Brent Libraries, Arts and Heritage newsletter: November

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November 2019

Great events in November at Brent Libraries

Coffee mornings at Kilburn library are the place to go!

Following on from the successful launch event Kilburn library are delighted to offer two more exciting and engaging talks:

  • Keats and Wordsworth: their lives and loves, Wednesday 6 November
  • Palestinian Embroidery: Poetry, Politics, Resistance, Wednesday 4 December

Both events will be 11am – 12noon

We’re also hosting a fascinating evening talk in December, and getting in to the festive spirit with mince pies and mulled wine:

Willesden on Page, Stage and Screen , Tuesday 10 December 6.30 – 7.30pm

From Jack Sheppard (1840) and Abednego the Money Lender (1843) to White Teeth (2000) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), Willesden has featured in best-sellers read around the world. 

The Library at Willesden Green, a bit of this and a bit of that…


Our Black History Month programme continues into November with the following events:


African and Caribbean and British Roots: Who Do You Think You Are?

Tuesday 12 November, 6.15 – 8pm

Historian and researcher on Who do you think you are? Paul Crooks traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Paul will talk about his book on the subject and his journey to find his family history.

Book here


Not to be missed!

Uncover the Missing Chapter, Thursday 14 November, 7 – 8pm

Talk for adults with Ali Eisa from Autograph who uncovers the stories behind The Missing Chapter portraits.  Hear more about the diverse range of black lives in Britain during the Victorian era, including performers, politicians, servicemen and women, royalty and missionaries.  Learn how these photographic portraits were found buried in the archive for over 125 years and how they have been located, recovered, printed and brought to the public.

Drinks and nibbles provided.


Other choice events to whet your appetite…

 Fanny Mendelssohn: Her Life and Music, Thursday 21 November, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was as talented as her brother Felix, receiving the same musical education and composing prolifically in her teens.  She was persuaded by their father to take a back seat in favour of her brother.  Fanny married artist, Wilhelm Hensel, who was proud of his wife’s gifts, and enjoyed collaborating with her.  She continued to compose and conduct in private.  Aged 40, in spite of her brother’s disapproval, she finally dared to publish a few compositions and was beginning to receive public acclaim when she suddenly died aged 42.

Discover her little known story, with music by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, portraits by Wilhelm Hensel, watercolours by Felix Mendelssohn and paintings by Caspar David Friedrich. 

£3, book here


Family History Research 101 – How to get started

Come and join Brent Museum and Archives for a free workshop to help get you going on where to start with your Family History Research. Explore the resources available in Brent Archives, how to access them, and what external avenues there are that can help you along your genealogical journey. A free event in the Archives Searchroom (second floor), The Library at Willesden Green on Tuesday 26 November at 6:30pm.


And more library events coming soon

Vegetarian and Vegan Delicious Sweet Yummy Christmas Edibles!

Thursday 5 December, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Learn to make Christmas themed sweets and desserts using seasonal ingredients such as quince and chestnuts with Kerstin Rodgers, aka msmarmitelover a local chef and food writer and award-winning blogger.

£3, book now


Charlie Chaplin: Beyond the Tramp, Friday 13 December, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Charlie Chaplin was the world's first truly global movie star and his persona as "the Tramp" is now iconic. His journey to this character took some surprising turns in the early days of his career.  Find out more in this talk plus film screening - hilarious 1921 short film "The Idle Class", with our regular film historian Will Bird.

 £3, book now

Exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green

House of Life Exhibition

Come and explore the House of Life exhibition at The Library at Willesden Green. The exhibition looks at the never before seen heritage of London's pre-eminent Victorian Jewish Cemetery. Introducing visitors to the fascinating lives of selected individuals buried there, describing the Jewish approach to death and mourning, and giving a glimpse of the cemetery buildings and landscape. With upcoming supporting events such as Death Café, a conversation over tea and cake about what comes to us all. For adults only in the Education Room, The Library at Willesden Green on Sunday 10 November 2.30-3:30pm. Free entry by prior registration - and Curator's Talk, taking a look behind the scenes of the House of Life Exhibition and the National Lottery Heritage project in the Reading Room, The Library at Willesden Green on Tuesday 19 November 1-2pm.

Brent Culture 2020


Be a part of the London Borough of Culture launch

Brent’s year as the London Borough of Culture is just around the corner and we’re looking for as many residents and locals aged 16 and over to take part in our grand opening event on 18th January.

The show will be a large-scale outdoor display with a local community cast of hundreds, telling the story of Brent through dance, projection, film, and with an incredible soundtrack

We’re looking for people to get involved with a mixture of dance and movement but no experience is necessary – just enthusiasm and a commitment to rehearse once a week and be available for the launch date itself.

For more information and to register visit our website