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Eel Pie Island Museum Seeks Support & Crowdfunding

In 2015 the plans for a museum dedicated to the music heritage of Twickenham’s Eel Pie Island became a reality when the museum ‘popped up’ above Twickenham library. It provided a fascinating journey through the Island’s place in Britain’s jazz, blues and R&B music scenes from the 1950’s to the very early 1970’s. The exhibition ran through until the autumn and since then the small team behind it have been looking to secure a permanent home for the extensive collection of musical memorabilia.

The good news is that the Eel Pie Island Museum has just been given the green light from LBRuT to use some space in central Twickenham to establish it on a more permanent basis. Museum Curator, Michele Whitby told twickerati, “This is really exciting news! Last summer proved that there is a ready market of people who want to discover more about the fantastic music heritage of our town, so the team at EPIM are raring to get going again and build upon last years achievements”. Good news indeed.

Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Museum

Michele and co have launched a campaign on crowdfunding website Spacehive to raise some more essential financial support. The project is linked to the Mayor of London’s Crowdfunding Programme, and with a little help from the twickerati, (i.e. you lovely lot), the Museum could receive a contribution from the GLA to boost their coffers. As Michele says, “The more we can prove that the local community are behind us with this, the more likely we are to get a pledge from the Mayor. So, if people could take a couple of minutes to register and ‘like’ the project that would be great. If anyone would also like to pledge an amount to back us, however large or small, then that is even better! Every penny will help to achieve our goal of establishing a permanent tribute to Twickenham’s musical and river-related heritage.”

Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Museum – pop up

If you’re not familiar with Eel Pie Island’s place in the grand scheme of things then you’ll certainly have heard of some of the names that performed at the famous hotel there: Acker Bilk, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Artwoods, Rod Stewart, Davy Jones (soon to become David Bowie) to name a few, but of course there were many, many more.

The EPIM team point out that for the project to really take off the important thing is to show that there’s widespread local support for the idea, so to find out more about it, take a look at the Spacehive link below. The Museum is also keen to hear from any businesses who may want to pledge an amount as a form of sponsorship.

The museum team can be contacted on info@eelpiemuseum.co.uk to discuss ideas and options. The GLA starts judging the various campaigns on 6th June and so there’s no time like the present to help promote the past. Chop chop.

 

LINKS:
* Eel Pie Island Museum on Spacehive
* Eel Pie Island Museum
* Previously on twickerati (Oct 2015)

Other Twickenham Music Heritage Links:
* Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus
* Live Music @ The Eel Pie Club

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Eel Pie Museum – Catch the Pop Up Before It Pops Off

Eel Pie Island was once at the heart of a music scene that helped kick start the careers of many famous bands. Performers who went on to become known the world over included The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. From the 50s through to the early 70s this small island in the Thames at Twickenham was central to a British jazz and rhythm and blues explosion which resonated far beyond the boundaries of south west London’s premier leafy suburb (that’s Twickenham btw).

The Eel Pie Museum explores the contribution of Eel Pie Island to Britain’s music heritage. As you know from previous pieces here on twickerati the museum is still looking for a permanent home but if you want to get an insight into what went down on the island, how it all began, who played and how it all ended then then there’s a pop up exhibition at Twickenham Library. It’s been running over the summer but if you’ve not seen it yet you’ve got until the end of October to take a look. It’s well worth dropping in.

Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Museum

Welcome to Eelpiland

Welcome to Eelpiland

The museum is located upstairs at Twickenham Library and runs until the end of October.
Opening times:
Mon 13.00 – 18.30
Tue closed
Wed closed
Thur 11.00 – 5.30
Fri 11.00 – 5.30
Sat 11.00 – 3.30
Sun 13.00 – 4.30

And don’t forget that if you like your music heritage on the move, there’s always the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus to take you on a tour of the area’s musical sights. Or if you want to hear live R&B today, keeping up the tradition made famous on the island then check out the Eel Pie Club.

LINKS:
* Eel Pie Museum
* Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus
* Eel Pie Club

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Plans for an Eel Pie Island Museum

Eel Pie Island Music LegendsYou might not know it today but Twickenham has a rich music heritage around jazz and rhythm n blues. Well, we say it’s Twickenham’s heritage but it’s fair to say that one small piece of this town is at the heart of it – Eel Pie Island. Perhaps you went along to the Eelpiland exhibition at Orleans House Gallery in 2013. If you didn’t, you should have. It gave a great insight into the Island’s music scene in the 1950’s and 60’s. But what if that exhibition could be made permanent for more people to enjoy? Michele Whitby is a Twickenham local,  Eel Pie islander and a champion of spreading the word about Twickenham’s place in music history. In this guest blog she takes up the story….

Eel Pie Island Museum
Michele Whitby

Plans are afoot to create a new museum in Twickenham dedicated to Eel Pie Island. World famous for its musical heritage, the island also has a fantastic riparian history, all of which really deserve to be celebrated and shared, not just with locals but also the many tourists that visit London.

Richmond-upon-Thames is steeped in history, stately homes and beautiful parks which all make it a great place to visit. But alongside the more traditional attractions, our borough is also sitting on a wealth of very significant musical heritage. Global superstars such as the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and many more, started out on their path to fame and fortune right on our doorsteps. Eel Pie Island played a pivotal part in the British RnB explosion and was a mecca for thousands of music fans in the 1950’s and 60’s; we really should be making more of this exciting aspect of our history.

For today’s sixty-somethings, who were actually ‘there’ when it all happened, the chance to revisit their youth and show their children and grandchildren just how cool they really were is something that is missing from the attractions we currently have on offer. At present we only have the Heritage Board outside the Barmy Arms dedicated to arguably one of the most exciting aspects of the area’s history – Eel Pie Island. The board attracts much attention and almost daily tourists amble over the bridge to the Island seeking a taste of the musical history, but of course the hotel is long gone and there is nothing left to see.

Eel Pie Island Hotel

Eel Pie Island Hotel

So, I want to set up and run an Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham, as close as possible to the Island itself. Continue reading

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Twickenham Festival 2014 – It’s Here! Event Information.

HELLO! The weather might be a bit so-so but the great twickerati (that’s you btw) won’t be deterred by a cloud or two. You’re better than that. What the hell, let’s re-phrase it… we’re better than that!

Twickenham Festival and a load of other summer fun is upon us. We don’t do proper listings on this site (it’s just too hard and we’re just too lazy) but we have pulled out a few highlights for you. And of course, as you’d expect, we’ve provided copious links to sites which contain not only more, but better, information than you’ll find here. So let’s get to it, let’s get ready to #Twickfest!

[UPDATE: And now that things are underway, we’ve created a new item for festival pictures so take a look.]

Morris Dancers outside The Fox, Twickenham

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Autumn in Twickenham: stuff to do

Thames at low tide in Twickenham during the annual weir draw off
Wassup? Can it really be 10 years since people went around saying that on the strength of a beer commercial. Yes, yes it can. Irritating wasn’t it? But we’re not put off. We’ll just keep calm and carry on by highlighting a few of the things that are “up” in Twickenham this Autumn. As you know, we don’t do listings because (a) they’re time consuming and (b) we reckon you’re not that bothered either. Instead we’ve picked out a few things for your edification. Add yours below if you’re so inclined. Oh, and by the way, that picture is of low tide during the annual “draw off” which happens in November. Good eh?

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The Twickenham music scene? Yes, there is one!

Imagine the situation. A legend of the music business approaches you on London Road, Twickenham. And we’re talking someone of the calibre of Jay Z, Rihanna or Joe McElderberry here. They say: “Howdy pardner, I was on my way to Feltham to go ten pin bowling with my homey friends but I got off the train at the wrong stop. I thought I’d check out your lil’ town while I’m a killin’ time. So tell me, blud, what’s the music scene like round these here parts?”

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