Opening times: Apr to Oct, Mon to Fri 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Bank Holiday 1.00pm - 6.00pm; Nov to Mar, 1.00pm -4.00pm, Bank Holiday 1.00pm - 4.00pm; closed 25-26 Dec.
This is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, situated in the former 19th-century home of a branch of the Rothschild family in Gunnersbury Park.
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.