|'Learning to Cook'|
|In 1901, the London School Board ran 165 Cookery Centres,
107 Laundry Work Centres and 20 Domestic Economy Schools for schoolgirls.
Writing in George R. Sims' book Living London, H.A. Kennedy described
one such institution:
all the older girls from a number of schools around go there in turn, sixteen or eighteen at a time, to be taught that wonderful feminine art - so fruitful in its results for the happiness of Mankind - the art of managing and taking care of a home. Here they learn to dust and clean, to mend and turn garments, and even to buy the domestic stock of possessions, economy being always kept clearly in view. They make their own metal and furniture polishes, and even manufacture make-shift blankets out of brown paper.
|George R. Sims, Living London, vol.1 p.92 (1901-03)|