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Current Exhibition

Fulham Palace Through Postcards

8 October 2017 to 15 April 2018

There was a national craze for postcards from 1898 to the end of the Great War in 1918, the so-called Golden Age of the Postcard.  With up to six deliveries a day postcards could be used to arrange meetings, much as we do by texting today.  Picture postcards were produced as souvenirs covering every conceivable aspect of life and death and millions were sent through the post each week.  Although Fulham Palace was a private residence, postcards were sold of the exterior, the interior and the gardens as well of the Bishop of London himself.

This exhibition surveys the variety of postcards from all periods relating to the Palace and explores what they can reveal about its history. It also includes embroidered postcards of the Palace and the garden, made by Fulham Palace volunteers, who took their inspiration from the silk cards produced during the Great War in France. 

Past Exhibitions

The Fulham Palace buildings are a fascinating mixture of architectural styles which have developed over the centuries. This exhibition explored the lives of the different architects who have worked at the site. Stiff Leadbetter, the first known architect to work at the Palace, remodelled the building in the fashionable Strawberry Hill style in the 1760s for Bishop Terrick. By 1818 the Palace had been altered extensively once more, this time for Bishop Howley for Samuel Pepys Cockerell. In 1866 Bishop Tait commissioned William Butterfield to design the existing Gothic Revival Chapel.

The displays looked at the different bishops and their architects who have transformed the Palace over the centuries, along with the different crafts used to embellish the building such as stained glass, plasterwork, mosaic and ceramic tiles.

 

The exhibition told the story of the Great War at the Palace, the role of the Bishop of London during the national crisis and examined the Palace’s use as an auxiliary military hospital during 1918 and 1919.

The exhibition contained the newly acquired autograph album of nurse Sister Mary Latchmore. The images, poems and drawings of the patients give us a powerful insight to life at Fulham Palace during this time.

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