You are invited to celebrate the Museum’s 90th birthday when there will be activities for all, including talks, music, party games and trails. Discover what has been collected over the last 90 years including 117-year-old chocolate, an Iron Age cranium, many a creepy doll and a stuffed cockatoo – just some of the weird and wonderful objects in Gunnersbury’s 50,000 strong Museum collection. Curators Julia Tubman and Amy Dobson look back on the origins of the collections, past curators and discuss their favourite objects and plans for the next 90 years.
Running order on the day
10:00 – 16:00 – Family trail in the museum. Travel through nine decades of history as you discover some of the key items the museum has collected since it opened in 1929. This is a free, self-guided trail; please pick up a trail sheet from reception.
10:30 – 15:30 – Make & Take. Craft activities for families to make and decorate your own party hat to join in the celebrations. Free, no booking required.
10:15 – 11:00, 12:15 – 13:00 & 14:15 – 15:00. Get in the party spirit and join in some Victorian parlour games. Free, but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can reserve your space on the day at the museum reception.
11:00 – 12:00 – The children and young people from Hounslow Music Service perform in the historic Rothschild Rooms. Programme will include Telemann Strings, a wind ensemble and a brass quintet. Free, no booking required.
13:00 – 13:45 – Freestyle urban dance performance by dance students from West Thames College. Free, no booking required.
14:00 – 15:30 – Curator’s Talk: But Why Though? 90 Years of Collecting at Gunnersbury Park Museum. A special talk by our curators looking back on the origins of the museum and its collections as well as exploring what the future holds. £8, booking required: Book here