EEL PIE ISLAND MUSEUM STEP CLOSER

 

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A museum devoted to a Thames island which played a prominent part in rock music history has come a step closer.

A hotel on Eel Pie Island at Twickenham was the venue for bands including the Rolling Stones in the 1950s and 60s.

As reported by River Thames News a five month museum exhibition about the island last year which included photographs, memorabilia & video received over 1200 visitors.

Now the Mayor of London has granted £8,000 towards the museum, Richmond Council has offered premises and a crowd funding campaign is under way. The museum could open later this year.

The Eelpiland  club on the island played host to many bands and stars. As well as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart & Eric Clapton appeared early in their careers. The hotel burned down in 1971.

The museum will cover the history of the island from earliest times. Today the island has about 50 houses and several boatyards and only accessible by footbridge.

Link to Eel Pie Museum website.

Story dated July 6th 2016

 
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