Category Archives: Special collections

Poor but loyal – the Coronation of King George VI

We are very lucky to have a dedicated team of Archives and Local Studies volunteers; this piece was written by one of them – In 1937, as the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth celebrated the Coronation of King George VI, … Continue reading

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The Flower Book by Edward Burne-Jones

As so often happens at the Archives, you can be looking for something else and come across an extraordinary find. The Flower Book by Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898) is a series of 38 round watercolours, each about six inches across, painted … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Fulham Palace

The site on which Fulham Palace stands has been owned by the church for over 1300 years. In the year 704 Bishop Waldhere purchased the Manor of Fulham from the Bishop of Hereford. Originally built as a Manor House parts … Continue reading

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The How the District Line came to Fulham

The first urban underground in the world, the Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863 and operated from Paddington (then called Bishops Road) to Farringdon Street.  The first section of the Metropolitan District (MDR) line opened in 1868 and ran from South … Continue reading

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Hammersmith & Fulham Local Studies and Archives – New Home

The Local Studies and Archives recently moved from Lilla Huset on Talgarth Road to the newly refurbished Hammersmith Library on Shepherd’s Bush Road. We are based on the first floor, in a light and airy room, with beautiful stained glass … Continue reading

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All Dolled Up

Lauren Romano uncovers the turbulent history of The Doll’s Hospital, a half-way house for convalescing dolls, which bestowed joy to the many children whose play things it nursed and became the unlikely spoil of a notorious serial killer. A sanatorium … Continue reading

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Modern Publicity – cigarettes and alcohol

Debby Wale, one of our Triborough Reference Librarians has been looking through our reference store at Fulham Library and she’s found some interesting adverts. This advertisement is from Modern Publicity 1937-38. Modern Publicity was an annual publication that ran from 1930 … Continue reading

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