Gunnersbury Park collections are rich and diverse and provide a fascinating insight into the history of Ealing, Hounslow and the surrounding areas.
From the famous Lucozade sign, formerly visible to motorists driving along the M4, to beautiful collages by textile designer Joyce Clissold, many of the items in Gunnersbury Park collections tell local stories. Poetical Word visited some of these collections to create a real connection with the lives of local people in the past.
The collections included materials that trace the history and development of the Gunnersbury estate, its landscape, and the people who lived and worked there. From paintings to maps, plans and inventories to architectural items and the stunning collection of carriages owned by the Rothschild family, the collections we saw provided a fascinating glimpse into Gunnersbury across the ages.
We were able to see some of the archaeology collections, including Palaeolithic flint tools, Bronze Age swords and Iron Age spearheads. We also saw local entertainment collections, including many items relating to the golden age of Ealing Studios, local industry collections that trace the growth of manufacturing in the area and personal collections of local people.
The aim for this immersion was to create a spoken word piece which was to be presented to the public at a poetry event in December.