Zeppelins over Barbados

Zeppelins over Barbados

Lucy Yates, World War One Project Officer, writes: The Broughshane scrapbooks have been sitting quietly in a dusty corner of the Local Studies archive for 100 years. These are a wonderful resource, collected by the Mayor of Kensington during World War One. They include samples of khaki for troops’ uniforms from Harrods and poignant personal … Continue reading

Christmas has arrived at Brompton Library!

Christmas has arrived at Brompton Library!

Steph, Librarian at Brompton Library, writes:  Brompton has now swung into full Christmas mode! We had our first Christmas craft session last Saturday and the youngsters decorated little card Christmas trees with glitter and all manner of sticky things. Their parents and carers were delighted! Elisabeth has created an Advent Christmas tree and adds a … Continue reading

Coventry Library & women in the Great War

Coventry Library & women in the Great War

Zvezdana Popovic, our Senior Customer Services Assistant, writes: For those who read my previous blog about women in the Great War, I just wanted to update you on two events I had mentioned – my What did you do in the Great War, Grandma? Exhibition and talk, one in the British Library, the other in Coventry … Continue reading

Bombs up the chimney, Electric Babyland & Dirty Snow

Bombs up the chimney, Electric Babyland & Dirty Snow

Daniel Jeffreys, Chelsea Librarian, writes:  The winter began with quite a bang when children’s book author and illustrator Michael Foreman visited Chelsea to talk about the inspiration behind some of his best loved work. He described his wartime childhood in Suffolk and his excitement when one night a bomb flew through his bedroom window, bounced … Continue reading

Our top ten all time best posts!

Our top ten all time best posts!

We were having a browse through the archives and loved reading the posts that stirred the most interest! Revisit the top 10 writings that most tickled your fancy… 1) A little bit of French ooh-la-la! Read all about Margaine-Lacroix and the dresses that shocked Paris 2)  Vogue cover stars at Chelsea Library. The Shrimp, Twiggy, La … Continue reading

The Great War and your ancestors

The Great War and your ancestors

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. This centenary anniversary has made remembrance even more poignant.  The 11th November and Remembrance Sunday help mark the event which brought an end to this conflict. There is more we can do to remember though; we can look at how the war affected the lives … Continue reading