This exhibition at Guildhall Library celebrates the long history of market gardening in Middlesex tracing the growth, peak and decline of the production of fruit, vegetables and flowers in the area.
It reveals the rapid and radical change of land use arising from Londons ever-growing population, from the need to increase food production in the 1800s, to the demand for housing for the new commuter classes in the 20th century.
An invaluable collection of the memories of local people who worked in the nurseries and market gardens of South West London, right up until the last days of the industry in the 1970s, are shared.
The stories of the great gardening dynasties of Middlesex, who developed horticultural expertise, built flourishing businesses and became major employers, are also told; along with those of the seasonal migrants such as the Welsh women who walked every year from Wales and Shropshire to help with the harvest, and the skilled horticulturalists who emigrated from Europe.
The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, Lyon presents a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the great French poster designer Charles Loupot (1892-1962) with material extending over 50 years from the archives of the Bibliotheque Forney.
This exhibition explores the many, often surprising, aspects of Queen Victorias character: devoted wife, dedicated mother, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman.
Follow Victorias story from the room in which she spent her first moments as queen. Trace her journey from young girl to queen enthralled with a new husband, to grieving matriarch and ruler of a vast empire.
Included in the exhibition are iconic, impressive, beautiful and often deeply personal objects, from Victorias simple white silk wedding gown, to the dolls she made, dressed and named as a little girl.
Victoria and the people who surrounded her tell this story: excerpts from her journals, letters and reports from contemporary commentators give insight into the extraordinary life of the woman whose name defined an age.
The Royal Game of the Goose: 400 years of printed board games
Until 14 May 2016
This exhibition, based on Adrian Sevilles collection, brings
together some seventy games on paper. All are of the simplest
kind: throw the dice to race to the end of the spiral
track no choice of move, no skill possible.
of the Goose is the prototype, to which all the games are
related, some using it as a close template for thematic variation,
some being only distant relations.
The exhibition begins by demonstrating the spread and
endurance of the classic Goose game worldwide, and then
shows how educational variants were invented in mid seventeenth-
By contrast, British educational
games are shown as developing a century later. Thematic
sections follow these displays of the games history, and
cover propaganda and polemic, science and invention,
advertising, and some intriguing images of America as
seen from across the pond.
The show concludes with
games arranged for play: try your luck in progressing from
Errand Boy to respected Banker and a good citizen!
Image: Jeu des manchons "la couronne" Paris: Etabs. Robert & Cie., 55 & 57 Rue Louis-Blanc, [c. 1900] Chromolithograph, 260 x 370 mm
"The Age of Steam" Exhibition
Until 28 May 2016
A first exhibition for this recently opened gallery in London will showcase a variety of stunning ocean liner and railway posters from around the world, primarily from the 1920-30s; the Golden Age of Travel.
This was a time when travel was not merely a way of getting somewhere but a destination and an experience in itself. Powered by steam, mighty hand-crafted machines carried passengers for days on their journey to new adventures. The essence of romance and style of this period is truly captured by the elegant poster designs of the era.