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Cats, Dogs and Eiderdowns
This is the last posting from The Imperial War Museum - you may be glad to hear. The above is the famous Lord Kitchener poster designed by Alfred Leete to persuade young men to enlist. Britain declared War on Germany on 4th August 1914 shortly after the Kaiser's armies crossed into Belgium. By the end of 1915 two and a half million men had enlisted and in 1916 Parliament passed the Military Service Acts which introduced conscription of men aged between 18 and 41. The way to the "Front Line."…
A new golden age for radio? -
Listen with mother - backbone of the BBC light programme schedule form 1950 to 1982. If there is an orthodox medium that has been given a shot in the arm by new technology it has got to be radio (not Last fm and all that marlarkey) but good old gardeners-question-time type wireless. Radio is in robust health in the UK, most especially the BBC which has recently seen both reach and share of listening hours increase and part of that success is down to new means of distribution, particularly…
A 1940s kitchen complete with washing tub. A 'prefab', a temporary house erected for families made homeless though the bombing raids of World War II. These structures were very well designed with a living room, kitchen, modern bathroom and two bedrooms, and were often better than the family's previous accommadation. Some are still in use today. This prefab is in the Chlitern Open Air Museum and has been furnished in 1940s style.
At home in the past: Man whose house is a shrine to the 1940s
Ben Sansum, from Cambridgeshire, is fascinated by the decade when Britain was at war. He spent years transforming his home into the hope that time forgot.
Washday Blues: how did they keep clean?
Until fairly recently washing was a difficult and physically demanding job. In the Tudor period outer garments belonging to the wealthy could not easily be washed, only brushed and aired for f…