizen.org/coronavirus

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TW1 3AB

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Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

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Trad Jazz, Skiffle, Blues, British Beat, Prog Rock, Heavy Rock, Psychedelia and even a touch of Glam. Jazz Ravers, Rockers, Mods, Hippies and Beatniks... The fantastic musical history made on Eel Pie Island encompasses it all, plus it has a fascinating riparian heritage, all of which is celebrated in our museum. Building on two books and a successful exhibition in 2013, project organiser Michele Whitby says 'It has been a long term ambition of mine to establish a museum dedicated to the fantastic, inspiring history of Eel Pie Island. The appeal of music heritage is only increasing and we need to show the world what we have to offer here in Twickenham.' In 2015 we ran a pop-up museum in Twickenham Library from June until the end of October which saw over 1200 visitors. We have now opened a permanent Eel Pie Island Museum in central Twickenham and are welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Since our launch at the end of February 2018, we have over 900 annual members (costs just a fiver!) and had around the same amount of ‘single visits’, plus repeat group visits from Discover London and Age UK. We would appreciate you spreading the word for us; Invite your friends to hit the 'like' button, let us know if you'd like to get more involved, tell us if you or your business would like to be a sponsor, or perhaps you have items that could be loaned for display? This is set up for the world-wide Eel Pie community and we'd love you to feel part of it!

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Bernie and I finally getting our act together after our reunion at the Museum in November 2018!! We purchased some of your splendid merchandise and promised a photo when we returned home to Portugal. Here we are displaying our Goodies some what belatedly after another reunion at a lakeside in Portugal. Stay safe All..x
Be safe.
Keith Emerson, The Nice. Eel Pie Island 31st January 1969.
Going through photos. This is Lee Jackson of The Nice at Eel Pie Island, 31st January 1969.
Next Friday BBC 4.
Shared from ``You can take the Girl etc`` Feltham.
https://www.facebook.com/events/621972008629610/ After the closure of the gigs at Eel Pie Island, 'live music' continued to thrive in the local colleges. Acts that played at St. Mary's Twickenham in the 70's included Genesis, Elton John, Status Quo & Deep Purple. Here's a 'one-off' chance for a bit of nostalgia for those gigs and it's free.....
Les Buchanan not sure if you have seen this.👍🙂 The museum might like to know about the Pancake!
Thank you to Pete, for a fun and informative tour of your gem of a museum. 👍🙂
My dad was soo chuffed to meet Celia again after his trip round the museum in January!
Flying the flag in Puerto Mogán, Gran Canaria :)
“ ‘Elp I! ‘elp I! "Elp I Island" - The Derivation Of The Name Eel Pie Island - The Sketch Wednesday 02 September 1908