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Whose Town? Florence Morham

Whose Town? Florence Morham
Whose Town? Florence Morham
Whose Town? was an educational resource built on the heritage collections of the City of Edinburgh. It was developed by Edinburgh City Libraries in partnership with Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh City Archives. The resource was launched in 2011 and unfortunately is no longer available in its original format, however, we have created exhibitions here on Capital Collections to provide schools with access to even more material and to allow a wider audience access to the fascinating stories told in Whose Town?

We are also working on recreating the life stories as digital trails on Our Town Stories.

Whose Town? looks at Edinburgh from 1850 - 1959 to discover the city's past through the lives of the people who lived there. We have used people who lived in Victorian times, at the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Second World War and in the Fifties. There are fourteen lives to discover as well as exhibitions about each of the four eras.

Florence Mary Morham was a Victorian child born in 1881. Her father, George Morham, was a surveyor and civil engineer and they lived in the affluent area of the Grange. From the age of 5, Florence attended the Edinburgh Educational Institution for Young Ladies learning "female accomplishments". The family spent summers at a house at West Pans and played on the nearby beach. George Morham was a keen amateur photographer and through his photographs we gain an informal insight into middle class family life at this period. This exhibition contains many images taken by George Morham of his family, Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. There are images too of places Florence would have known such as Edinburgh Ladies College, Jenners and St. Andrew Square as well as items of clothing and toys from the Victorian period.

Find out more about life in Victorian Edinburgh.

Whose town? is supported by funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.