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Eel Pie Island Museum, Twickenham

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Eel Pie Island Museum is a volunteer-run museum on Richmond Road in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It opened in February 2018 and tells the story of Eel Pie Island, including its historic boatyards (some of whose boats took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940), its contribution to the development of the popular music scene in the 1960s (the island had a hotel whose ballroom hosted some important music acts), and the life of the wind-up radio inventor, Trevor Baylis, who was a resident of the island. The museum's founder and curator is Michele Whitby.
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  • WHAT IT IS. Follows the history of Twickenham's Eel Pie Island. Two themed rooms - Eel Pie Hotel: you get to choose to play from a pile of records. Some of these bands performed regularly at the...  more »
  • A wonderful small museum. Really helpful friendly and informative staff. A fascinating insight into the music history of eel pie island. Also how it is today.  more »
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  • The staff here are very kind they take the time to speak to all of the visitors and share their enthusiasm for this piece of cultural heritage. You have to visit the island first to truly appreciate the history. It's certainly worth the entrance fee. You'll probably spend about an hour here. The museum is not open throughout the week and you should check opening times online. You need to ring the bell to get access so don't presume the museum is closed if you can't get in.
  • Great place for any music enthusiast. Not huge but plenty to see if interest. It's run by some really knowledgeable enthusiasts who have lots of anecdotes about the gigs and the island.
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