New additions to the Archives collections

Jayaben Desai at the police line during the Grunwick Strike

As we return to work after a bank holiday, the Archives is pleased to be adding some fascinating new material to its collections. These new donations will be packaged carefully and preserved in our store to ensure that they last a good deal longer than the Easter eggs that many of you will have received this weekend! Like all our collections, these new additions, or ‘accessions’, will be preserved and catalogued to make them accessible for current and future researchers, residents, and anyone else interested in the rich history of the borough.

South Kilburn is currently hosting some exciting public art projects, and we are delighted to be able to be adding material relating to the recent Workshop 24 project, run by the Empty Shops Network. Based in an empty shop at Peel Precinct, south Kilburn, between November 2010 and March 2011, Workshop 24 saw artists and local residents working together to produce new works and learn new skills. These kind of ‘pop-up’ projects in empty shops are an exciting and increasingly widespread way of working at a local level to support businesses and social enterprise, provide space for creative and cultural activity, and help bring life back to town centre spaces at a time when 15% of shops are empty. We think it is important to record the impact they have on the community after the projects have finished, and preserving Workshop 24 material will provide a record of this piece of the South Kilburn story.

We have also received a new donation of material from Brent Trades Council following the Tribute to Jayaben Desai that they held at the Tricycle Theatre last week. Mrs Desai, who sadly passed away in December, led the striking workers in the Grunwick dispute, which took place between 1976 and 1978 at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Willesden, and was a significant milestone in the history of labour relations and trade unionism.

The new accession, which includes posters and copies of press cuttings and the film ‘The Great Grunwick Strike – a history” will be added to the collection of strike material previously donated by the Trades Council.

These new accessions will be added to our online catalogues and are available for you to view and use for research, or just for interest.  If you would like to arrange a visit to Brent Archives, or have other material which you think might be suitable for addition to our collections, please do contact us.

Posted by Kate.