Gunnersbury Park Museum
Temporary Closure of Gunnersbury Museum
Gunnersbury museum will close for renovation works from 4pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014 as the first phase of a £21 million refurbishment of the Park and facilities gets underway.
The improvements, which start in the New Year, will be completed by spring 2017. They include:
- repair of the external and internal fabric of the large mansion, including refurbishment of the drawing room, long gallery, dining room and historic kitchens
- creation of display rooms to showcase the museum collections and the building’s history effectively, and to provide space for events and functions
- installation of a lift to open up the building to the public and re-establish views into and out of the building
- construction of learning spaces and a carriage display gallery adjacent to the new park café with improvements to the visitor reception, signage and gift shop
While the work is underway, the museum’s education programme will be delivered from the small mansion next door, and it is hoped to provide access to the museum’s collection through temporary displays and a digital portal.
Councillor Sachin Gupta, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure at Hounslow Council, explains: “Though it’s sad to see the much-loved museum close temporarily, the renovation work will help to make Gunnersbury a standout London attraction for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
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.
A new future for your past...
The Heritage Lottery Fund recently announced an award of £386,400 from its Hertiage Grants programme as part of Stage 1 support for the development of a comprehensive bid to restore the Large Mansion and Gunnersbury Park Museum.
The estimated £9.4million proejct will help restore Gunnersbury Park House and develop and expand the museum within it allowing its collections to inspire learning and creativity as well as promote a better understanding of local heritage.
The next round of application to the HLF is scheduled to be submitted early in 2014, after which if successful, you will begin to see considerable changes and activity taking place.
An outreach team has been appointed to hep work with all communities to further develop proposals for the planned Stage 2 submission in early 2014 whilst the current activity of the museum continues to be delivered throughout the year. The museum is open and its regular exhibition and events programme will continue to run as usual. An additional programme of events, activities and consultation is currently being developed and will be rolled out over the year.
If you would like to become more involved in the outreach activity and consulation exercises or to join the mailing list to be kept up to date with developments, email: email@example.com
Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum work tirelessly to preserve and improve the park and its historic buildings. For more information on the Friends, their website is: www.gunnersburyfriends.org
For sports pitch hire, events bookings and maintenance issues contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gunnersbury 2026 is an exciting project to restore and enhance every aspect of the park; the landscape, buildings and museum transforming it into a significant heritage and leisure site for the existing community and for future generations to enjoy. This film is an introduction to the park and what goes on there, it outlines some of the challenges facing the park and what visitors think about it today. Visit Gunnersbury Park and join in!
The museum was opened in 1929. Since then it has collected a wide range of objects, paintings and photographs which reflect life in Ealing and Hounslow Boroughs from prehistory to the present day.
It still continues to collect material to make sure that visitors in the future will be able to see how we lived today.
The collections are now so large that most of them are in storage, but they are brought out for public view through a programme of regularly changing exhibitions. Items not on show can be viewed by appointment.
The museum is housed in the Large Mansion at Gunnersbury Park and has its display galleries in the grand, State Rooms.
Visitors to the museum can see a range of changing exhibitions that include local history and other local themes (some staged by local people or groups), alongside a variety of other shows.
The museum also provides a programme of schools' workshops, provides tours and talks (bookable in advance) and each year stages special events for children and adults.
Museum staff answer enquiries relating to local, social history and museum themes and identify objects brought into the museum.
New Opening Hours
The Museum is now closed to the general public on Mondays to allow for essential work to be undertaken to the collections, buildings and gallery spaces.
Gunnersbury Park Museum:
April - October 11am - 5pm Tuesday-Sunday
November – March 11am - 4pm Tuesday-Sunday
Last admission 15 minutes before closing
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve & New Year’s day.
Currently our Victorian Kitchens are closed at the weekends for public visits as they are in use throughout the winter period by our Education Department and for special published events (see HOUNSLOW HIGHLIGHTS FOR DETAILS). They will however be open as part of the Open House Event on September 21st and for our Stir Up Sunday event in November details of which will be posted on our website. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
How to find us:
Tube: Turn left out of Acton Town tube station (Piccadilly and District lines) and walk for about 10 minutes, crossing the North Circular.Bus: E3
Turn right out of South Ealing tube station and a walk of 5 minutes to Popes Lane where you turn right walking for 5 minutes to Lionel Road entrance or take the 65 bus.
Access available on Lionel Road North (there are 3 entrances along by the A4/Great West Road Brentford.Bus H91.
If you are coming from Brentford walk through Carville Hall Park North A4/Great West Road and access the park. Takes approximately 15 mins walking.
Accessibility: Check accessibility details on the DisabledGo website.
Download the Gunnersbury Park Museum Education Brochure (pdf)
For help with files and downloads click here.
See the history of the world in 100 objects on the BBC website (spot the Gunnersbury Park Museum object)
View the Gunnersbury details on the Culture24 website
Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ.
Tel: 020 8992 1612
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