Last week something unusual happened to me; I cried while reading a collection of primary sources. I had come across a bundle of photocopied obituaries taken from the Toynbee Record (the institutional periodical of the university settlement house Toynbee Hall) during the First World War. I stumbled on these documents by chance. I had actually… Continue reading The Historian’s Tears: Toynbee Hall & First World War Obituaries
This letter was written by George Grey Butler (son of the famous social reformer Josephine Butler) to Ernest Aves in 1889. For a time he lived in Toynbee Hall, the famous University settlement in East London. I would be grateful if you can either translate this letter or given me some idea what it might… Continue reading Plea for help: Can you translate this letter to English from latin?
Religion and Material Culture in the Rev. Samuel Barnett’s St. Jude’s Whitechapel vicarage This post is my position paper for the ‘Knowledge on the Mantlepiece’ seminar at the NAVSA/ BAVS meeting in Venice. I welcome any comments or observations you might have on this paper, especially if you are not planning to attend this seminar… Continue reading The Parable and the Mantlepiece
I was recently standing in front of a computer screen with my finger poised, but hovering. I was voting for my favourite poster at the London Transport Museum’s special exhibition ‘Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Design’. As I stood there, I felt a bit uneasy. I couldn’t choose. Slightly bewildered, I ended up choosing… Continue reading Let’s Vote: Voting at the Whitechapel Fine Art Exhibitions