The first Brady Club for Working Lads, was established in 1896, in Durward Street, driven by Lady Rothschild and other wealthy ‘West End Jews’ who wanted to improve the social quality of life and help to Anglicise the ‘East End’ boys, who came mainly from East European refugee families, and whose lingua franca was Yiddish.

In 1925, Miriam Moses established the Girls Club, and in 1935 the girls moved to the building in Hanbury Street, and in 1960 the Boys Club moved from Durward Street to amalgamate with the Girls club in the Hanbury Street building 

This archive of photographs is based on a cache of several hundred photographs that had been ‘lost’ for many years and were recently rediscovered in a loft.

The photos are from the 1940s to the late 1970s. We hope to add to this archive with contributions from former Brady Club members, and the children of former members.

How to use this website

  • The website can be searched by entering the decade, activity or a name.

  • You can see the photos in more detail and read the names of the people we have identified by clicking on each image.

  • Many people have looked at the photographs to assist in identifying the people in them. Not everyone has been identified.

  • Names are listed in alphabetical order (by surname). This standard has been used because many photographs only have a few people identified amongst the many in the picture.

  • If you know someone not identified, please use the contact us to let us know the name using the picture’s number.

  • Also, some people may have been mis-identified, please use the contact us form to tell us about this.

  • If we have placed a photo in the ‘wrong’ era do let us know by using the contact us form.

  • We plan to continually update the site with more pictures; please contact us if you have a picture to add, and we will get in touch to help you send it to us.

  • It would be great if you can give us the names of the people in your photos. If you do not know them maybe our online community will be able to fill the gaps! It would really help us if you can identify the decade in which the photo was taken so that we can add it to the correct location.

  • Scans can be forwarded electronically, but if you have a physical picture, we can arrange to receive and return it back to you.

  • Please take a moment to fill in a contact us form and remember to tick the box to be added to our mailing list to stay in touch with news and (hopefully) events.

  • You can contact us here for more information.