Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Museum

Brent Museum and Archives will be reopening in the new Library at Willesden Green in the summer of 2015. The museum displays hundreds of objects relating to the history of Brent and its residents.

The museum is highly interactive, with specially commissioned videos and recordings by local people telling stories about their lives in Brent. We also have a temporary exhibition gallery with changing exhibitions linked to Brent and its diverse community.

The archives holds collections related to the London Borough of Brent and its residents. We hold the records of Brent Council and its predecessors, including council minutes and building plans, as well as historical maps and street directories, electoral registers, school records, and an extensive collection of old photographs and postcards. We also collect the records of local groups and organisations. Our local history collections include a large reference collection, and local newspapers dating back to 1870.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

The Museum is currently closed due to redevelopment.
The Archives are accessible by prebooked appointments on Wednesdays.

Admission charges

FREE entry

Getting there

By Tube: The nearest stations are Willesden Green (Jubillee Line) and Kensal Rise (Overground)

There is no parking on site but there is on street parking.

The collection consist of objects relating to the local Brent area and the communities who live there.

The museum is encouraging all people from the many diverse communities in Brent to donate a part of their history, either through objects or oral history, to ensure that they make their mark and history known to future generations.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History

Jewish

One of the most interesting donations consists of objects, photographs and documents relating to Austrian-Jewish refugees from the Nazis. These are the Martha Berdach group (donated by Mark Cummins, a former mayor of Brent and a neighbour of Martha Berdach [later Mayerson]) and the Alice Schick (later Bacher) collection, donated by Michelle Gluck. Both collections are somewhat similar. Their great strength is photographs of people in pre-1938 Austro-Hungary and Austria, the Berdach group being stronger on the pre-1918 period and the Schick group being stronger on the inter-war period. The Berdach group also has photographs taken by a refugee just after arriving in Britain. The documentation is interesting too.
Other Jewish material is limited to packaging for Kosher food and religious objects, and a modern (1998) railway ticket from Katowice to Oœwiêcim (Auschwitz).

Getting there

By Tube: The nearest stations are Willesden Green (Jubillee Line) and Kensal Rise (Overground)

There is no parking on site but there is on street parking.

Brent Museum and Archives
The Library at Willesden Green
95 High Road
Willesden Green
London
Greater London
NW10 2SF
England

Website

http://brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/brent-museum-and-archives/

E-mail

archives@brent.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8937 3541

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