In September 2013, researchers from Europe, Australasia and North America launched the Society for One-Place Studies. A worldwide community where family and local history unite, its membership hit ‘two score and ten’ within weeks and the dedicated founders have developed innovative collaborative projects along with a plethora of society benefits and educational opportunities to ensure continued membership growth.
Early foreign trade brought the need for increased passenger travel and gradually ships were built to meet the demand of accommodating their precious ‘human cargo’ on crossings to all four corners of the globe. Conditions varied depending upon the historical period in which the journey was undertaken and the social status of the passenger; the traveller’s personal circumstances and reason for the voyage could greatly affect their experiences onboard.
Missing marriage record Ihave been tracing the family history of ‘Miss’ Margaret Carr who died in Wimborne, Dorset in 1998 aged 95. She told many stories about her life in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) – she went into Belsen with food, she worked with Churchill in the Cabinet Rooms etc. However when I received her army records I found that Carr was her married name; she was born Ivy Margaret Enoch in 1903. I have found information about her early life once I knew her birth name was Enoch but I am unable to find any information about her marriage.
Most town and cities in Britain have public parks where residents or visitors can sit and admire the flowers or where the more energetic can engage in sporting activities. In this respect, we are more than likely following in the footsteps of our ancestors, many of whom will have spent much of their valued leisure time in the local parks. It was during the Victorian era, especially following the 1871 Public Parks Act, that so many of our local parks came into being.
In 1914 Britain was home to at least 10,000 black Britons, many of African and West Indian heritage. Most of them were loyal to the ‘mother country’ when the First World War broke out. Despite being discouraged from serving in the British Army, men managed to join all branches of the forces, while black communities contributed to the war effort on the home front. By 1918 it is estimated that Britain’s black population had trebled to 30,000, as many black servicemen who had fought for Britain decided to make it their home. It was far from a happy ending, however, as they and their families often came under attack from white ex-servicemen and civilians increasingly resentful of their presence. With first-hand accounts and original photographs, Black Poppies is the essential guide to the military and civilian wartime experiences of black men and women, from the trenches to the music halls. It is intended as a companion to Stephen Bourne’s previous books published by The History Press: Mother Country: Britain’s Black Community on the Home Front 1939–45 and The Motherland Calls: Britain’s Black Servicemen and Women 1939–45.
The earliest garments known to man were essentially cloaks – protective furs or animal skins worn across the back and shoulders. Woven textiles evolved during the prehistoric era and un-sewn square, rectangular or semi-circular lengths of cloth, or circular bell-shaped cloaks with a simple hole for the head, were worn over the inner clothes, providing a warm outer layer. These basic wraps, tied, pinned or draped around the body, also served as blankets at night for ordinary people worldwide, such as the Roman soldier, the Scottish Highland shepherd in his plaid and the desert Arab in his burnous, their size and material determined by climatic conditions.
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