Hi, I’m Helen and my Museum Futures traineeship is taking place at the Garden Museum, Britain's only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens.
In my first two months I have been immersed into the world of museum work, from understanding the procedures followed to ensure objects in the collection easy to identify to how public events are programmed and executed. As part of my core work I’m been looking through and beginning to digitise some of the Museum’s collection and archive of garden design.
We are all naturally curious and I have become particularly fascinated by the large selection of photographic portraits of people in their gardens which the Museum has in the collection. These are not only charming images but give an insight in to historical gardening practices and social customs in a range of gardens: public parks to private kitchen gardens, grand greenhouses to common backyards.
Here I present ten of my favorite portraits that I’ve discovered and digitised so far. All taken around the turn of the century, these images reflect a time when improvements in technology allowed photography to be more widely available.Read More