Local history documents

Areas of Brent

 

 

British Empire Exhibition

 

  • The British Empire Exhibition, 1924 to 1925  - Read about the amazing event that changed Wembley's history in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.
  • Sierra Leone at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 - Meet the men and women who came to Wembley from this West African country ninety years ago, in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.
  • When Nigeria came to Wembley, 1924 - Using pictures from contemporary sources in the Brent Archives collections, this illustrated article by Philip Grant gives a fascinating glimpse of the people who lived in the Exhibition's Nigerian native village, and their time in England.
  • Under the Southern Cross - a tour in New Zealand  - a digital copy of a booklet, produced for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924, which gives a detailed introduction to New Zealand in the 1920's, for potential migrants and tourists.
  • Productive Canterbury - New Zealand  - a digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924, which gives a detailed picture of farming in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island in the early 1920's.

  • Canterbury - the Industrial Centre of New Zealand  - this digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924 sets out details of the manufacturing activities carried on in this New Zealand province in the early 1920's, as well as the living and working conditions of the people carrying on these trades.
  • New Zealand - the Land of Opportunity for Sheep & Cattle Farmers- a digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924, which encouraged British livestock farmers to emigrate, and provides a detailed picture of New Zealand agriculture in the early 1920's.

 

Buildings and architecture

 

 

Health and social care

 

 

Olympics

 

 

People

 

  • Amy Johnson - Flying from Kingsbury The story of one of aviation's heroines, and the time that she lived in Brent, is told in Philip Grant's illustrated article.
  • Arthur Lucan - the man who was "Old Mother Riley"  Brent has very few blue plaques, commemorating famous people who lived in the borough, but one of them can be found on a large house in Forty Lane, Wembley.
  • Jose Diaz, the Spanish Chairman   Today many people born overseas serve as local councillors, but in this illustrated article Philip Grant tells the story of a man who did so more than 100 years ago
  • Wembley's Rolling Stone   Find out where musician Charlie Watts grew up and went to school in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.

 

Transport, industry and farming

 

 

War

 

 

General