One of the nicest things about being a councillor is that it gives you an insight into often unappreciated part of how local government works. One such area is Brent Archives and Museum.
The Archive and Museum has had a complicated history. It was based in the Grange, at Neasden roundabout. The move to Willesden Green Library Centre is generally agreed to be a big improvement. It was achieved via a Lottery grant.
The archive and Museum are now being rehoused again. Both will be in the new Willesden Green Library development. During the building period, an interim appointment service will be housed across the road at the Council's Grange Road offices. the Museum will do a series of outdoor and outreach services.
I know these will strike many people as less than ideal, but I think they have the potential to be constructive. Certainly, the outreach services during the Kilburn Library refurbishment seemed to help reach new audiences, and I don't see why the same may not be true for the Willesden facilities.
The Willesden project wil also allow us to further develop the online services that are already an important part of the Archive, and could be a more effective part of the Museum.