Special Collections

These include:
1. Material relating to the history and topography of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the collection was located for seventy years.

For example, in The Romance of the Apothecaries' Garden in Chelsea, published in 1928, F. Dawtrey Drewitt described 'improvements' to the river Thames embankment in 1874.

'The Chelsea Embankment, in all its newness, sweeping away picturesque gardens, river-stairs, barges, and wharves, was execrated by painters. Ruskin accepted it for the sake of Carlyle, who liked it and walked upon it; and most of those who remembered the smell of the mud at low tide, before the new drainage of London was finished, must have welcomed the change. But the Embankment was by no means a gain to the Physic Garden.'

pp. 132-3

2. Material relating to Federations of University Women in many countries, with conference reports and celebratory publications.

For example, in Footprints of Kate Edger, A History of the New Zealand Federation of University Women 1921-81, Winifred Macdonald wrote:

'There is no doubt that the founders of IFUW were progressive thinkers in agreement on fundamental issues. They aimed to encourage women to play a greater part in education and in international affairs. They trusted one another and believed that through personal contacts and friendship they would advance the cause of peace and understanding. There was no desire to set up a separatist or ultra-feminist organisation, nor to force the ideas of one nation on others. Rather they appreciated the value of diversity, believing that each could learn from the other'.p. 17.

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