Exhibitions

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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.



1918

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.