Organized by students in the public history program at Western University, this selection of artifacts from the Museum’s collection examines the history of work in London.

London became a significant manufacturing centre in the late nineteenth and early twentieth and has remained an important manufacturing centre in Ontario. The continuing success of companies such as Labatt, 3M, and Kellogg attest to this. In addition to examining London’s manufacturing history, this exhibition also explores less traditional avenues of labour through domestic and women’s work.

Selections from the collection will include Dr. Richard Bucke’s prosthetic leg, an early twentieth-century McClary stove, and the first Labatt’s advertisement. Together, examples of different types of labour offer a broad representation of the population of the Forest City.