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 8583 5577); additional material can be found in the Layton Collection at Feltham Library, High Street, Middlesex  TW13 4GU. (020 8583 5497). The e-mail address is localstudies@hounslow.gov.uk. 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. Gunnersbury Park Museum’s collections include some library material, especially ephemera and topographical art (020 8992 1612). However, the Museum and Park are being refurbished at a cost of £21 million; the Museum is unlikely to re-open before the spring of 2018.

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 suffered badly from cuts for over a decade. However, there are now three staff. The Local Studies Library at Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 2AB is now open as follows: Monday and Thursday 9.30-1, 2-5, with Thursday evening and Saturdays only by appointment. At Gunnersbury a new team is being formed.

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

A Local History Librarian’s Year, 1980-81

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