Pictures Michele Whitby

An exhibition charting the history of one of the best-known islands in the Thames has opened in Twickenham.

Eel Pie Island is famous for its place in rock history - bands like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and the Who appeared at the island's hotel before they were famous.

It is hoped the exhibition at Twickenham Library until October might be a forerunner to the establishment of a permanent museum about the island.

One of the organisers Michele Whitby who has lived on the island which is close to Twickenham town centre, for many years said: "It has a fascinating history and the exhibition covers both the music and the boatyard tradition of Eel Pie.

"We have had an enthusiastic response from local residents but even from overseas visitors who happen to have picked up a flyer advertising the exhibition.

"But we have also come across some local people who have been unaware of the history of the island.

"We are getting strong interest in our long-term aim of establishing a museum which is our ambition."

The music venue the Eel Pie Island hotel closed for good in 1969 and a fire destroyed the venue in 1996. Souvenirs like the tea-towel (pictured) are on sale at the exhibition.

As well as celebrating Twickenham's musical history, some of Eel Pie Island's most celebrated residents are featured in the exhibition, including Trevor Baylis who invented the wind-up radio among other inventions.

To find out more about the museum, visit

Twickenham Library website is HERE

Story dated August 25th 2015




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