Before Their Time

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. Read from the lense of the 21st Century, one finds that the views of the Harris women are incredibly modern. Education, marriage, birth, and legal status are all touched upon by the family, as well as the topics of work, travel, friendship, work and politics. Five figures form the Harris Family are explored in this exhibition – from the matriarch of the Family, Amelia Harris, to the last resident of the home before it became a public institution, Milly Harris.