We hope you’ve enjoyed sharing #ExploreArchives week with us this year. We’ve had lots of fun finding images of our collections to share. Do follow us on Twitter and Instagram as well as this blog to see more of our collections.
We hope you’ve had a good week with #explorearchives. Don’t stop exploring! Archives are tickets to the unknown.
Bendy Brunel’s childhood reading from our Transport History Collection
An amazing hand drawn route map of a railway line complete with points & signals that we’ve found exploring the collection
And so to bed. Tuckered out after a week of discovering Brunel Special Collections
Friday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #LoveArchives
Valentine’s Day from Ladies Home Journal
Love on the underground, from our Channel Tunnel collection
Ruth Cox was 19 in 1909 and courted a friend of her brother’s with her father’s consent (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 1:184)
Minnie Frisby describes Valentine’s Day in 1943 (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 1:250)
Olive Gold describes being courted by a Canadian Mormon, Billie, despite being a Methodist (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography 2:321)
Arthur Seymour met his girlfriend, Ada, when he worked in a shop. She was only allowed to see him between 8 and 10pm.
Thursday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #Archive Science
There are scientific reports and studies in our Channel Tunnel Association Archive, concerning the research that went on to make sure that building the tunnel was feasible.
Wednesday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #HairyArchives!
Archives Duck wonders which of the 3 Breck shampoos from the Ladies’ Home Journal would best suit his new beard.
Bendy Brunel comparing beards with King Lear. Happens everyday in the archives.
Portrait from Illustrated London News from Sept 1866, of Vice-Admiral Tegetoff, commander of Austrian fleet.
Tuesday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #EdibleArchives
This book is a register kept as part of the standard records at Padstow station in Cornwall, from 1921 to 1952. As the port at Padstow sent out a great deal of fish, the station had a separate fish loading platform. This was closed in 1950s as the trade in fish declined. This website gives more details on the freight trains, including the dedicated fish service running to Nine Elms. Many of the entries are for fish or other foodstuffs, but there is also an entry for a corpse, sent in December 1940 to Stepps in North Lanarkshire: perhaps a fallen soldier? Kept in the pages for 1940 is a loose memo, written in pencil and dated 20th September 1940, concerning a delayed delivery and noting that “during the current emergency” (that is, during World War Two, owing to the disruption to rail services) the special charges for fish sent to London Waterloo would also apply to fish sent to Paddington.
Peas, egg and ham salad from Ladies Home Journal 1953
Ration-stretching stuffed meats from Ladies Home Journal 1943
Started Christmas baking yet? Here’s the header for some festive recipes, from the Dec 1942 Ladies’ Home Journal
Monday’s #ExploreArchives theme is #ArchiveCatwalk
Matching shirts ad from Ladies Home Journal
Mrs R Downer relates how she was a dressmaker to a famous, but unnamed, employer (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 1:211)
Olive Gold went to work as an apprentice dressmaker in 1910, aged 13, with no wage for the first year (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 2:321)
Charlotte Jordan also worked as an apprentice tailoress, with no pay for the first six months (Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies 3:101
Join us for a fun-filled week of exploring archives in Special Collections here at Brunel University. We’ll be highlighting items from our collection every day here on our blog, Twitter and Instagram. You can also visit us in person at our open afternoon on 20 November.
Many of our pictures feature Bendy Brunel, and you can read more about his other adventures on this blog too.
#ExploreArchives Bendy Brunel strikes out for the aptly named Invention Exhibition to begin our Archives Week adventures.
#ExploreArchives Bendy Brunel discovers tunnelling and more at Brunel Special Collections Channel Tunnel Association Archive.