Museum activities, August & September 2014

Unearthing our First World War Heritage, an Arts Award project
Young people aged 14-21 years  are invited to join the Museum’s creative First World War project and achieve their Bronze Arts Award, a nationally-recognised qualification.  Participants will have the chance to share ideas with other creative young people, work alongside a professional artist to create an art installation for public display, go behind the scenes at the Museum and gain new skills and work experience.

The workshops take place at the Museum from 18 to 22 August, 11am to 5pm each day, free of charge but advance booking is essential on 020 8992 2247 or 020 8992 1612. The moderation day is on 30 October, during school half term.  Please note – if you join the project you have to commit to attending all 5 days of the workshop as well as the moderation date when the project is assessed for the Arts Awards. To find out more about Arts Award visit:

Tour and Tea at Gunnersbury: Hounslow Older People’s Festival, 2pm, Thursday 16 October (NB this was incorrect in printed Newsletter 98)
Our Victorian Housekeeper will take you on a tour of Gunnersbury Park Museum and its handsome Victorian Kitchens, providing you with a fascinating insight into life ‘below stairs’ in the 19th century, followed by tea and cake! Tickets cost £3 payable in cash on the day, advance booking essential on 020 8992 2247 or 1612

First World War Exhibition, 12 – 31 August 2014 at the Museum
Local First World War heritage display from the local archives. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am to 4.45pm, admission free.

Open House London at Gunnersbury, 11.30am to 5pm, Sunday 21 September
Your opportunity to see inside some of the beautiful outbuildings at Gunnersbury, as part of Open House London, three of Gunnersbury’s garden buildings: The Temple by the Round Pond, Princess Amelia’s Bathhouse (near the Small Mansion), and The Orangery, down the lawn from the Museum. The Museum in the Large Mansion, built in 1802 by Alexander Copland, wealthy Westminster building contractor and extended by the Rothschild family, will also be open as usual. Admission is free with no advanced booking, places offered first come, first served. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Activities will include

  • First World War themed art installation in The Orangery by Gunnersbury’s Youth and Children’s Panels.
  • Architect-led tour at 11am on the restoration project for Gunnersbury Park Museum.
  • Tours of the beautifully preserved Victorian kitchens of the Large Mansion.
  • Landscape Architect’s tour of the Park to discuss the restoration which will start in 2015. Meet at the museum at 2pm.
  • Meet costumed character Princess Amelia in the Bath-house to hear about the 18th century fashion for plunge baths. She was George II’s daughter, who owned Gunnersbury and lived in the 17th century mansion here.