Past Exhibitions

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Family Photos: The Harrises at Home

Through 2016, Eldon House Second Floor

Western Archives holds a huge collection of historic photographs attributed to the Harris family who lived at Eldon House. This exhibit will allow visitors an intimate view of the family, their home and their gardens.

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The Lost Art of Bobbin Lace

March-July, Interpretive Centre

Generations of women, such as those in the Harris family of Eldon House were “brought up to the pillow” creating intricate pieces of handmade lace that were soon replaced with machine-made products at the end of the Victorian era. As the first in a series on “women’s work”, this exhibit explores the rise and fall of an elaborate art form and illustrates the complicated process of creating bobbin lace.

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Teddy: A Military Gentleman

April-July, Eldon House Second Floor

The exhibition is the second in a three-part series that explores the life of Edward Montgomery Harris (1880-1953). Beginning in 1900, after leaving school and joining the Commonwealth Armed Forces, this exhibition explores “Teddy’s” travels, through Britain, India and Canada and observes the life changes wrought by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the era leading up to the outbreak of World War I.

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The Irish Connection: The Fenian Threat, London West and the Harris Family

May-September, Eldon House Interpretive Centre

The Harris Family of Eldon House was well aware of the issues influencing the Fenian Brotherhood and their uprisings in Canada and the United States between the years 1866-1871. This exhibition will illustrate how the “Fenian Raids” impacted those living in Upper Canada, through the diaries and letters of the Harris Family, while highlighting their own involvement in the defence of the empire.

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Before their Time: The Harris Women, Feminism and Suffrage

September 15 2016-January 2017, Eldon House Second Floor

Through their intimate diaries and letters, a wealth of observations were made about femininity in the 19th and early 20th Centuries by three generations of Harris women. Education, marriage, birth, and legal status are all topics touched upon by the family and illustrated in this exhibition, leading to their involvement with and celebration of women’s suffrage.

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Women’s Work

August-December, Eldon House Interpretive Centre

Generations of Harris women performed tasks that were expected of them according to their era’s etiquette. From lacemaking to laundry, this exhibition aims to explore the fashion of “women’s work” as experienced by the upper middle class.

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Winter Sport in London, 1885

October-February 2017, Eldon House Interpretive Centre

This exhibit explores the many sporting pursuits of the late Victorians in London, Ontario. Tobogganing, skating, hockey, lacrosse were all enjoyed by Londoners. Using public and Harris archives, the outdoor enjoyment of winter 1885 will be explored.

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Christmas Past

December, Eldon House Second Floor

Western Archives holds a huge collection of historic photographs attributed to the Harris family who lived at Eldon House. This exhibit will allow visitors an intimate view of the family, their home and their gardens.