Friday, 25 November 2016
Keeping the records in Galleywall Rd
Today the centre had an open day and very interesting it was, too.
They had all kinds of exhibits on display including from the marvellously named 'Central Church of England Home for Waifs and Strays', part of a network of church-run children's homes and orphanages. One particularly interesting item was the notebook in which the cook had meticulously recorded in very neat handwriting what the children had to eat each day of the year.
Then, when the archivist, discovered I was the vicar from St James and St Anne's, he dived off into the store rooms and came back with a greal pile of documents concerned with the early days of our two parishes.
For St Anne's there was a list of donors who had contributed to the appeal to provide for the new parish.
Accommodation was to be provided for 1,955 people altogether.
The centre moves to new purpose built accommodation at Lambeth Palace in a few years time, but for the time being it is another ingredient in the fascinating mixture that is Bermondsey.
It is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Details here