Is it because of the health benefits of ‘growing your own’, concern for the environment, the current economic climate or the sense of community that exists at an allotment site? Or are there other reasons?
Will these newcomers last?
The Garden Museum’s new exhibition is designed to prompt debate and collect individual stories and opinions. It is the first exhibition to tell the story of growing food in Britain over the last 100 years. The story begins with the Allotment Act of 1908 and visits key moments in the last 100 years such as the Dig For Victory campaign of the Second World War and the Self-Sufficiency movement through the 1970s.
Included within the exhibition are paintings, artefacts, postcards, advertising material and newspaper clippings, some of which are previously unseen items from the Museum’s collection, and some which are borrowed from other Museums such as the V&A. Also included are items that have been loaned following a national appeal to allotment holders and people with small-holdings to donate photographs, mementos, ephemera and artefacts. More unusual items that appear in the exhibition as a result of this appeal include a homespun jumper from the 1970s, a packet of home-grown tobacco and a homebrew bin.
The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB. http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/ . Tel 020 7401 8865.
The Museum is open 10.30am-5pm every day, except the first Monday of each month. Usual Admission Fee £6 (concessions available).
•Allotment holders who donate a bag or box of fruit or vegetables that they have grown themselves will be entitled to free entry to The Good Life exhibition.
•Only one free entry per person.
•Offer only applies to The Good Life exhibition during October and November 2009.
•The Museum will cook the food donated by allotment holders in its vegetarian café or sell it to the local community.
•The Museum is open from 10.30am-5pm 7 days a week, apart from the first Monday of each month.