Smelling the Victorian chippy 

When I was 15 I got my first proper job in the local fish and chip shop. With my Record of Achievement and newly minted National Insurance card I was interviewed and given a job that paid better than my daily newspaper round. Donning blue and white shirt and paper hat, I scooped chips and… Continue reading Smelling the Victorian chippy 

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The Historian’s Tears: Toynbee Hall & First World War Obituaries

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

Let’s Vote: Voting at the Whitechapel Fine Art Exhibitions

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