Summer events with a historical theme, June & July 2013

Saturday 29 June 2013
The Musical Museum in Brentford celebrates its 50th anniversary with an Open Day sponsored by LB Hounslow
11:30, 12:30, 15:30 Live presentations in the Museum galleries including musical boxes, Pianolas, Orchestrions and self-playing violins
12:00 – 13:00 Tea Dance Taster with Richard Cole. Learn the basic Quick-step & Waltz and try it out to the sounds of the Wurlitzer.
14:00 Official opening of the 50th Anniversay Exhibition in the Concert Hall by the Worshipful The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Sachin Gupta.
14:30, 16:00 The Mighty Wurlitzer in the Concert Hall played by Chris Barber, Resident Organist

Free entry to all residents of the London Borough of Hounslow

and on Saturday 13 July a Jubilee Concert at 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)

The Friends of The Musical Museum invite you to celebrate the museum’s 50 years when the President, Richard Suart, presents an evening of entertainment featuring British composers, including Roger Quilter, Sir Edward Elgar, Eric Coates, John Ireland and Wilfrid Sanderson. Michael Broadway will be at the Pianola. There will be duets with Vaninne Parker and humorous songs by Sir Arthur Sullivan, Jeremy Nicholas and Flanders and Swann… Add some extracts from Facade and performances from some of the Museum’s automatic instruments and it will be a marvellous night out.

Tickets £12 (Friends and their guests £10)

The Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DU 020 8560 8108

A number of Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society Society members will be involved in talks and events during the summer:

BTG project 015Howard Simmons will be giving a talk on The Battle of Brentford on Sunday, 2 June. Howard was part of the team which worked on the interpretation of the battles of Brentford and Turnham Green in 2008, a joint project between the Battlefields Trust’s London group and this Society. His talk is part of a summer programme of talks at Syon House, which also includes Topher Martyn on 600 years of the Syon’s gardens on 16 June, and a talk about the Archaeology of Syon on 30 June. Full details available on 020 8560 0882 or All the talks start at 3pm in the House; you need to buy a House and Garden ticket to get in to hear them.

heritage guidesA number of our members are also Hounslow Heritage Guides, leading historical walks in Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth from June to October 2013. The full programme is on their web-site. On 2 June a walk on Royal Connections with Isleworth & Syon will begin at 2.30pm.

Alfred de Rothschild at Gunnersbury 1910, Rothschild Archive

Alfred de Rothschild at Gunnersbury 1910, Rothschild Archive

Vanda Foster, Curator, and Val Bott, local historian, will be speaking at 3pm on Sunday, 2 June on the history of Gunnersbury’s gardens and on Patent Elms, Pineapples and Pears, the history of local nursery gardening in the Terrace Room of the Small Mansion in Gunnersbury Park. This is part of an all-day event called Gunnersbury Park: Garden of Surprises! for The Chelsea Fringe. There will be free activities, including Heritage Tree Walks with John Wells at 11am and 2pm, starting at the Museum entrance, a garden trail and the chance to meet “The Rothschilds’ Head Gardener”. Details from 020 8825 6787 or see

Made in Brentford is Brentford’s Family History & Local History Day at Brentford Library, a free event from 11am to 4.30pm, with displays, publications stalls and refreshments, all with the theme of local industries. There will be talks by Vanda Foster, Gunnersbury’s Curator at 11.30 and James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian, at 12.15.

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