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. You mustmake an appointment to see items from the collection. It is always useful to contact the specialist librarian in advance of a visit. He can advise you and since these are specialist reference collections, he may need to get material ready for your visit. Gunnersbury Park Museum’s collections include some library/archive material, especially ephemera and topographical art phone 020 3961 0280 or email rookek@visitgunnersbury.org).The archives at Gunnersbury Park Museum are open on a very limited basis during the pandemic.

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.

After a long period as part of an outsourced service, this part of Hounslow’s Library Service has suffered badly from cuts in the past. It is now diectly managed by Hounslow Council again; following the retirement of the senior member of staff, it has been run by a single member of staff. The Local Studies Library at Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 2AB is now open only by appointment during the pandemic.

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

A Local History Librarian’s Year, 1980-81

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