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Gunnersbury Park Museum Oral Histories

Oral histories are a way of capturing people’s memories, experiences, opinions and feelings of the past.

Gunnersbury Park Museum has an extensive collection of recordings of local residents, particularly around South Asian immigration into Southall, Brentford Football and local life stories.

The oral histories available to listen to here are a small selection of the many hundreds held in our archive, and are usually available to listen to in various galleries throughout the museum. If you would like to arrange to listen to more oral histories, or for any other research enquiries please contact

From our Home Gallery

Local Healthcare

John Cordon talks about his memories of healthcare as a child

Local Homes & Housing

Richard Adams talks about his childhood home on Lancashire Road


William Axbey talks about his wartimes memories

Download the transcripts here:

Local Healthcare I Local Homes & Housing I Wartimes

From our Leisure Gallery


John Cordon talks about childhood games


Kiran Shah talks about life as an actor and stunt-double

Ealing Tea Shops

Muriel Wodehouse talks about tea shops in Ealing

Local Entertainment

Vera Burrows talks about music and dancing

Download the transcripts here:

Games I Acting I Ealing Tea Shops I Local Entertainment

From our Long Gallery

Gunnersbury in the Second World War

Joan Catterall talks about bombs being dropped on Gunnersbury Park during the Second World War

Childhood at Gunnersbury Park

Ken Boston talks about his memories of visiting Gunnersbury Park as a child

Working in the Estate

Bernard Collis talks about his life working for the Rothschilds at Gunnersbury Park

Gunnersbury Park Opening

Dennis Bowen talks about memories of Gunnersbury Park first opening in 1926

From our Industry Gallery

Cherry Blossom Boot Polish Factory

Joan Field talks about her memories from working in ‘the Cherry’, the factory that made Cherry Blossom Boot Polish


Ethel Bowles talks about working in the laundries


Tom Bowles talks about life on the barges


Terri Humphries talks about his job of collecting food waste to be sold to local pig farmers

Download the transcripts here:

Cherry Blossom Boot Polish Factory I Laundries I Barges I Pigswill

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