Our collections are rich and diverse and provide a fascinating insight into the history of Ealing, Hounslow and the surrounding areas.

From the famous Lucozade sign, formerly visible to motorists driving along the M4, to beautiful collages by textile designer Joyce Clissold, who ran Brentford-based Footprints studio in the ‘20s and ‘30s, many of the items in our collections tell local stories. Still more have personal stories attached, creating a real connection with the lives of local people in the past.

Our collections include:

  • Materials that trace the history and development of the Gunnersbury estate, its landscape, and the people who lived and worked here. From paintings to maps, plans and inventories to architectural items and the stunning collection of carriages owned by the Rothschild family, our collections provide a fascinating glimpse into Gunnersbury across the ages.
  • Archaeology collections, including Palaeolithic flint tools, Bronze Age swords and Iron Age spearheads.
  • Children and childhood collections, including toys, games and clothing.
  • Costume collections, including fine examples of clothing for the middle and upper classes from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Local entertainment collections, including many items relating to the golden age of Ealing Studios.
  • Local industry collections that trace the growth of manufacturing in the area.
  • Oral histories and personal collections of local people.

During the transformation of Gunnersbury access to the collections will be limited. However, we are continuing to run events where selected items can be seen and enjoyed.

If you have a specific enquiry about any of our collections please email