ROMAN pottery and information about the construction of Wembley are just a few of the attractions at an exhibition marking Wembley History Society 60th Anniversary.
The exhibition has been organised by Phil Grant (pictured), of Crundale Avenue in Kingsbury, who is a member of the society and editor of its journal.
The idea came from a suggestion at a recent meeting and since then Mr Grant has been busy carefully selecting items that he hopes will inspire and interest the community.
The 62-year-old said: “The Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary by using the exhibition to show local people some of the many interesting things from the collection which are now available for them to see for themselves at Brent Archives and Brent Museum.
“Wembley History Society has put on a number of local history exhibitions in the past, but this is the first one for several years.”
Mr Grant said it is the first exhibition the society has held since it donated its entire collection of books, documents, photographs and archaeology material to Brent Archives and Brent Museum in 2010.
Brent Museum and Archives have helped with the arrangements for the exhibition, which opened at the library in Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, last month and will run until March 25.
The town hall has been chosen as the venue because it is the exact spot where the society was founded in March 1952.
Visitors can enjoy illustrated information about the pieces on show and there are also items nearby outside the Paul Daisley Hall, which is just a short walk away.
Mr Grant said one of the most exciting items in the exhibition is a piece of Roman pottery that was found in Kingsbury in 1952, just at the time the Wembley History Society was founded.
He said: “This was rediscovered when the society’s archaeology collection was being catalogued at Brent Museum last year.
“Also in the display case is a wide selection of leaflets from the British Empire Exhibition, which give visitors a glimpse of the items they can see at Brent Archives, whether they want to know more about what countries such as British Guiana (Guyana) and Nyasaland (Malawi) were like in the 1920s, or research the construction of ‘Wembley – First City of Concrete’.”
A number of history society members have worked with Mr Grant for many months to provide information for the display, particularly on items from Wembley in the 1950’s.
Mr Grant said: “The team at Brent Archives and Museum have also helped in putting the exhibition together, particularly Brent Museum volunteer, Leanne Chorekdjian, who played an important part in organising the display objects and giving advice on the notes to explain them.”
The exhibition promises to include fascinating items for both adults and children, with information about Chalkhill’s history dating back 1,000 years.
Youngsters will particularly appreciate reading information, seeing pictures and then being able to look at pieces of 17th century pottery and a King Charles II farthing, dug up at the site of Chalkhill House in 1963.
Mr Grant said: “I am very pleased with the way the exhibition looks. A retired couple were watching through the front of the display case as I put the last pieces into place. Chatting to them, they were fascinated by the bits of archaeology and that these had been used by people living in Wembley hundreds of years ago.
“Youngsters might like to challenge the grown-up with them, to see who can work out the answer to the farthings brain-teaser the quickest.”
The Wembley History Society 60th Anniversary Exhibition is available to view now at the Town Hall Library in Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, until March 25.
Admission is free and visitors can view it seven days a week during the library’s opening hours.