Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Museum 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

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

Operating as usual

12/09/2021

Happy birthday to our amazing music historian Pete! We love you 🧑⭐️🍾 ###
And great to have Robin back after so many months πŸ‘

Today’s House Band - Ross and Brian β­οΈπŸ˜ƒβ­οΈ
02/09/2021

Today’s House Band - Ross and Brian β­οΈπŸ˜ƒβ­οΈ

Today’s House Band - Ross and Brian β­οΈπŸ˜ƒβ­οΈ

Lovely to meet Justin and his friends and hear about his Mum who grew up next door to Trevor Baylis in Southall πŸ˜ƒ
02/09/2021

Lovely to meet Justin and his friends and hear about his Mum who grew up next door to Trevor Baylis in Southall πŸ˜ƒ

RIP Charlie Watts from all at the Eel Pie Museum 🧑
26/08/2021

RIP Charlie Watts from all at the Eel Pie Museum 🧑

RIP Charlie Watts from all at the Eel Pie Museum 🧑

Our music historian, Pete Watt and Gina Way from the current day Eel Pie Club feature in this lovely tribute (partly fil...
25/08/2021
Charlie Watts: Remembering The Slow Hand Of Style

Our music historian, Pete Watt and Gina Way from the current day Eel Pie Club feature in this lovely tribute (partly filmed in the museum) to Charlie 🧑

The Rolling Stone drummer, who has died at 80, is remembered as a subtle talented musician whose true love wasn’t rock and roll but jazz.

So exciting to welcome our first post-covid coach party of visitors πŸ˜ƒ
20/08/2021

So exciting to welcome our first post-covid coach party of visitors πŸ˜ƒ

So exciting to welcome our first post-covid coach party of visitors πŸ˜ƒ

Another super busy day in the museum πŸ˜ƒ today’s house band hail from Woking and had heard about Eel Pie Island from none ...
19/08/2021

Another super busy day in the museum πŸ˜ƒ today’s house band hail from Woking and had heard about Eel Pie Island from none other than Spandau Ballet legend Martin Kemp on his radio show! Cheers Martin πŸ‘β­οΈπŸ˜ƒ

Another super busy day in the museum πŸ˜ƒ today’s house band hail from Woking and had heard about Eel Pie Island from none other than Spandau Ballet legend Martin Kemp on his radio show! Cheers Martin πŸ‘β­οΈπŸ˜ƒ

The fabulous Papa George, who played at our reopening πŸ˜ƒ we’ll have these cds for sale in the museum very soon. Support m...
18/08/2021
An Unforgettable Album: β€˜These Wheels’ by Papa George | Top Story - Music Crowns

The fabulous Papa George, who played at our reopening πŸ˜ƒ we’ll have these cds for sale in the museum very soon.
Support musicians, support live music. The world would be a sorry place without it 🧑

Among the many great blues artists, past and present, Papa George sits at the tip top of my ranking. As someone who has been making music for many years, he has had plenty of time to hone his craft and he absolutely has. His newest release titled β€˜These Wheels’ speaks volumes to his abilities as...

Wooo-oh-oh Geno β­οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ§‘
12/08/2021

Wooo-oh-oh Geno β­οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ§‘

Wooo-oh-oh Geno β­οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ§‘

The new house band! 3 of today’s lovely visitors πŸ˜ƒ
12/08/2021

The new house band! 3 of today’s lovely visitors πŸ˜ƒ

The new house band! 3 of today’s lovely visitors πŸ˜ƒ

Another lovely busy day in the museum, with visitors including Rosita who spotted her husband Peter in the Eel Pie Islan...
08/08/2021

Another lovely busy day in the museum, with visitors including Rosita who spotted her husband Peter in the Eel Pie Island book! πŸ˜ƒ

Another lovely busy day in the museum, with visitors including Rosita who spotted her husband Peter in the Eel Pie Island book! πŸ˜ƒ

A lovely little film made a couple of years ago by a local student, Amy Marshall πŸ˜ƒ
06/08/2021
A Fragment of Eel Pie

A lovely little film made a couple of years ago by a local student, Amy Marshall πŸ˜ƒ

A short film about the Eel Pie Island Museum, made by Amy Marshall for the TW1 Film Festival 2019, featuring interviews with curator Michele Whitby and Don ...

Busy day in the museum 😊 Roger, Fluff and John were treating visitors to first hand stories of misspent youth πŸ˜‚β­οΈπŸ‘
06/08/2021

Busy day in the museum 😊 Roger, Fluff and John were treating visitors to first hand stories of misspent youth πŸ˜‚β­οΈπŸ‘

Busy day in the museum 😊 Roger, Fluff and John were treating visitors to first hand stories of misspent youth πŸ˜‚β­οΈπŸ‘

Great to see Atomic Rooster at the Eel Pie Club last night ⭐️ live music feeds our souls 😊
06/08/2021

Great to see Atomic Rooster at the Eel Pie Club last night ⭐️ live music feeds our souls 😊

Great to see Atomic Rooster at the Eel Pie Club last night ⭐️ live music feeds our souls 😊

HB MJ! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚πŸΎ
26/07/2021

HB MJ! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚πŸΎ

Wishing the one and only Mick Jagger a very happy birthday today! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ€πŸŽ‰

We are delighted with our new display case, custom made for the bronze bust of Trevor Baylis. He’s now ready to welcome ...
16/07/2021

We are delighted with our new display case, custom made for the bronze bust of Trevor Baylis. He’s now ready to welcome our visitors πŸ˜ƒ
With huge thanks to Jill Hammerle, Trevor’s long-term PA, who donated the funds to pay for the case 🧑

Woohoo! Eel Pie Museum member #3000 Tony, with his complimentary tea towel ⭐️ we had to unmask him so we could see his g...
16/07/2021

Woohoo! Eel Pie Museum member #3000 Tony, with his complimentary tea towel ⭐️ we had to unmask him so we could see his great smile πŸ˜ƒ

Woohoo! Eel Pie Museum member #3000 Tony, with his complimentary tea towel ⭐️ we had to unmask him so we could see his great smile πŸ˜ƒ

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12/07/2021

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Happy birthday Britannia Row! ⭐️
05/07/2021

Happy birthday Britannia Row! ⭐️

Your chance to have a nosey on the island and buy from the artists there, and of course say hello to us in the EPIM stan...
03/07/2021

Your chance to have a nosey on the island and buy from the artists there, and of course say hello to us in the EPIM stand on the path πŸ˜ƒ

Photos from EEL PIE CLUB's post
27/06/2021

Photos from EEL PIE CLUB's post

24/06/2021

Happy birthday Jeff Beck! πŸŽ‚πŸŽΈπŸŽΈ

11/06/2021

We are open! Come and see our new Eel Pie Boatyards display πŸ˜ƒ

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN!! πŸ˜ƒThanks to everyone who came along to our re-launch yesterday - We had our Mayor along to officially...
04/06/2021

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN!! πŸ˜ƒ
Thanks to everyone who came along to our re-launch yesterday - We had our Mayor along to officially open the new Boatyard exhibition, caricaturists extraordinaire Simon & Sheba (who are the genius behind our famous tea-towels) and the wonderful Papa George treating us to some much needed live music.
We very much look forward to welcoming you all back through our doors, so come on down!
Thanks to Jennifer Noble for the photos.

02/06/2021

Happy 80th birthday Charlie!! β€πŸ™πŸ˜ŽπŸ₯
Back to back birthdays 🀣πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚

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02/06/2021

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Happy 80th birthday to the Wembley Whammer - Charlie Watts! πŸ₯

Leave your best wishes for Charlie below!

Very sad to see this. Brought back memories of the huge fire on Eel Pie Island in 1996. We hope the boatyard on Platts c...
04/05/2021

Very sad to see this. Brought back memories of the huge fire on Eel Pie Island in 1996. We hope the boatyard on Platts can be restored to working order again and doesn’t succumb to property developers 🀞

So sad to hear that Ali MacKenzie has left us 😒 He was a big supporter of the museum. His enthusiasm and great banter he...
29/04/2021

So sad to hear that Ali MacKenzie has left us 😒 He was a big supporter of the museum. His enthusiasm and great banter helped me on the long road to get this off the ground. RIP Ali 🧑⭐️πŸ₯°

So sad to hear that Ali MacKenzie has left us 😒 He was a big supporter of the museum. His enthusiasm and great banter helped me on the long road to get this off the ground. RIP Ali 🧑⭐️πŸ₯°

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1 - 3 Richmond Road
Twickenham
TW1 3AB

Opening Hours

Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

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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 β€˜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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We visited your fantastic museum last Thursday, we traveled up from Lewes in Sussex. We loved listening to the Stones on your record player 🎸Charlie Watts lived in Lewes in the late 60s, locals that knew or met him still say what an absolute gentleman he was. Best regards to all, Bill and Emma
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Dear All, Hope you are keeping well in these strange times and have had a good Christmas and New Year. You may remember me from One More Time at The Brewery Tap Brentford And Dick Laurie's Elastic Band at The Half Moon Putney. Also a contributor to Just Jazz Magazine and Allegedly Hot News International. I have been working as a Family History Researcher/Historical Researcher. My interest are Art, Books, History in general, Indian Art, Jazz, Photographs. Long story my parents moving to many miles out of London. Do you know of anybody who has a good size spare room going in return for care taking or other options upon further discussions?. I can supply a reference if need be. Thank you. Regards Marcus Holt.
Long John Baldry (12/1/1941 - 21/7/2005) Spent many a great evening 'over the Island' when he was performing in the 60's. He had an amazing voice.
Most of you will have heard of the Ricky Tick Clubs which operated in Windsor, Guildford, Reading, Hounslow and many other areas, so please have a look at the Ricky Tick website at ww.rickytick.com The site is run by Martin Fuggles, who was the DJ at Windsor Ricky Tick from 1965 to 1967 and it includes a history, memories, photos, music etc. plus a clip from the film Blow Up which recreated the Windsor venue for a scene with the Yardbirds. If you go to the home page and click on "Gig Lists" you can discover all the venues that hosted the Clubs from 1962 to 1967 and lists of which groups/bands played at which club on which day, as well as feasting your eyes on more posters, flyers, photos, ads and articles. The gig lists will be updated as and when new info becomes available. The Ricky Tick Clubs featured bands that ranged from the blues of Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies and John Mayall, through to the Rock revolution of the Who, Cream and Hendrix, and included along the way the R&B of the Stones and the Yardbirds, the soul of The Ram Jam Band and The Vagabonds, and the great bands of Georgie Fame, Zoot Money and Chris Farlowe, plus hundreds of others, famous and not so famous. They also welcomed visitors from the other side of the Atlantic including Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Ho**er, Rufus Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ben E King, Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Bill Haley and his Comets! If you have memories of the clubs or can add any info to the lists, we can't wait to hear from you. There is also a Ricky-Tick Club page just waiting for you to view, like, follow and share!
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.....