Brent Museum and Archives
Brent Archives' small collection of films and moving images consists mainly of films made by Brent Council and its predecessors, including public and staff information films, and records of council events, as well as a few items relating to local events and activities donated by individuals.
Brent Archives holds the records of the London Borough of Brent and its predecessor authorities, as well as collections relating to local schools, businesses, organisations and individuals connected with the borough, including building plans, maps and street directories, electoral registers,and an extensive collection of old photographs and postcards.
We aim to make the history of the borough and its residents accessible to all, and to ensure the long-term preservation of records of future historic interest. Through our collections, we aim to represent all the communities in the London Borough of Brent.
95 High Road
Phone: 0208 9373600
Access: Drop in is free for electoral registers, local history library and pamphlet boxes and microfilms. All enquiries and appointments to view collection material should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our opening hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5, Thursday 1-7, Saturday 10-5.
In general, moving image material in obsolete formats will not be accepted into the collections, as we are unable to make it available to users due to a lack of viewing equipment. However, if a film is felt to be of sufficient local interest, and does not fall under the collecting policies of any other appropriate repository, we may consider acquiring it and retaining it for future digitisation.
What I enjoy about the films in our collections is how surprising they can be! For example, a local public information film is not the first place you might think to look for laughs, but I love the wry humour of 'These Can Be Yours', a Wembley Road Safety Council film from 1949, as well as the local nature of the footage and the period detail.
Kate Jarman, former Archivist