Anniversary 1926 official opening of Park

Neville Chamberlain, then Minister of Health, opened Gunnersbury Park to the public on 21 May 1926, the Friday before the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The Park superintendent reported “crowds large on Saturday, tremendous on Sunday and overwhelming on Monday”.

The official opening ceremony on the lawns south of the Large Mansion

Click to enlarge this photograph by Wakefields Studio from the Museum collection and look closely to find (bottom left) the press compound, with the journalists’ trilbies on the table and a film camera. The 8-minute film, made for Ealing’s Walpole Cinema, can be watched here.