Blogs We Follow – Writing Lives

Blogs We Follow

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 Fascinating material on everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s

A website by Annemarie McAllister on the temperance movement and its attractions, especially for working people

2000 years of Londoners and East London life

Quirky entries and stories from over 2000 diaries

Social and labour history in South Wales by Daryl Leeworthy

Blog by Tim Hitchcock on history from below, Digital Humanities and ‘Big Data’

 Radical history and history below. Online blog of History Workshop Journal

Joe Moran often draws on diaries, memoirs and reminiscences in his eye-opening observations on the everyday

 Popular and scholarly coverage of Victorian culture in 19th century and today

 A Community Archeology Project

Andrew Hobbs and Claire Januszewski reveal the wealth of poetry by ‘ordinary’ poets in local newspapers

Voices from the 1980s, Mass Observation and oral history

Luddites, Chartists, Socialists, Feminists, Peace Campaigners and more

 Superb research blog on efforts to improve housing and communities of ordinary people in late 19th and 20th centuries

Research blog by students at University of Victoria which includes some working-class poets, e.g. Janet Hamilton and Ellen Johnston

Blog by Alison Twells on life-writing and ‘storying’ the diaries written by her aunt, Norah Hodgkinson, between 1938 and 2009

 Fascinating blog on life in the East End, past and present

 Stories from the archives of the Working Class Movements Library & the People’s History Museum

People’s stories from around the world

Vicky Holmes’s blog on dangers of working-class homes

Lee Jackson’s veritable compendium of life in London

Listen to people from Coventry and Liverpool talking about working-class lives after 1945, interviewed by Selina Todd and Hilary Young

Lucy Williams tracks down Victorian Liverpool’s female offenders, in and out of gaol.

The starting point for any research on the workhouse – Peter Higginbotham’s encyclopedic site

Moving accounts of living under the poor law, by Lesley Hulonce

Liverpool-based community organisation – poetry, journalism, fiction, history, festivals

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