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School log books from WW2

St Wilfrid’s CP School in Haywards Heath, Sussex, is fortunate in that it has logbooks for the years of the Second World War from the infant department, kept daily by the head of infants. The infant building also survives, standing at the junction of the two main...

Digging for Victory

Napoleon famously said that, “an army marches on its stomach”, and during the Second World War the home front played an important role in keeping the British population and the soldiers fed despite a German naval blockade.  Sailors risked their lives to...

Halifax Explosion of 1917

At 9:05 a.m. on Thursday December 6, 1917, the world’s largest man-made explosion before the nuclear bomb shook Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through human error, the ‘Imo’, a Norwegian relief ship bound for Belgium, had collided with the ‘Mont Blanc’,...

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven Fort sits on the chalk cliff overlooking the entrance of Newhaven Harbour, awaiting an invasion which never came.  It was designed and built under the supervision of a Lieutenant John Charles Ardagh, on the site of a Bronze Age and later a Roman Fort, known...

The Clothes Brush

Velma’s grandmother c1917 When I was growing up, a clothes brush used to sit on a small shelf underneath the mirror of a coat rack in our hall. In my mind, it was just a normal everyday item and I really took no notice of it. It wasn’t until I started...