Peckham’s Pioneer Health Centre was open to local families to enjoy communal sport and leisure activities between 1926 and 1950. It was also a major experiment into the meaning of health. If you’re struggling to stay active at the moment, try some of these exercises, demonstrated on the roof and in the glorious Art-Deco interiors of this iconic building.
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Pre-war keep fit class on the roof. Every part of the building was used. Do you recognise any Peckham landmarks on the horizon?
Pre-war keep fit classes in the Long Room
Post-war keep fit on the roof. ‘The housewives’ own idea and organised by themselves’
Post-war keeping fit to music
Post-war mothers’ group enjoying a keep fit class while the children play in the nursery
A post-war women’s exercise group.