Waiting for Dr Barber
This 1950s child's chair is taken from the waiting room of Dr F. Barber at 38 Brookfield Park in Dartmouth Park. Many of Dr Barber's patients were children from immigrant families. This is one of several plywood chairs for children that came from his surgery. As they waited for their appointment, children could play with dolls dressed in their national costume. The dolls were donated to Dr Barber by his patients, many of whom were Jewish.
New to London
Dr Barber was a Jewish immigrant who escaped Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. He arrived in London in 1949 with his wife and set up his own doctor's surgery. In 1956 he and his family moved to Brookfield Park.
Life as a busy doctor
Until 1978 Dr Barber also worked at a doctor's surgery on Essex Road in Islington. He later moved back to work full-time at Brookfield Park.
Museum number 2002.10/6