The Beatles in Twickenham
Photo courtesy of The Ronald Grant Archive
The Beatles in Twickenham Exhibition
2nd May – 16th August,
Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm | Free
*Closed Bank Holiday Monday 27th May
The Beatles in Twickenham, is a project developed by The Exchange, St Mary’s University, supported by Richmond Borough Council’s Civic Pride Fund and Twickenham Studios. The project will focus on and celebrate a unique period in the 1960’s when ‘Swinging’ London was at the heart of the pop, film, art and fashion worlds, and the Twickenham area developed a long association with the most famous pop group in the world.
The project is timed to mark the 50th anniversaries of both the historic Hey Jude TV broadcast and the subsequent Let It Be sessions in January 1969, both filmed at Twickenham Studios. Before this The Beatles had already formed a strong connection with the area, making a number of their ground-breaking feature and promotional films in part at least, at the St Margaret’s-based studios. Famous filming locations included a key sequence in Help! Filmed on Ailsa Avenue, and Ringo’s famous pub scene in A Hard Day’s Night (filmed in the Turks Head on Winchester Rd).
Nonetheless, the team behind the project, were surprised to find that until now, the connections between the area and the Beatles, have remained relatively undocumented.
Stuart Hobday, Creative Director of The Exchange, said “Surprisingly, when we began researching this project, we found that there is relatively little on record in the form of accessible materials that document the Beatles’ time filming in the area. Much of the heritage on which this project focuses therefore exists only in people’s memories – memories which will eventually be lost if they are not captured and preserved now.”
The exhibition will run at The Exchange for 3 months and will feature photographs, posters and personal memories making all the links between The Beatles and their activity in the Twickenham area. Over the three months there will also be some live events and film showings which can be seen on The Exchange website.