Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow Heritage ConservationJam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow was an Environment Trust heritage local project that enabled local people to explore the rich history of market gardening in South West Middlesex in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Heritage Lottery Fund resourced the project which ran from 2012 to 2016 and included an exhibition, factsheets, oral histories, education sessions, drama and heritage walks - read more. It also established a Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park  that where we continue to work with local volunteers to grow produce and run community and educational events in heritage conservation.

The project engaged 240 volunteers in varied roles from research and recording oral histories to gardening and designing the exhibition. More than eleven thousand people participated in the project over four years, including exhibition visitors, drama audiences and more than a thousand school children. 

“Excellent example of use of oral history within museum environment. An abundance of
information wonderfully presented.” Exhibition visitor.

“It was the first time I was interviewed about my family’s history of market gardening. It was
all very flattering in a way. I learnt some things I didn’t know as well. Things that go on and
they just get left in families and by the time you find out people have died and it’s all gone.”
Oral History Interviewee. Quotes are in the evaluation report.

Photo © David John Thompson

SCROLL DOWN TO DOWNLOAD RESOURCES:

1. FEEDING LONDON EXHIBITION PANELS (9 panels)

2. FEEDING LONDON EXHIBITION BOOKLET (5 sections)

3. MARKET GARDENING FACTSHEETS (18 factsheets)

4. HISTORICAL TIMELINE (1 leaflet)

5. SOUND CLIPS OF PERSONAL MEMORIES (Link to Soundcloud)

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1. FEEDING LONDON EXHIBITION PANELS

Exhibition panel 1: Feeding London Introduction

Exhibition panel 2: Great Gardening Dynasties

Exhibition panel 3: Varieties and Methods of Growing

Exhibition panel 4: Changing Landscapes

Exhibition panel 5: Dig for Victory*

Exhibition panel 6: Working Lives

Exhibition panel 7: And So To Market...

Exhibition panel 8: Hampton Nurserylands

Exhibition panel 9: Market Gardening Today: the legacy

*Exhibition panel 5 Dig for Victory has been edited for copyright reasons.


2. FEEDING LONDON EXHIBITION BOOKLET

Exhibition booklet Section 1: Feeding London Introduction, Great Gardening Dynasties, Varieties and Methods of Growing

Exhibition booklet Section 2: Changing Landscapes

Exhibition booklet Section 3: Dig for Victory, Working Lives

Exhibition booklet Section 4: And So To Market, Hampton Nurserylands, Personal Memories

Exhibition booklet Section 5: Market Gardening Today: the legacy


3. FACTSHEETS

A W Smith

Brentford Market

Dig for Victory

F A Secrett

Francis Dancer

Hampton Nurserylands

Heritage Potato

Heritage Varieties

Hounslow Nursery Gardening Dynasties

Immigration and Migration

Lost Varieties

Market Gardening Factsheets List of Resources

Methods of Growing

Poupart family

R D Blackmore

S Spooner

T W Beach

William Whiteley


4. HISTORICAL TIMELINE

Historical Timeline leaflet

5. SOUND CLIPS

Hear the voices of people who remember the market gardens and Nurserylands.

Listen to the sound clips