In 1951, one hundred years after the Great Exhibition, the Festival of Britain was held. The Festival celebrated the advancements in Britain in arts and sciences after the recovery from World War II. Taking place all over Britain with a focus on the London South Bank, the festival was a celebration of what is coming in the future of Britain but also looked at the past. These figurines are from a diorama of the opening ceremony of the Great Exhibition that was exhibited in the Centenary Pavilion on the South Bank. The people they are depicting are Lord John Russell, who was prime minister from 1846-1852, Joseph Paxton, the architect of the Crystal Palace and a royal herald. These figures come from the Museum of London, which houses a large collection of items from the Festival of Britain, including 36 figures from the diorama.
For more on the Festival of Britain see this previous post.
Taking up photography as a way to support her family when more income was needed, Christina Broom tapped into the lucrative postcard business of the early 1900s. She worked with her husband and daughter (her husband would die in 1912 and the two would continue with the business alone) in their home developing pictures and printing postcards. Broom worked on a wide variety of projects including being the official photographer for the Scots Guards. She also was a published photographer for various publications.
Broom is well known for her images she took of the women’s suffrage movement. These images reflect her work in the field. They are all from the Museum of London. She photographed various important figureheads like Sylvia Pankhurst and important events in the movement including the International Suffragette Fair of 1912 (image one).
The year 1851 marked the Great Exhibition, but it also was a census year in the United Kingdom. This is the census record for Buckingham Palace from that year, which includes the Royal Family and servants. It lists Queen Victoria’s occupation as “The Queen” and Prince Albert as head of the household. The record includes their seven children (she would have nine total) all included their titles in their information. The census includes five female live in servants, all unmarried, ranging from ages 28-55 (the oldest being Amelia Matilda Murray who was one of two Maids of Honor), and birthplaces from all over the United Kingdom. The last servant listed was Selina Lidgields, whose occupation was “Princess Royal’s Dressers”, the Princess Royal (H.R.H. Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa) was 10 years old at the time.
This census record came from the National Archives.
splatterofthought answered: Why not take a look at the history of history? Things like the Crystal Palace dinosaurs or the Natural History Museum. Just a suggestion. :3
Thanks for the suggestions! I actually just finished Richard J. Evan’s In Defense of History, which sort of is history of history and was thinking about writing a review. I actually once started a Crystal Palace dinosaur post and just stopped for some reason so I will get on that! I can definitely do some Natural History Museum stuff too!
I really do want to keep this up but have been discouraged as of lately.
I feel like I don’t know what to post.
It shouldn’t be about the notes and followers, it should be about being a place for me to explore topics, but it would be encouraging.
What do you guys want to see more of?
“Three months Northern Ireland, 11 Weeks Falklands, now report for crowd control outside St. Mary’s Hospital!” (It’s a boy! Prince William arrives.)
This cartoon by Ronald “Carl” Giles (1916-1995) was published in the Daily Express on 22 June 1982, the day after Prince William was born. It depicts a soldier coming home after being gone in Northern Ireland and the Falklands to his exciting family, which is overshadowed with Prince William’s birth. Although seemingly to be showing a commentary on the births overshadowing effect on other events, it is still celebratory of the birth. Giles was known to kind to the royals in his cartoons.
Source: British Cartoon Archive
This film, made by the Crown Film Unit in 1941 and sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, demonstrates how to keep a compost heap. The highly informative film teaches the viewer how to keep a compost heap to obtain manure, something the narrator explains is in short supply due to the war. At the time, a film like this would be highly helpful for those with a garden; in fact it still is helpful today for people who are interested in keeping a compost pile.
Many videos were developed during World War II, for instructional/informative purposes like this one, but also for bolstering moral and providing information on the war itself. The British Film Institute has a large amount of these films on their YouTube site.
Source: Making a Compost Heap video courtesy of the British Film Institute
The first Wimbledon tournament started 9 June 1877 and was played on a croquet lawn at The All England Club. The championship was opened up to amateurs and a total of 22 men (no women were allowed) entered the tournament. The men were told to bring their own rackets and to wear shoes without heels. As for the audience, the lawn was set up to hold a total of 30 spectators and at the final there was 200 spectators fitting into the area.
The winner of the inaugural Wimbledon Championship was Spencer Gore who was also the runner-up for the 1878 championship.
William Petty Fitzmaurice, second earl of Shelburne (1737-1805) served as prime minister of eight months between 1782 and 1783, where he was not very successful and was not very popular with his peers; most notable was Charles James Fox. One of the biggest problems they had with him was his recognition of American independence. Many of the men in positions under him and eventually in February 1783 he was told he needed to resign. He stayed in office until a new administration was formed. It has been written of him that he was “difficult to please, never satisfied with what anyone did, or even what he did himself”.