Local area study resources

Local area study workshops for schools

There are four different local area study workshops: one for each of Wembley and Willesden at KS1 and one for each of Wembley and Willesden at KS2. The difference between the workshops at the two different key stages is that during the KS2 workshops children use additional sources of evidence such as street directories and electoral registers to explore how the area has changed. These are fun, story-based, hands-on and highly visual workshops. We start with images of the streets immediately around your school so that the children enthusiastically name places they know, simple geographical features, different forms of transport and buildings. We use an image of a road near their school in the past to the corresponding modern image to compare then and now. Carousel activities then include: dressing up in replica clothes from the past and comparing then and now using images and maps of the local area and to see how their local area has changed over the last 150 years.

If you have a KS3 or KS4 class that you would like to bring to Brent Museum, please do get in touch with us to discuss your requirements at museum.archives@brent.gov.uk

Downloadable local history resource pack

This pack includes maps, photographs, and documents from the Brent Archives collections to explore changes in the Brent area over the past 200 years. The teachers’ notes offer suggestions as to how to use the resources in class.

Online Catalogue

Our online catalogue enables you to access images of Brent and to find out more about our collections generally. Why not enter the names of streets round your school and see what old images we hold of those places?

Search Room at The Library at Willesden Green

You can make an appointment to visit the archives at museum.archives@brent.gov.uk to look at maps, photographs and archive material related to the local area around your school.

Brief histories of the areas of Brent

These are great time savers and give you an overview of the history of your school’s area. There is a summary for each of these areas: Alperton, Church End and the Parish of Willesden, Cricklewood and Dollis Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Kenton, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Neasden and Dudden Hill, Preston and Uxendon, Stonebridge, Sudbury, Twyford and Park Royal, Wembley and Tokyngton, Willesden Green.