The archives range in date from the twelfth century Market charter for Uxbridge to the records of the Middlesex Show of the 1990s. Local businesses, societies and estates are all represented.
An important collection is the archive of the Minet estate in Hayes from 1766 to recent years. Local churches, especially non-conformist, and local government, particularly the predecessors of the London Borough of Hillingdon can all be seen here.
At present these are catalogued by index cards and some are typed lists.
The photographs and illustrations range from eighteenth century prints, early nineteenth century photographs and the archive of the Gazette newspaper from 1929 to 1979.
The museum collection also has objects reflecting daily life in the area, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most of this is kept in storage. The collection also includes printed materials and maps which are recorded on the main library catalogue.
We are currently working towards providing a new museum. Meanwhile, if you would like to view some of the museum items, just give us advance notice and we can make them avialable to you.
At the moment many of the communities who have arrived in Hillingdon during the last century are very under represented in our collections. We would particularly like to collect material on these communities; Irish, Asian or African. We would be happy to acquire material of any sort; archive, photographic, objects or oral history, that represents your community. To donate material please contact us.