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The Brady Girls

September 25, 2023
by the gentle author


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The Brady Girls with The Beatles, 1964


How glorious it is to publish these joyful photographs of the Brady Girls’ Club at the Brady Centre in Hanbury St which are now the subject of an exhibition WE ARE THE BRADY GIRLS, from 6th October to 7th November at the Atrium Gallery, London Metropolitan University, Goulston St, E1 7TP.

The Brady Girls’ Club ran from 1920 to 1970. Led by Miriam Moses OBE JP – the first female mayor of Stepney – the Club supported the community during the war years and after, offering shelter and practical help to hundreds of young women and families.

The exhibition features a collection of photography which was rediscovered in 2016 and has inspired a project funded by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe to record video histories of former members of the Brady Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.


The Brady Girls dance

A Brady Club Social

The Brady Girls and Prince Philip

The Brady Girls drama class

The Brady Girls perform Shakespeare

The Brady Girls on holiday in Oberhofen, 1961

A Brady Girls hairdressing session

At the Brady Girls canteen

The Brady Girls at the beach

The Brady Girls sack race, 1941

The Brady Girls at Bracklesham Bay, August, 1948

The Brady Girls’ camp

The Brady Girls as flappers

The Brady Girls dance class, 1940s

The Brady Girls play at being mothers

The Brady Girl guides

The Brady Girls climb the stairs in Hanbury St

Photographs courtesy The Brady Archive



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  1. Linda Granfield permalink
    September 25, 2023

    Wonderful snapshots! Oh, to have been one of those kids with the BEATLES!!!!

    In the ‘Social’ photo the girls on the left are definitely ‘doing The Twist’–and now I’ll be humming that Chubby Checker song all day….

    Shift dresses, teased hair, and Twiggy makeup. The sixties photos remind me how we all wanted to be in England where everything important to teens was happening!

  2. Adele Lester permalink
    September 25, 2023

    I was a Brady Girl and the top of my head is in the photo with Prince Philip, in the art class.
    Those were the days when kids had something to do almost every night of the week, instead of playing video games etc. The club, in my day, was run by Yogi Mayer, and what a leader he was! To this day his name is mentioned with reverence. May he Rest in Peace.

  3. September 25, 2023

    Oh, if only I could be an honorary Brady Girl!? Please, oh please. Could I? Honestly, I will try to fit in, pay my dues (if any), be friendly and cheerful at all times, and keep up with the latest dance steps. Mashed Potato, Frug, the Monkey, the Swim, the Skate, the Madison (up and back……..).

    Where I grew up, I was part of the Y-Teens, a sub-organization for the national YWCA. When we weren’t amassing “service hours” doing volunteer work in our community, we were…….yep, just like the Brady Girls……. dancing, doing our hair and nails, sewing our own wardrobes, whispering, giggling, rumor-mongering, and more. But, alas, no Beatles. (does it count that I had a big photo of Paul in my school locker?) We would descend on the local Senior Home, and give “fashion shows”, performances, bring baked goods, and attentively listen to the resident’s stories. Oh, and the yearly mother/daughter banquet, where I was so thrilled to show off my pretty Mom. Thanks, Brady Girls and GA — great memories, with a musical soundtrack.
    I’ll be humming all day long.

  4. Sonia Hamelberg permalink
    December 9, 2023

    Oh my goodness…there’s the photo of the Beatles where I was also supposed to be with Janice (small girl). Unfortunately I got the measles and couldn’t be there. So nice to find this website.

    Thank you Brady Club for wonderful memories.
    P.S. I still remember the Brady song.

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