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Downton at War

[Spoilers ahead - but come on, it's been a decade!]  In an attempt to stave off the Lockdown Three boredom, two weeks ago I sat down to finally watch Downton Abbey. Yes, I know I'm a decade late to the party. When Downton…

The World's Youngest YMCA Member

As part of the YMCA's holistic support for soldiers during the First World War, the organisation made arrangements for the loved ones of the 'dangerously wounded' to be able to visit them in the hospitals of northern …

DPhil Diaries 14: Running in the Footsteps of Vera Brittain and Geoffrey Wellum

In the quiet lockdown evenings this week I've been listening to the audiobook  First Light,  a memoir of Geoffrey Wellum's life as an RAF fighter pilot in the Second World War. Prior to his service in the Battle of Britai…

Adventure and Tragedy: The Life of Mrs Alec-Tweedie

In the years before the First World War, Ethel Brilliana Tweedie had established herself as a pioneering woman. Writing under the name Mrs. Alec-Tweedie, she was one of the world's first female travel writers, journeying from…

DPhil Diaries 13: New Year, Same PhD

The start of a new year and we're back into lockdown. It's been hard of late to be excited about much, but weirdly, I am starting to feel more optimistic. It's odd though: 2021 should have been the year that I finishe…

'Something Doing Every Night': A Soldiers' Haven in Cairo

Throughout the First World War thousands of Australian soldiers disembarked in Egypt for their first taste of army life. After a month travelling by ship, the land they arrived in was one of great excitement and freedom, where th…