The Twickenham Museum
Exhibitions : People at Work
  • Female Employment
    The sheer hard work and repetitive nature of “Domestic” duties, as required then, is nowadays difficult to appreciate.,
  • Male Employment and General Employment Trends
    Overall, this was a time when food shopping was carried out every day…,
  • Shops and Shop workers
    “shops in general opened from 9am to 8pm with no closing for lunch. On Saturday it was 9am until 11pm”,
  • Inns and Public Houses
    A change in the law in 1830 (The Beer House Act) allowed a large number of beer houses to open and many later became Public Houses.,
  • Public Service
    Firemen have long played an important role in public service and Twickenham acquired its first engine in 1738.,
  • Waterworkers
    The Metropolis Water Act of 1852 prohibited the taking of water from the tidal Thames.,
  • Nurserymen and Market Gardeners
    In the 19th century Twickenham and Isleworth were important constituents of what was known as The Garden of England.,
  • Transport Workers
    The Railways led to much development and a huge increase in population.,
  • Soldiers
    In 1859 Charles Edward Murray founded the Whitton local volunteer corps,
  • Livelihoods from the River
    Until the 18th century local roads were little more than dirt tracks, increasingly unsuitable for heavy goods, so leading to increased river traffic.,
  • A Twickenham time-capsule
    The items displayed form only a tiny part of the contents of a Twickenham shop that lay undisturbed for decades:,
  • People at Work Display
    Enlarged copies of London United Tramways (LUT) tickets, dating from about 1903.,