Hounslow’s Local History Collections

A rich source of local history material for Brentford and Chiswick is the Local Studies collection at Chiswick Library in Dukes Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 2AB (020 8994 1008); additional material can be found in the Layton Collection at Hounslow Library in the Treaty Centre, High Street, TW3 1ES. (0845 456 2800). The e-mail address is localstudies-hct@carillionservices.co.uk. Gunnersbury Park Museum’s collections include some library material, especially ephemera and topographical art (020 8992 1612). It is always useful to speak to one of the staff in advance of a visit. They can advise you and since these are specialist reference collections, they may need to get material ready for your visit.

The Society works closely with the local studies staff and we are delighted to be able to promote their work and particularly to be able to illustrate our Journal and our web pages with items from the collections in their care. All of these are identified in the captions to the images and you should contact the Library or the Museum if you wish to make use of these pictures for anything other than private/personal study.

This part of Hounslow’s Library Service and the Museum have suffered badly from cuts for over a decade, with only one professional librarian now employed to look after these collections and the Curator attempting to cover several vacant posts. The Society was very pleased that from early 2013 the service at the Local Studies Library at Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 2AB, was upgraded. The collection covers Brentford and Chiswick local history and is now open as follows: Monday, Thursday, Friday 9.30-1, 2-5 and alternate Saturdays 9.30-1, 2-5. Previously it was open only on Mondays and Fridays. An additional librarian has been added to the team and several of our members support the service as volunteers. At Gunnersbury, temporary posts were created to catalogue the collection in preparation for the major HLF-funded refurbishment of the Museum. It closed in December 2014 and will re-open in 2017.

see Hounslow libraries Local History & Archives web page and also these articles:

A Local History Librarian’s Year, 1980-81

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