The Olympic Way story (.pdf, 1.97MB) - Philip Grant's illustrated article covers the history of this iconic Wembley Park route, from its origins in the 1890's to its construction for the 1948 Olympic Games and changes through until 2017.
Welsh Harp(.pdf, 1.34MB) The Brent, or Welsh Harp, Reservoir has been a feature of the local landscape for more than 175 years, and this illustrated article by Philip Grant will introduce you to its fascinating history.
Sudbury - Then and Now (.pdf, 8.68MB) A collection of old photographs and postcards of the Sudbury area, with matching colour views in 2015 and information on their history, put together during a community local history project, and edited by Philip Grant of Wembley History Society.
British Empire Exhibition
The West Indies at Wembley,1924 (.pdf, 2.58MB)- with many illustrations from the time, Philip Grant describes the part played by the Caribbean islands in the British Empire Exhibition.
When Nigeria came to Wembley, 1924 (.pdf, 1.36MB) - 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 (.pdf, 4.07MB) - 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 (.pdf, 1.70MB) - 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 (.pdf, 1.90MB) - 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.
Homes fit for Heroes (.pdf, 1.96MB) – Willesden Council’s Brentfield Housing Scheme - a facsimile copy of a booklet produced in 1921, giving information, plans and pictures about the District's first Council housing estate, with an introductory note.
Ernest Trobridge - The Housing Folly (.pdf, 1.36MB) A facsimile copy of Trobridge's typescript, with hand-written amendments, for a 1919 article attacking the Government's housing policy for the working classes, and setting out his ideas for cheaper comfortable, practical and spiritually uplifting wooden homes instead. The original document is in the Trobridge Collection at Brent Archives, ref., 19794/ADM/2/6. (.pdf, 101.4kB)
Kingsbury's recycled church(.pdf, 1.40MB) The illustrated story of St Andrew's New Church, Kingsbury, a Grade II* listed building which started life in Central London, by Philip Grant.
Neasden's Railway Village(.pdf, 1.04MB) An illustrated history of the Quainton Street area of Neasden since Victorian times, by Philip Grant.
St Andrew's Old Church - Kingsbury(.pdf, 2.13MB) The illustrated story of Brent's only Grade I listed building, and probably its oldest building, which reflects 900 years of England's history, by Philip Grant
Arthur Wint – Jamaica’s first great Olympian (.pdf, 852.1kB) He was an athlete, airman, doctor and diplomat - Philip Grant's illustrated article tells the story of the man who won Jamaica's first Olympic gold medal, at Wembley in 1948.
Jose Diaz, the Spanish Chairman(.pdf, 1.29MB) 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.
Diary farms in Sudbury - some brief histories (.pdf, 1.42MB) Much of Brent used to be farm land, and this illustrated article by Philip Grant looks at the stories of three farms in the Sudbury area which specialised in milk production from Victorian times, until housing development saw their demise in the 20th century.