IT was a Conservative conference held in a time of austerity – with the chancellor warning that the country had to live within its means.
LAST week we talked about Neil Mattingly’s increasing collection of Claud Hider photographs, which included some of Tom Hunter and his family.
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CONTINUING our series on the Great War, today we’re looking at the influx of strangers as soldiers arrived in this part of Dorset during wartime.
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Our collection of First World War records is one of the largest in the world. It includes, among many other documents, service records, letters, diaries, maps and photographs. Part of Britain’s folk memory of the First World War is of long lines of Tommies bravely going over the top, resolutely kicking and passing a football as they walked into a hail of machine gun fire.
Iain Adams, of the International Football Institute, looks at what really happened when the London Irish Rifles performed the first football charge at the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915.
The International Football Institute is a research partnership between the University of Central Lancashire and the National Football Museum.
In 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, the British government introduced an Act that would allow them to gather vital information about the country’s population. This information would inform their decisions on identity cards, rationing and conscription.
The night of 29 September 1939 was National Registration Night, and that evening, at 6:30pm, the Registrar General broadcast this message to the nation.
In our collection we have the script (catalogue reference RG 28/164) of the Registrar General’s broadcast, read here by Gary Thorpe.
CAN anyone help identify the year this photo was taken?
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YESTERDAY saw the centenary of the Battle of Loos.
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TODAY we’re beginning a series of articles looking at the First World War in this area.
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HERE are a couple more photos from Mr Fall of Dorchester to enjoy.
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