History of Suburb is put in picture by new exhibition by historyman


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History of Suburb is put in picture by new exhibition
Memorabilia goes on display to mark centenary


Children running in Willifield Way.

Katie Davies AN EXHIBITION looking at the history of Hampstead Garden Suburb has been launched to mark the area’s centenary celebrations. The Church Farmhouse Museum in Hendon opened its doors with a unique collections of photographs, memorabilia and historical items charting the construction of Henrietta Barnett’s dream. The work, compiled by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association (RA), includes pieces never seen before. Georgina Malcolm, RA member, who ran the project, said: “I think it’s looking good. We’ve tried to provide things people haven’t seen already. Lots of local people already have all the books and have seen the usual photos, so we managed to find rare pieces like a historical thing someone kept in 1957 – it introduces that personal association. “There are some very nice things and they should be of interest to the Suburb and other people in the area.” Curator Gerrard Roots said: “It looks at all the aspects, from the vision of Henrietta Barnett – her idealised community – to how that has been fulfilled today. “It looks at how it has changed over its 100 years of existence, the distinctive aspects of the Suburb and its social activities. “The exhibition has everything from early photos of Henrietta Barnett to house plans – there is a


Residents’ Association member Georgina Malcolm with a cottage savings bank. Picture by Nigel Sutton whole sea of stuff. A lot has been loaned to us by local residents, like mugs presented to the horticultural society and photos of the early years during construction. “It is difficult to pick the best pieces because they are all so good but some of the early photographs are particular appealing because of the complete lack of cars. You can compare and see how it’s changed. “The Suburb is in a conservation area and is very strictly controlled so the earlier houses haven’t changed at all. But the appearance of cars is so striking in the photos after the Twenties. “We are keeping the exhibition through the summer to run alongside all the events and we are hoping it can be a focal point. This will be the history of the Suburb and it looks very nice with lots to see for everyone.” The exhibition, Hampstead Garden Suburb: 100 years, is at the Church Farmhouse Museum, Greyhound Hill, Hendon. It is free and open from Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm5.30pm and Sunday 2pm-5.30pm. The museum is closed on Fridays.

Thu 17 – Sat 19 May, 8pm & Sat matinee 3pm Tickets £18 (£16 concessions) 020 8369 5454 / www.artsdepot.co.uk

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