Willesden Green Library Centre
95 High Road
020 8937 3600
Brent Museum (formerly Grange Museum of Community History) moved to Willesden Green Library Centre in 2006 with displays about the history of the Borough and its many cultures.
Mon: 10am - 8pm
Tues: 9am - 8pm
Weds: 9am - 6pm
Thurs: 9am - 8pm
Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 12am - 5pm
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.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History
The best material consists of a couple of donations 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) brought back from Poland by a member of the museum staff
Brent Remembers: Five Lives
- 29 October 2014 — 27 March 2015 *on now
This new exhibition will explore how the First World War affected the people of Brent and the contributions they made. Discover the stories of Charles Garforth, one of the first recipients of a VC medal during the First World War; Charles Bowen a librarian from Willesden who died in combat; Charles Pinkham who oversaw Military Appeal Tribunals; Mabel Comben, a dedicated VAD; and 'Fluff', whose father wrote letters from abroad that she kept for the rest of her life.
- Any age
Brent Civic Centre