100 Years Ago

People gather outside Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire on the 4th of August, 1918 to mark the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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Fourth_Anniversary_of_Outbreak_of_WarOn 4th August 1918 a crowd has gathered before the west front of Winchester Cathedral. Mark the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World

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On this day: the Admiralty Barge

The Royal Navy’s Admiralty Barge is photographed here in Chatham, Kent, England on the 1st of August, 1919.

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The_Royal_Navy_in_Britain,_1919-1939_Q20459The Admiralty Barge at Chatham flying the Admiralty Flag and White Ensign, 1st August 1919,

The_Royal_Navy_in_Britain,_1919-1939_Q20453The Admiralty Barge at Chatham, 1st August 1919.

On this day: anti-invasion training in England

Troops 8th Battalion The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment abandon their bicycles and advance along a country lane anti-invasion exercises Weybourne in Norfolk 23 July 1941. Second Wo

In this image, dated the 23rd of July, 1941, troops of the 8th Battalion, The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, abandon bicycles to advance along a country lane in Weybourne, Norfolk, England.

The exercise, taking place two years into the Second World War, was part of anti-invasion training.

Weybourne was considered to be at serious risk of invasion during the war, and the area was prepared accordingly, including the laying of mines along the coast.

On this day: Reconstruction in London

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This image, taken on the 14th of July, 1955, shows reconstruction in the City of London. The scaffolding surrounds what was left of the church of All Hallows-by-the-Tower after extensive German bombing during the Second World War.

The Tower of London can be seen in the background.

The destruction was particularly devastating as a church had stood on the site since the year 675.

On this day…

Walkabout in Whitefriargate, Hull, by Her Majesty The Queen 13th July 1977. England Vintage.

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Her Majesty, The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh greet crowds in Whitefriargate in Kingston upon Hull, England, during celebrations for her Silver Jubilee. 13th July 1977.

Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives by Rachel Kolsky

Women's London A Tour Guide to Great Lives by Rachel Kolsky

Women’s London is the only guidebook that focuses on the women who have shaped London through the centuries and the legacy they have left behind. This new book provides the perfect opportunity to explore sights, statues, plaques and buildings associated with famous and some not so famous women who have left their mark on London’s heritage, culture and society. Their stories include scientists and suffragettes, reformers and royals, military and medical pioneers, authors and artists, fashion and female firsts … and more. The author, a popular London tour guide and lecturer, specialises in women’s history and has provided a series of original self-guided walking tours taking you to historic areas where important women lived, worked and are commemorated. Illustrated with new full-colour photography and specially commissioned maps, Women’s London will inspire visitors and Londoners alike to discover how much London owes to women.

Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives by Rachel Kolsky

It’s always nice to have historical nonfiction that tells the stories of women. For centuries the world in general has perpetuated the myth that men were the only people who ever achieved anything, which of course is incorrect.

Women’s London gives you information about some of history’s most famous women, but it also tells you some stories about the lesser-known women in the history of the city. For example, we learn of London’s first female cab driver (women were barred from the profession until 1977!).

While interesting, the copy of the book I read had some very problematic formatting. Even big-name guidebook companies like Lonely Planet struggle to make their ebooks accessible, so that’s no surprise.

An interesting book, with some layout issues that will confuse you.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

100 Years Ago: Britain’s Deadliest Explosion

Women_at_work_during_the_First_World_War-_Munitions_Production,_Chilwell,_Nottinghamshire,_England,_UK,_c_1917_Q30011A Around 21 August, 1917

The factory in August of 1917.

On the 1st of July, 1918, the deadliest explosion in British history occurred near Chilwell in Nottinghamshire, England.

The disaster happened at National Filling Factory No. 6, a First World War munitions factory that had been in operation since 1915. The factory was known for its “Canary girls“: women shell makers.

Female munitions workers guide 6 inch howitzer shells being lowered to the floor at the Chilwell ammunition factory in Nottinghamshire, UK. July 1917.

“Canary Girls”

On the day of the disaster eight tons of TNT blew up, killing 134 people and injuring 250 others, however newspapers at the time reported a much lower death toll.

The site of the factory is now home to Chetwynd Barracks.