The Holiday Fellowship, 1947 – 1948

Fragment: Photograph album with 50 photographs recording two holidays organised by the Holiday Fellowship during 1947-48. The Holiday Fellowship was founded in 1912 by the Congregationalist minister and social reformer, Thomas Arthur Leonard, to counter the flow of working people to such commercialised seaside resorts as Blackpool, by providing the …

Home-Finding in the 1930s

Fragments: The Manchester and Salford edition of The Homefinder, Number 34, March 1938; guide to the 8th Daily Dispatch ‘Brighter Home Exhibition‘, March – April 1933; Manchester Old and New, September 1933 In the Britain of the 1930s there evolved an almost perfect match between the socially aspiring sectors of …

Britons Abroad: John Binny in India

Fragment: Two photograph albums with images of the Buckingham and Carnatic textile mills in Madras, Binny and Company’s woolen, cotton and silk mill in Bangalore, and people, streets and buildings in and around Madras. In 1869 the Governor of India, Lord Napier, urged Britons not to neglect the capacity of …

How much is she worth? School prizes.

In the 1880s and 1890s a number of major London publishers produced cheap novels by ‘popular authors’ which, with their typically moral tone, they judged to be suitable for presentation to school children for academic achievement, good behaviour, or regular and punctual attendance. These were not chosen by the children …