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Jul 31, 2018

Museum Mystery: Stained Glass

We receive a lot of visitor questions about our stained glass windows. How old are they? Why are they here? What do they depict? 

We’ve done the research and we have answers!

Before the building at 21 Wharncliffe Road South was home to the London Children’s Museum, it was Riverview Public School. Several stained glass windows were commissioned as artwork for the kindergarten classroom and were installed shortly after construction began in 1907.

The stained glass windows were created and designed right here in London, Ontario, by Hobbs Hardware, Co. They are based on the artwork of Clara Burd and come from an illustrated book of children’s nursery rhymes.

Over 100 years later, Riverview Public School’s kindergarten classroom is now the London Children’s Museum’s auditorium, where three of the stained glass windows remain.

There are at least three other pieces in the series, including Simple Simon Met a Pieman, the Big Bad Wolf and Jack and Jill. Two of these remain in private collections in the city of London.



Do you know which nursery rhymes are represented in our stained glass windows? Head over to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and give us your best guess. 

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