Gertrude Bell Queen of the Desert

by Karla Thomson Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree, I came across the incredible story of Gertrude Bell and immediately became a huge fan of this Queen of the Desert. Bell was a woman who died as she lived, entirely on her own terms. Bell was a writer, traveller, administrator, archaeologist and eventually political officer. … Continue reading Gertrude Bell Queen of the Desert

Masculinity, Myths and Morale: The Wipers Times

By Karla Thomson “Paper was there, ink in plenty, everything in fact except ‘copy.’ As none of us were writing men, we wrote down any old thing that came into our heads.” Fred Roberts, The Wipers Times, (1916) If I was to ask you to describe The Wipers Times, the likelihood is it will evoke … Continue reading Masculinity, Myths and Morale: The Wipers Times

‘Doing everything together’: the experiences of the Dodsworth sisters during the Great War

By Dr Linda Maynard Like many of their middle-class peers, after the declaration of war in 1914, sisters Kit and Eve Dodsworth immersed themselves in wartime initiatives: collecting for Belgian refugees; helping with teas at the YMCA; knitting socks for the troops; and filling hot water bottles and other ‘thankless’ duties at their local hospital. … Continue reading ‘Doing everything together’: the experiences of the Dodsworth sisters during the Great War

‘The right kind of cooking utensil is as important as the right kind of weapon’

by Clare Wichbold 'The right kind of cooking utensil is as important as the right kind of weapon' This quote was penned in June 1942 at the height of the Second World War by Constance Chellingworth Radcliffe Cooke (1877-1963), who campaigned on a wide range of causes. She was the oldest daughter of Charles Walwyn … Continue reading ‘The right kind of cooking utensil is as important as the right kind of weapon’

CWGC x Herstory Club: Elizabeth, Liz and Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

To finish the inaugural War Graves Week, the CWGC’s main events are ending in the North of England at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC in the North of England are Liz Marsland and Elizabeth Smith. Liz Marsland Liz is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the North West of England, … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Elizabeth, Liz and Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Patricia, Sehar and Comely Bank Cemetery

The main War Graves Week events have moved from Wales to Scotland today, to Edinburgh (Comely Bank) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC who cover Scotland are Patricia Keppie and Sehar Sardar. Patricia Keppie Patricia is the Public Engagement Coordinator for Scotland (East), which covers the Scottish Borders, Lothian, Midlothian, the City … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Patricia, Sehar and Comely Bank Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Amy, Sarah and Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

On Day Six of War Graves Week, the main CWGC events have moved into Wales and to Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC who cover the West Midlands and Wales are Amy Kitcher and Sarah Moody. Amy Kitcher Amy is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the West Region, which covers … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Amy, Sarah and Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Rebecca, Jane and the Plymouth Naval Memorial

The main War Graves Week events today are now in the South West of England, at Plymouth Naval Memorial. The Public Engagement Coordinator for the CWGC who covers the South West is Rebecca Smith. Rebecca Smith Rebecca says that getting out and about and meeting with people who are passionate about history, their ancestry and … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Rebecca, Jane and the Plymouth Naval Memorial

CWGC x Herstory Club: War Graves Week

From the 21st - 28th May, Herstory Club are delighted to be joined by members of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission team. The CWGC's staff, supporters and volunteers work to preserve the commission's unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died during the First and Second World War … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: War Graves Week

Downton Abbey and the Disabled Servicemen of the First World War

by Beth Wyatt A decade ago this year, ITV’s aristocratic period drama Downton Abbey returned for its second season. Following on in theme from the dramatic conclusion of the first series – which saw Lord Grantham announce the outbreak of war to his family, domestic staff, and garden party guests – these episodes depicted the First World … Continue reading Downton Abbey and the Disabled Servicemen of the First World War