Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Museum

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

Museum - Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Archives - Monday & Friday & Sunday Closed, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 1-8pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm.

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).

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Jajaben Desai

Exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Grunwick Strike

  • 19 October 2016 — 6 January 2017 *on now

HLF funded exhibition produced by Grunwick 40 in collaboration with Brent Museum and Archives, exploring the story of the dispute at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratory in Willesden from 1976-78.

For more details visit brent.gov.uk/events

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
kids pigeons

FOUND

  • 1 November — 30 December 2016 *on now

FOUND is a living art installation celebrating the beauty of Brent, developed with individuals from across the borough. FOUND explores why Brent is and always has been loved by so many, and how our relationship to Brent as ‘home’ changes as the city around us develops and grows away from the one we hold in our memories.
A partnership project with Tricycle Theatre’s Young Producers.

The Library at Willesden Green, Community Wall

Suitable for

  • Any age

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

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

E-mail

archives@brent.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8937 3541

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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