Local history links

Battlefields Trust London & South East Chapter
The Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society has worked closely with members of this group on our Chiswick V2 commemoration and on the interpretation of the 1642 Battles of Brentford and Turnham Green.

British Association for Local History
The Association aims to encourage and assist the study of local history, both as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups. It publishes The Local Historian magazine.

British Local Histories
British Local Histories seeks out unusual and intriguing subjects of local history and tells the complete story in full length documentaries, available on DVD. These include DVDs on Chiswick’s Griffin Brewery (with which B&CLHS assisted) and Brompton Bicycles of Brentford. Filmed on location and produced by professional television film makers, British Local Histories interview the experts, sort facts from fiction and reveal the complete story. All titles have a minimum duration of 60 minutes and are filmed in widescreen digital format.

COLLAGE
A remarkably rich database of images from the collections of the former Guildhall Library Print Room (now part of LMA) and the Guildhall Art Gallery. You can search on many subjects and order either digital of hard copy prints of the images through the site.

Docklands History Group
A group which studies aspects of the Port of London and the history of the Thames in London. Meets monthly at the Museum in Docklands – see their website for details of future meetings and conferences.

Gunnersbury Park Museum
Local history museum for LBs Ealing & Hounslow, admission free. Its collections and displays cover the history of Acton, Bedfont, Brentford, Chiswick, Cranford, Ealing, Feltham, Greenford, Hanwell, Hanworth, Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth, Northolt, Perivale, Southall. See also the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum

Hounslow Heritage Guides
Established in 1994, the guides undertake regular Sunday walks during the summer months, at Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth and also Hanworth and Heston.

Hounslow’s Local Studies Libraries & Archives
Housed in the libraries at Hounslow and Chiswick, the collections holds documents, books & images relating to the parishes of the modern London Borough of Hounslow: Bedfont, Brentford, Chiswick, Cranford, Feltham, Hanworth, Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth and Osterley.

Local History Magazine and Local History Online
Lists books, news, resources, information, courses and nearly 1,000 local history links. Also a calendar of events and local history books for sale online.

London Historians
This organisation was launched in August 2010 as a club for Londoners who’d like to learn more about their city’s history. They organise visits, talks, walks, social events and discounts to selected historical attractions and exhibitions and meet at a pub in London on the first Wednesday every month.

London Metropolitan Archives
London’s County record office, providing details of an extraordinary and substantial collection of archives, with practical advice on making the most of a visit and a database of their most popular genealogical sources.

London & Middlesex Archaeological Society
The Society was founded in 1855 ‘for the purpose of investigating the antiquities and early history of the Cities of London and Westminster and the Metropolitan County of Middlesex’. It offers a lecture programme, Transactions and two annual conferences on archaeology and local history respectively.

Thames Explorer Trust
An educational charity which promotes understanding and enjoyment of the Thames so everyone can take a part in planning a healthy future for the river. It offers schools sessions at 10 venues up and down the river including Chiswick Pier and Kew Bridge arches, as well as foreshore walks for adults and families .

Thames Pilot
A lottery funded digitisation project which has assembled a collection of images and documents charting the rich history of the River Thames, from source to sea. Museums and archives along the length of the River formed the partnership which brought together this range of material – search on local placenames, subjects or, for example Thomas Layton, to find Brentford & Chiswick material

The National Archives
The official archive for England, Wales & the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present. This is a fantastically searchable web-site with invaluable online catalogues and the potential to download for a small fee high quality images of some categories of documents like wills.

The Thomas Layton Collection
Thomas Layton bequeathed his collection to the people of Brentford to create a museum. Difficulties with his will thwarted his plan and parts of the collection were dispersed. The collection includes antiquarian finds from the Thames as well as other historic artefacts, many of which are now in the Museum of London. The large collection of books, prints and manuscripts is housed in the Local Studies Dept of Hounslow Library. The Thomas Layton Trust is bringing his bequest back together on this website as a virtual museum.

Victoria County History of Middlesex
Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England’s places & people from earliest times to the present day. Our local volumes date from the 1970s and ’80s. The whole text is now online and is highly searchable.

West Middlesex Family History Society
The family history society which covers our area – the web pages include a map of the parishes, details of meetings and publications for sale and other useful information.