Hillingdon Culture presents
Ruislip Manor: The Garden Suburb Dream

at Manor Farm House
Ruislip Manor: The Garden Suburb Dream
Temporary Exhibition

Discover Ruislip's ambitious town planning project devised in the early 20th century.

Dates: 14 September to 25* October 2017

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, this exhibition will now close on 25 October, rather than 26 October as originally advertised. 

Opening times:

  • Wednesday to Friday: midday to 3pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: midday to 4pm

Free access and no need to book.

The Victorian industrial revolution changed England's urban landscape. As labourers left the countryside to work in the factories, the cities became overcrowded and unhealthy places to live. Some believed that things could be different.

Ebenezer Howard's book Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, issued in 1898, offered a probing vision. Howard described a utopian city in which people would live in harmony with nature. This spurred the Garden City movement.

The 1909 Housing and Town Planning Act was a catalyst for these ideas to be adapted to the suburbs. The Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council's scheme went down in history as the second project to be accepted in Parliament.

The history of its proposal, some of its key players, and the ethos behind it are the subject of this temporary exhibition.

On display are rarely - if ever - seen objects from the collections of London Borough of Hillingdon's Museums, Archives and Local Studies Service, and the Ruislip Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society.

Enjoy this display in the Provost Parlour at Manor Farm House, Ruislip.  This beautiful Tudor home also contains a permanent exhibition exploring the history of Ruislip Manor throughout the ages.

Show Times

Thursday 26 October, 2017 at
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