The photographic collection is one of the Museum’s treasures, providing a unique record of British gardens. It contains over one thousand photographs of gardens, dating back to the 1850s, from Gertrude Jekyll’s album (the only album of her photographs in a public collection in Britain), to snapshots by amateurs such as this photograph of the Festival of Britain in 1951.
While the majority are labelled, or have been identified since, there are still some puzzles to be solved. So we need your help! At a time when we appreciate parks more than ever, this week we invite you help us identify the mystery parks in our photographic collection.
Please email our Archivist, Rosie Vizor, if you recognise any of the parks in these images: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to reference the image number, which you can see in the bottom left corner when you click on each image.
This will help the Garden Museum to continue its valuable collections work while the Museum is closed, and will allow you a glimpse into parts of the collection that are not normally on display. Look out for more posts in this ‘Garden History Detectives’ series!