Family Photos: The Harris Family at Play
Through 2018, Eldon House Second Floor
What did Victorian Londoners do for pleasure? The answer to this question can be found in the archive photographs of the Harris Family of Eldon House. Historic images of outdoor and community pursuits will be exhibited in this display.
February through August 2018, Eldon House Interpretive Centre
During leisure hours at the front, skilled soldiers created “trench art” from the remnants of war such as discarded bullets and shell casings. Soldiers, such as Teddy Harris of Eldon House, viewed trench art as mementoes of service, and brought many pieces back to Canada after peace was declared, where they remained in family homes for decades. This exhibition showcases the Art, drawing from the Eldon House collection and that of private collector S. Lavender Hurrell, while exploring the traditions and skills behind its production.
Milly: Victorian Girl to Modern Woman
March through September 2018, Eldon House Second Floor
During the lifetime of Amelia (“Milly”)Archange Harris (1868-1959) almost all aspects of social and technological life had altered from the previous generation. As an avid diarist, Milly’s varied experiences were regularly recorded and are able to illustrate her powers of observation – and judgement – from the time of leg-of-mutton-sleeves to the launch of Sputnik. This exhibition aims to track the transformation of a Victorian to a Modern Canadian, through the written and photographic reflections of an independent thinker.
September 2018 through February 2019, Eldon House Interpretive Centre
One hundred years ago, the Western world experienced a massive upheaval. The devastating battles of the Somme and Amiens, Armistice and the end of World War I all occurred while at the same time the “Spanish” flu pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. This exhibition aims to give its viewers a detailed glimpse into the year 1918 both locally and internationally as well as exploring how that momentous year has effected life 100 years later.
A Man of Botany
October 2018 through March 2019, Eldon House Second Floor
In the 1880s the fortunes of the Harris Family of Eldon House improved with a substantial inheritance from the Ronalds Estate, when Lucy Harris became the sole heiress of her English family’s fortune. The wealth that the Ronalds accrued over several generations is linked to the botanical trade and the nineteenth century’s exploration of exotic and medical plants. Hugh Ronalds, Lucy’s great-grandfather was considered a “Man of Botany” and immersed himself in the world of plants. Part of the inheritance that made its way to London Ontario was a large cabinet housing 12 volumes of pressed and identified botanical specimens attributed to Hugh Ronalds. This exhibit explores the story behind the specimen volumes, how and where they were collected and why they are significant today.
SEPTEMBER 2017 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2018, ELDON HOUSE SECOND FLOOR
How did we ever survive before the introduction of email, Twitter and Facebook? Nostalgic images of slow-paced communication in the Victorian days of London, Ontario are in fact fictional. Just as electronic communication dominate the lives of many, written correspondence and communication between family, friends and business or political partners were an important part of the Eldon House Family routine. This exhibit presents nineteenth century paraphernalia associated with letter writing and explores the first-hand historical documents of the Harris Family and “translates” them into tweets.