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Flowers at the East End Maternity Hospital

Discover the work of Miranda and Octavia Hill’s Kyrle Society, and their mission to ‘bring beauty home to the people’ in the late-nineteenth century.

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Visit the window-gardens of nineteenth century Herbrand Street to explore why an experimental flower show in 1860 was thought to be a solution for the poor living conditions of the working-class parishioners of St George’s, Bloomsbury.

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Geraniums, scripture, and some cold boiled potatoes…

Step into a Sunday School ‘Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition’ from 1889 in Peckham to hear a rather disparaging newspaper report on the children’s exhibits.