PICTURES: Celebrating 150 years of Christchurch’s Priory School

The Priory Church of England ( VA ) School on Wick Lane, Christchurch, is celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year and has many plans in place to mark the occasion.

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Royal Blue charabanc circa 1923 is identified

PETER Sykes of Swanage said the picture of the open tour charabanc on its way to the New Forest from Bournemouth Square circa 1923 printed on April 26 is a Royal Blue charabanc no.12 built by Daimler Co.Ltd in Coventry.

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Bournemouth taxi driver recognised from photo

GRAHAM Banks of Southbourne recognised Bournemouth taxi driver Don White and his Studebaker 1940 taxi with the FLY 94 registration plate parked outside Richmond Hill St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in the picture sent in by Tony Bevan and printed on June 7.

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London trip memories: Pokesdown residents in photo from 1953 are identified

JAN Rawson of Tuckton contacted the Echo after seeing Sue Mathison’s picture of residents from Wheaton, Rebbeck and Roberts roads, Pokesdown, printed in the Echo on March 22 and again on April 19.

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‘A Bit of a Scratch’, a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War

‘A Bit of a Scratch’ explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure that treatment was undertaken by qualified medical professionals. The last century has seen remarkable developments in sexual health, however with rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistant disease, the provision of high quality sexual health services are more important than ever.

This podcast was produced jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). More information on the issues contained within this podcast can be found on the BASHH website and @BASHH_UK.

By: Debbie Manship

Cast (in order of appearance):

  • Narrator: Stephen McGann
  • Billy: Louis Cardona
  • Edie: Lowri Amies
  • Chemist: David Jarvis
  • Doctor: Peter Wickham
  • All other parts were played by members of the cast.
  • Composer: Chris Madin
  • Studio Engineer: Holly Parris
  • Director: Paul Dawson

Produced by Role Call and iD Audio in association with M & F Health Communications”The British Army’s fight against Venereal Disease in the ‘Heroic Age of Prostitution'” by Richard Marshall is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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Medieval treason and magic

In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives’ medieval records.

The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II and his supporters, the Despencers, with a plot that involved wax effigies and pins. In the second part, Sean Cunningham discusses one of the earliest English language statements in legal history; a tale involving a mole catcher and a magical dismembered hand.

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‘It took 28 years after my dad’s death to find out he was a true hero of the war’

VALERIE Reynolds thought she knew her father but it took 28 years after his death to find out that he was a hero who sank enemy ships and survived a German attack in the Second World War.

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Sad news reported in the Echo’s first edition

IT’S time to turn back the clock and enjoy more nuggets from the Echo’s first edition of May 28 1921.

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WATCH: This is what a day out at Bournemouth beach looked like in 1911

This charming footage shows what Bournemouth beach was like in 1911. 

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PICTURES: The people who brought back the trains – 45 years of Swanage Railway

SOMETHING took place in Purbeck yesterday that hasn’t happened for 45 years.

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