Gunnersbury Park Museum
A considerable range of archaeologically excavated material from sites across the two boroughs includes medieval pottery and a large collection of Penn tiles from Northolt Manor; production waste from the medieval south Hertfordshire-type greyware kilns at Pinner; Roman, medieval and later pottery and glass from various sites in Brentford High Street; 18th- to 19th-century redwares from the Brentford kilns; and various finds from Chiswick.
Museum acquisitions and collections include numerous local history commemorative vessels and a large number of items of pharmaceutical glass and pottery donated by local pharmacists, amongst which are several decorated tin-glazed ware drug jars.
A major collection of Chinese armorial porcelain donated to the museum is housed in the archive, including plates, teabowls and cups, saucers, teapots, serving dishes, tureens, jugs and bowls. A large punch bowl finely painted in famille rose colours originally came from a public house in Acton. Some items are currently on display, although the bulk of the collections are stored in the archive.
Highlights of the collection:
- Chinese armorial porcelain in blue and white, famille rose, famille verte, and Chinese Imari
- Pharmaceutical ceramics and glass, dating from the 17th to 20th centuries
- South Hertfordshire-type greyware production waste from excavated kilns at Pinner
- Roman, medieval and later pottery and glass from excavations in Brentford High Street and 18th- to 19th-century redware kiln waste from Brentford
- Medieval and later pottery from excavations at Northolt Manor
- Medieval Penn tiles from Northolt Manor
- Excavated ceramics and glass from various sites in Ealing and Hounslow
Tel: 020 8992 1612; Fax: 020 8752 0686
Opening times: Apr to Sept, Mon to Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm; Oct to Mar, Mon to Sun 11.00am - 4.00pm; closed 25-26 Dec.
Access: Partial access for disabled visitors; toilets for disabled visitors; parking; refreshments in park; shop/sales point; Friends' organisation; library/research facilities; education service; outreach programme; guided tours/lectures; corporate events.
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Links to Museum of London Ceramics and Glass website: