Monthly Archives: April 2014

Next week…

we’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the official opening of the Channel Tunnel by the Queen and President Mitterand on 6th May.

Look out for our display on the ground floor of the library, featuring images of items from the official opening.

 Further details about our Channel Tunnel Association Archive are available on our webpage, and there is a description of the collection on Archives Hub. Look out for further updates on our blog next week!

Voices from our industrial past

Another of the autobiographies in one of our Special Collections, the Burnett Archive, will feature in a BBC Radio 4 programme to be broadcast on Wednesday 30th April 2014 at 11am.

Voices from our industrial past will look at the lives of ordinary people during the Industrial Revolution. Our Lovekin autobiography is one of the accounts featured. Emanuel Lovekin worked in the mining industry during the nineteenth century, and started to write his memoirs in 1895.

Education of the heart

One of the autobiographies from our Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies recently featured in an episode of Five Hundred Years of Friendship on BBC Radio 4. Education of the heart looks at how friendship between children was viewed.

Harry West’s autobiography was written during his retirement, but covers his childhood in the N. Somerset/Bristol area in the late 19th century, education at Board and Sunday Schools as well as his later working life and descriptions of village life.

You can read more about the history of friendship as portrayed in the working class autobiographies on the Writing Lives blog, where there is also more about Harry West’s autobiography in particular.