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.
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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

11/06/2021

We are open! Come and see our new Eel Pie Boatyards display 😃

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

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN!! 😃
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!! ❤🙏😎🥁
Back to back birthdays 🤣🥳🎂

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02/06/2021

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Happy 80th birthday to the Wembley Whammer - Charlie Watts! 🥁

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 🧡⭐️🥰

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 🧡⭐️🥰

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07/04/2021

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Great loss of such an influential force in UK music. RIP
03/03/2021

Great loss of such an influential force in UK music. RIP

Sorry to hear of the death of Chris Barber, one of the giants of the UK jazz scene, but also a founding father of British guitar-based pop and rock. He played a crucial role in the birth of the skiffle movement. In the early 1950s, he was the trombone-playing leader of a trad jazz band that featured Lonnie Donegan on banjo. When they came to record their first LP 'New Orleans Joys' on 13th July 1954, his commitment to African-American roots music meant that he was happy to play double bass on Donegan's recording of 'Rock Island Line'.

When this cover of a Lead Belly standard was released as a single in December 1955, it ignited the skiffle craze in the UK. In the following 18 months, sales of guitars in the UK rocketed from 5,000 in 1955 to 250,000 in 1957. Skiffle proved to be the nursery of for the British rock stars of the 1960s. Chris Barber continued to influence the UK scene by inviting US blues artists to tour with his jazz band, bringing the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to British and European audiences.

In 2015, at a concert celebrating the music of Lead Belly, I shared a dressing room with him at the Royal Albert Hall where he regaled me with tales of seeing Broonzy open for Mahalia Jackson in the early 1950s. Knowing of my interest in skiffle, the organisers had invited me to sing 'Rock Island Line' and I was greatly honoured that night to have Chris play double-bass on the song.

He was a real gent and his influence on British rock music of the 50s and 60s was immense. He's pictured below playing double bass during a skiffle breakdown session in 1953 with other founding fathers (from left to right) Ken Colyer, Alexis Korner, Lonnie Donegan and, seated, Bill Colyer.

This is just lovely - Pete Townshend talking about Bowie, and the BBC Philharmonic version of ‘Sound & Vision’ at the en...
17/01/2021
Chris Hawkins - Pete Townshend on David Bowie - BBC Sounds

This is just lovely - Pete Townshend talking about Bowie, and the BBC Philharmonic version of ‘Sound & Vision’ at the end is just joyous! 🧡

Pete Townshend talks about his friend David Bowie, on the 5th anniversary of his death.

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13/01/2021

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Charlie joined The Rolling Stones today in 1963! Happy Stones-iversary Charlie!

So sorry to hear the sad news about Francis from Hammertons Ferry 😔 Condolences to his family from all at the Eel Pie Mu...
29/11/2020

So sorry to hear the sad news about Francis from Hammertons Ferry 😔 Condolences to his family from all at the Eel Pie Musem.
RIP Francis.

One of our fab volunteers, Jennifer, is making equally fab earrings - check them out! 👍
29/11/2020
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One of our fab volunteers, Jennifer, is making equally fab earrings - check them out! 👍

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The Half Moon Putney
14/10/2020

The Half Moon Putney

GUESS WHOS BACK!!!!! 🎶
We’re super excited to announce that our beautiful, historic music venue will be opening its doors once again!!
Our gigs and shows will be seated to ensure social distancing is followed.
Everyone who attends can download our Young’s On Tap app to order to their table during the live performance 😊
Make sure to head over to our website to check out our line ups.
Are you as excited as we are??? 😆
#music #liveshow #venue #musicvenue #exciting #putney #london🇬🇧 #drinks #halfmoonputney

We are gearing up to reopen...fabulous floor stickers just arrived 😃👍⭐️
01/10/2020

We are gearing up to reopen...fabulous floor stickers just arrived 😃👍⭐️

Our music industry is an intrinsic, valuable, globally admired part of British culture. It is vital that we protect and ...
30/09/2020

Our music industry is an intrinsic, valuable, globally admired part of British culture. It is vital that we protect and support it. Listen up bojo and co! Government support and understanding is crucial right now.

Tonight, the global live events industry, our global family, chose to #StandAsOne for the #WeMakeEvents #LightItInRed campaign. Our sector urgently needs support.

Thousands of sites across 25 countries were lit red to highlight our emergency. We’re asking government officials and media to raise awareness and drive change for an industry that contributes billions to the economy.

Without our highly skilled expertise, the world will not see or hear live music; there will be no theatre, no festivals, no conferences, live sports or cultural celebrations.

What we need:

▪️Government-backed COVID – 19 Insurance Scheme to ensure if local lockdowns happen event organisers will recover costs and attendees will receive a refund.

▪️Government support for widespread proactive COVID -19 testing for event attendees

▪️A three-year extension to the reduced cultural VAT rate on tickets in line with DCMS recommendations

▪️Grants - not loans - made available to businesses in the events supply chain

▪️A specific job support scheme for live events supply chain until the government guidelines change on social distancing to allow a commercially viable return to work.

#WeMakeEvents #LightItInRed #LetTheMusicPlay #RishiSunak #OliverDowden #CarolineDinenage #SkyNews #BBCNews #itvnews #SaveOurStages #SoundOfSilence #ExcludedUK #SupportNeeded #EventProfs #Covid19 #Coronavirus

Photos: Maria Zhytnikova

Lights: Thanks to our good friends PRG United Kingdom

Well said Bryan 👍
30/09/2020

Well said Bryan 👍

Britannia Row Productions Director, Bryan Grant, writes an open letter to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the live events industry gears up for a global action day.

#WeMakeEvents #LightItInRed #StandAsOne

Dear Boris,

I’m a Director of Britannia Row Productions, an audio supply company.

During the past 40 years, we have been privileged to have provided equipment and technicians to many major concert artistes including Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Simply Red, Mumford and Sons and Harry Styles.

And, live events such as Her Majesty’s Golden and Diamond Jubilees, Live 8, the Barcelona and London Olympics, the Rugby World Cup and FA cup finals.

We currently employ around 70 staff and 100 freelance people, with most of our staff currently on furlough.

As well as providing the most state-of-the-art equipment, we supply audio engineers and technicians, and over the years, both our company and many of our people have gained an international reputation for excellence in our field.

I, like most of my colleagues who provide these services, prefer to be in the background and have never sought or received assistance from Government in the past, but the current crisis in our industry has compelled me to step forward and make a direct and public plea for you to help the hundreds of thousands of people who work in our industry.

Boris, when you and your colleagues go to a concert, you expect a visual and audio experience to enhance the performance of your favourite performer, but perhaps don’t give much thought as to how all of these amazing visuals and stirring sounds are achieved. Quite rightly; you simply enjoy the moment.

Well, the reality is that behind the scenes, hundreds of people will have made that show possible. The artistes, their managers and production crew have worked for months, with lighting video and audio designers to produce shows that will thrill their fans and ensure concert spend is boosting the economy.

Promoters have been appointed to provide the venues to accommodate these performances. Service companies have been chosen to provide the production expertise, the equipment, technicians, stagehands, security, catering etc, etc. to make these events happen safely and seamlessly, every night, and on time.

The skills involved don’t just happen; they take years of training and experience to acquire. British technicians are famed throughout the world. These skills will be lost if people leave our industry in desperation as they seek other work in order to feed themselves and their families.

I often hear you and your colleagues talk of the ‘hard-working’ people in the UK. Well, the people in my industry do work hard and are essential to a sector which contributes literally billions to our economy.

Please, don’t let them down, support them until we can find a way to bring back our live concerts and events. We don’t live by bread alone, as the old saying goes.

Please don’t lay waste to an industry that brings enormous enjoyment to simply being alive.

Bryan Grant

27/09/2020
I Can Feel the Fire

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Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Warner Records I Can Feel the Fire · Ron Wood I've Got My Own Album To Do ℗ 1974 Warner Records Inc. Drums: Andy Newmark Produce...

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
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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

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1 - 3 Richmond Road
Twickenham
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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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.....
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. 👍🙂