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Brent Museum & Brent Archive
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
Gunnersbury Park Museum
Hammersmith & Fulham Archives & Local History Centre 

Islington Museum

The Jewish Museum
Kingston Museum & Heritage Service
Royal Hospital Chelsea

 

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Brent Museum & Brent Archive
95 High Road, London, NW10 2SF
Contact: Hannah Phung, Museum Exhibition Officer
Telephone: 020 8937 3600 Fax: 020 8937 3601
Email: hannah.phung@brent.gov.uk

Collection description:
Social history collection relating to the London Borough of Brent. Brent Museum was formally known as The Grange Museum of Community History. The museum was in a historic house, the Grange, and the initial collection was made up of items left by a local collector who collected items from his global travels as well as items from the local history societies. The collection has continued to grow collecting items which reflect the communities and lives of people who live or work in Brent.

Recordings relating to World War II:
50 (Life histories with references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees  British Army  Royal Air Force  Women's Land Army 

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Video - all or some with transcripts
DVD (included within)
Access:
Researchers should contact the museum and speak to member of staff about what they are looking for. We will then access if we have any material that will be of any help. Notice period is arranged with member of staff and is accessed according to situations. No charge for useage. Not all recordings have second copy so some cannot be taken away from museum. If any recordings are to be taken away from museum premises, a loan form needs to be filled out with contact details and suggested return date.
Related products:
Education packs have been produced in the past using materials from Oral history recordings, but these are now out of print. Some education booklets have been produced recently but these are solely for the use of the museum in school sessions.
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA
Contact: Richard Knight, Principal Officer: Local Studies & Archives
Telephone: 020 7974 6342 Fax: 020 7974 6284
Email: localstudies@camden.gov.uk

Collection description:
We have two principal oral history collections: An oral history project that we ran from 1986-87.
The King's Cross Voices oral history project, funded by HLF, which we have run in conjunction with the London Borough of Islington from 2004-2008. This includes over 400 recordings. We also have a small number of other tape recordings, and some transcriptions of reminiscences (some of World War II) without recordings.

Recordings relating to World War II:
Not specified

Subjects covered:
Home Front Italian internees on the Isle of Man during WWII

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Kings Cross Voices recordings are already digitised and transcribed. This forms the bulk of the collection.
1986/87 project - tape recordings and transcripts. 
Some other tapes not transcribed. Some other transcripions without tapes.
Access:
King's Cross Voices oral history records will be available to the public later in 2008/09 and we aim to have an online searchable database including the recordings during 2009.
No access to 1986/87 recordings. Other recordings available as transcripts only. Appointments essential and recordings are subject to various usage restrictions. Contact the Centre for details.
Related products:
Wartime Camden, edited by Valerie Hart and Lesley Marshall, 1983. 3.50 On sale from the Centre.
Current status: Not presently under development but this is under consideration

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Gunnersbury Park Museum
Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ
Contact: Vanda Foster, Deputy Curator
Telephone: 0208 992 1612 Fax: 0208 752 0686
Email: mgp-museum@cip.org.uk

Collection description:
Gunnersbury Park Museum is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The museum's role is to collect, keep safe and display the past and present history of its two boroughs including Acton, Bedfont, Brentford, Chiswick, Cranford, Ealing, Feltham, Greenford, Hanwell, Hanworth, Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth, Northolt, Perivale and Southall. The museum holds a collection of oral history recordings which include recollections of the Blitz.

Recordings relating to World War II:
Approx 10 (Life histories with references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Indian Armed Forces (held in South Asian archive)

Format of recordings:
Audio - no transcripts
Video - no transcripts
Access:
Contact the Museum for details

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Hammersmith & Fulham Archives & Local History Centre
The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, London, W6 8BJ
Contact: Jane Kimber, Borough Archivist
Telephone: 020 8741 5159 Fax:
Email: archives@lbhf.gov.uk

Collection description:
Ethnic Communities Oral History Project (ref: A2002/18). Founded in 1987 to record and preserve memories from communities in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, including Caribbean, Polish, Irish, Iranian, Greek-Cypriot, Chinese, Spanish (Basque), and Asian (from the Indian sub-continent). The project closed in 2002.

North Kensington Local History Project and Notting Dale Urban Studies Centre (ref: DD/962). North Kensington Local History Project, in operation from 1983 to 1989, worked with groups and individuals on reminiscences and life stories. This included residents from the White City and Old Oak Estates in Hammersmith as well as those from North Kensington. Notting Dale Urban Studies Centre, opened from 1976 to 1997, carried out some reminiscence work, having links with the
Ethnic Communities Oral History Project.

White City Community History Project (ref: DD/963). Ran from 1987 to 1988 as a community club for older people on the White City Estate in Hammersmith

Recordings relating to World War II:
30 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees Refugees from Gibraltar Caribbean Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
Researchers can hear audio and read transcripts in the Archives and Local History Centre during opening hours (details on the website)
Current status: Not presently under development but this is under consideration

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Islington Museum
245 St John St, Finsbury Library, London, EC1
Contact: Alison Lister, Manager & Curator
Email: islington.museum@islington.gov.uk

Collection description:
Wartime Songs; Home Guard Memories, G.Ford; King's Cross Voices (Bill Jones and Stan Pryce); Local Voices.

Recordings relating to World War II:
4 collections (Life histories with references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees  British Army (Northern Europe)  British Army (Burma/India)  Women's Land Army 

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
Contact the Museum for an appointment.
Related products:
A CD called "Wartime Memories" available to purchase on request from the Museum
Current status: Not presently under development but this is under consideration

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The Jewish Museum
4 Shakespeare Road , London, N3 1XE
Contact: Louise Asher, Curator
Telephone: 020 8371 7373 Fax: 020 8371 7374
Email: admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Collection description:
The Jewish Museum's collection of oral history recordings was begun in the 1980s and comprises around 450 taped interviews with a wide range of Jewish people. Key areas covered include the East End of London, the West End of London, working lives, taxi driving and the Second World War. The online exhibition 'Continental Britons' includes a number of extracts from transcripts. 

Recordings relating to World War II: 
70 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees  Holocaust related  British Army  ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service)  WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) Refugees (from Europe)

Format of recordings:
Audio - some with transcripts
Video - no transcripts
Included within DVDs
Access:
Researchers need to give some indication of what they are looking for and make an appointment with the curator to come and listen. Different recordings have different usage restrictions.
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Kingston Museum & Heritage Service                                                               
Local History Room (Room 46), North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5PE
Contact: Emma Rummins, Local History Officer
Telephone: 020 85476738 Fax: 020 85476460
Email: local.history@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

Collection description:
For the 'Their Past Your Future' Project (Phrase 1), eight people from the Kingston area spoke about their experiences during the Second World War and were recorded on video for our permanent collections. Extracts can be viewed at http://www.rbksch.org/museum/
We also have a oral history collection of 88 taped life histories, many of which touch upon their experiences during World War Two (these are available as transcripts and on tape) and six written reminiscences that were donated to the local history room for an exhibition at Kingston
Museum in 1993 called 'For Kingston & Country'.

Recordings relating to World War II: 
102
(Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Not specified

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
DVD (included within)
Access:
Contact the Museum for details.

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Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR
Contact: JF Nuttall, Head of Planning and Co-ordination
Telephone: 020 7881 5246 Fax: 020 7881 5463
Email: jonuttall@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

Collection description:
Interviews with In-Pensioners of the Royal Hospital

Recordings relating to World War II: 
74 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
British Army (Northern Europe)  British Army (North Africa / Italy)   British Army (Burma / India)  British Army (other)  Prisoners of War (in German/Italian camps) Prisoners of War (in Japanese camps)

Format of recordings:
Video - no transcripts
Access:
On application to the Hospital. No charges are currently levied.
Related products:
Before They Fade (2002), revised edition 2006. Available from the Royal Hospital shop.
Current status: Not presently under development but this is under consideration

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