Get involved with Brent Museum and Archives

Donations to the Brent Museum and Archives

If you have:

  • object or objects which relate to the history of the local area or the lives of its residents and or
  • paper records or documents, sound or video recordings or photographs, which relate to the history of the local area or the lives of its residents, please contact Brent Archives either by email or by phone 020 8937 3600.

We want to ensure that our collections are representative of all residents of the borough, so we are always keen to collect items from any of Brent's diverse communities, as well as from local organisations and businesses.

To ensure that our collections cover all periods in the history of the borough, we are also particularly interested in accepting photographs of residents and life in the borough from the 1950s-1980s.

Please do not bring items in without an appointment, as we cannot always accept them over the desk. You should call the museum or archives in advance to discuss your donation and arrange a time to come in. We will make a decision on whether to accept your offer based on existing collections, our collecting priorities, legislation and council policy.

If we are not able to accept the item, we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can.

View the Brent Museum and Brent Archives collecting policy for more information.

Curating an exhibition

Brent Museum is committed to producing a lively and varied programme of temporary exhibitions on an annual basis within its two spaces. These are the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the first floor and Community Gallery on the ground floor.

The exhibition programme is intended to cover a broad range of subjects and allows for a combination of internally curated and externally acquired or curated displays. It includes exhibitions:

  • focusing on the heritage and rich cultural diversity of the London Borough of Brent
  • using the permanent collections held by Brent Museum and Brent Archives
  • which are led by the community
  • focusing on broader subjects of more general interest.

The programme for the main exhibition space is set over a year in advance, but we have vacancies in the Community Gallery.

Apply to curate

If you or your community group are interested in curating an exhibition, please contact us to discuss your idea further, and fill in the Brent Museum and Brent Archives exhibition application form

View the Brent Museum and Brent Archives exhibitions policy for more information.

Volunteer at Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Museum and Archives have a variety of volunteering opportunities. Visit our volunteer page to find out more.

Access policy

We are committed to making collections accessible and relevant to everyone, regardless of their background and in consideration of their needs. We aim to provide the widest possible access to the items in our collections in order to promote democratic access to public information and cultural heritage.

The joint access policy document provides details of how we do this.