Gunnersbury Park & Museum, London
The Rothschild family occupied Gunnersbury for over 100 years. The Gunnersbury Park estate was purchased by Hannah Rothschild (1783-1850), acting on behalf of her husband Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836) in 1835. In 1850, Nathan’s son Lionel (1808-1879) took over the estate, enlarging the park in 1861 and adding a pleasure lake and boat house. Here, Lionel and his wife Charlotte (1819-1884) entertained on grand scale. Upon Charlotte’s death, the estate passed to their youngest son, Leopold (1845-1917) who enlarged the estate by purchasing the adjacent property in 1889 to provide extra bedrooms for guests. He transformed the gardens, creating a heath garden, an ivy garden and an Italian garden. In 1900, he created a Japanese garden.
In 1917, Gunnersbury Park was inherited by Leopold’s son Lionel (1882-1942); Lionel purchased the Exbury estate in Hampshire in 1919 and from then on devoted his energies to creating his famous rhododendron gardens there. In 1925, Gunnersbury Park was sold to the Boroughs of Ealing and Acton for use as a public park and museum, both of which remain open to the public today.
Gunnersbury Park, publications, 'Gunnersbury Park - some historical notes', c.1930
000/2448, 6 items
Gunnersbury Park, publications, 'Gunnersbury Park - some historical notes', 1930: six numbered copies of a booklet, Gunnersbury Park, being some historical notes on Gunnersbury Park, (The Times Works, Ealing, c.1930). Gunnersbury Park was acquired from the Rothschilds for the use of the public by the Town Councils of Acton and Ealing, with the assistance of Middlesex County Council. In its new guise, it was opened by the Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain, Minister of Health on 21 May 1926. In 1927, the U.D.C. of Brentford and Chiswick agreed to participate in the ownership and management of the Park. The brochure, published in the early days of public ownership of Gunnersbury Park, includes black white photographs of the interior and exterior of the large mansion and features of the grounds, and was designed to be sold to visitors.
Gunnersbury Park Museum, postcards, c.1970-2000
000/698 and 000/898, 13 items
Postcards published by Gunnersbury Park Museum; Views of the Mansion, Rothschild town chariot, Rothschild posting chariot, Gunnersbury kitchen staff, 1914, the kitchens at Gunnersbury; the painted ceiling (the four seasons) Gunnersbury Park Mansion.
Gunnersbury Park Museum, sundry publications, 1984; 1993
000/2578/1-2, 2 volumes
Gunnersbury Park Museum, publications:
- Gunnersbury Park and Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, (London Borough of Hounslow Department of Arts and Recreation, 1984);
- Gunnersbury Park and the Rothschilds, Ann and James Collett-White (Heritage Publications/Hounslow Leisure services, 1993).
Gunnersbury Park & Gunnersbury Park Museum, material pertaining to Gunnersbury Park and Museum's Lottery Submission, and sundry related reports, 1993-1996
000/1277, 2 boxes
Material pertaining to Gunnersbury Park and Museum's Lottery Submission, and sundry related reports:
- Lottery Submission, Gunnersbury, 'Into the 21st Century'; [18 reports each covering a different aspect of the proposals], 1994-1996;
- Folder of Gunnersbury Park Development and Management Plans, 1994-1998;
- Folder of sundry reports: Gunnersbury Park: aspects of Conservation; Proposal for refurbishing the Carriage gallery; Gunnersbury Park Tree Survey; Archaeological Survey of Princess Amelia's Bath-house, Gunnersbury Park; Schedule of works to Princess Amelia's terraces; Gunnersbury Park & Museum Guidebook, 1993; 2001;
- Two reports: Gunnersbury Park: Appraisal of Historic Landscape issues in the Heritage Lottery Fund Bid (text) and Gunnersbury Park: Appraisal of Historic Landscape issues in the Heritage Lottery Fund Bid (illustrations), January 1998.
Gunnersbury Park & Gunnersbury Park Museum: Japanese Garden, proposals for restoration, reports, 2000
000/1205, 2 volumes
Gunnersbury Park & Gunnersbury Park Museum: Japanese Garden, proposals for restoration, reports, 2000:
- Report, Proposals for the Restoration of the Japanese Garden in Gunnersbury Park (Gunnersbury Park Joint Committee, January 2000);
- Report, Description and analysis of the Japanese Gardens, Gunnersbury Park (John Lowe for the Gunnersbury Park Joint Committee, March 2000).