New Narrative Reports Online!!!
We just wanted to share some fantastic news! Thanks to the generosity of backers outside of Kickstarter and Jacob’s tireless efforts we have just made live our Narrative Reports from... Read more
Final Kickstarter Update
The past year seems to have flown by, especially for me, but here we are at the end of what has been a fantastic project.
This is our 54th... Read more
Breaking News - the diaries are now online!
The day is finally here, launch day and now you can access those interesting and hidden stories which you, our Kickstarter supporters, generously funded the digitisation of in May 2016.... Read more
My Final Blog
Nine months ago, I started working on the digitisation of these wonderful Narrative Reports and here we are at the end of that journey. How it has gone so quickly... Read more
Returning from Africa
As we are in the middle of an uncharacteristic heatwave, I thought I would try to cool the sunshine by writing about a report from the middle of winter 1942.... Read more
Let’s Have a Cup of Tea
Of all the themes that flow through the many activities performed by the WVS, there is one that stands out above all else. This theme is not just an integral... Read more
Reading Responds Accordingly
A few weeks ago, I used an example of the incident in Goole to demonstrate how the community came together in the face of great adversity. To further demonstrate how... Read more
The Scale of WVS Involvement
Over the past eight months or so, I have attempted to demonstrate how a million women volunteered in a wide variety of different wartime activities. As hard as I have... Read more
Kitchen Waste Exhibition
A few months ago, I wrote about the salvage work that was conducted by the WVS. For this week’s blog, I have decided to take another look at salvage, but... Read more
Incident in the Sky
The WVS were accustomed to dealing with the threat of air strikes, as they became more frequent as the war progressed. However, they rarely had to deal with the event... Read more
Hostels for the Homeless
Of all their wartime responsibilities, providing the homeless with a place to stay was always a high priority. Due to the air raids, people were often forced out of their... Read more
Blood Transfusion Services
The Second World War encouraged many volunteer organisations in Britain to collaborate with one another to help benefit the whole of society. For instance, the WVS and the British Red... Read more
Gas Mask Fittings
Unfortunately, the Second World War brought many unforeseen dangers to those on the Home Front. The threat of gas was a constant worry for all, as it could have potentially... Read more
Mending the Soles of Society
When reflecting upon history, it can often become easy to focus on the grand achievements of civilisation and overlook the smaller but no less important stories that have helped shape... Read more
All Are Welcome
By now, I really shouldn’t be surprised by what I discover within the pages of these monthly diaries. Nevertheless, the Narrative Reports have never failed to treat me and now... Read more
Serving Hot Meals in Canterbury
Of the many public schemes that existed during the Second World War, the importance of British Restaurants should not be overlooked. These feeding centres were set up in 1940 to... Read more
Duties of every kind
The stories that have been digitised over the last few months give us a unique insight into the work of WVS including Hospitals. In some cases they included extra reports... Read more
Not a Single Complaint
The Second World War dominated every level of society. This total domination of British society placed enormous strain on the country’s ability to cope with the pressures of war.
One... Read more
During the course of the Second World War, national saving campaigns became regular schemes to help raise money for the war effort. These campaigns raised significant amounts of money and... Read more
An Inspiring Visionary
A single monthly Narrative Report represents more than just the specific information for a WVS centre. It is part of a story. A story so vast, it would take me... Read more
Housewives’ in Britain’s Georgian City
Narrative Reports were usually written by the Centre Organiser or their Secretary. It must have been quite difficult to document every aspect of the month’s events in such a... Read more
Knitted into the Fabric of Society
A few weeks ago, I asked you to comment on any particular areas of the Narrative Reports that caught your interest. Thank you to those that replied, it must have... Read more
Work of Poetic Importance
Thank you for all your feedback last week, it was really wonderful to hear that you are enjoying the updates. In terms of focusing on individual areas of interest, I... Read more
A day in the life of an Archive Assistant
In order to achieve our goal of 28 000 pages, a series of different tasks must be completed, so you and everybody else can freely enjoy reading these wonderful... Read more
The Realities of Warfare
As selfless as the abundant number of acts performed by the WVS were, they were unfortunately, a direct consequence of war. A war so vast, so profound, it shook the... Read more
Driving in the City of Dreaming Spires
Oxford. A name so synonymous with learning, its illustrious reputation is legendary across the world. As glamorous as this may be, Oxford still needed people on the ground to help... Read more
The Salvage Steward’s Guide
Writing a monthly Narrative Report is not quite as easy as it may seem. They are carefully crafted by the Centre Organiser who uses ten pieces of criteria as a... Read more
Christmas 2016 Update
It is almost Christmas and I and my colleagues here are off on our holidays, saying goodbye to a very successful year.
I don’t know if I am getting older... Read more
A Christmas Message from Woking
As the festivities loom ever closer, everyone here at the archive is looking forward to the Christmas break. This will be my last update before Christmas and as a festive... Read more
Poetic Benevolence from The Isle of Wight
In the last few weeks, I have managed to find some quite unique things to share with you. When I have such a wealth of fascinating material in front of... Read more
How Do You Run Your Kitchen?
The WVS are renowned for helping out in just about any way possible.
From salvaging aluminium to assisting blood transfusion services, the Women in Green were on hand to help... Read more
Voicing their needs in Surrey
The process of digitising these fascinating Narrative Reports is a time-consuming one indeed. Attempting to average over 360 photographs a day is no mean feat, especially when I am surrounded... Read more
Tips from the WVS in Coventry
After sending out the Narrative Reports for 1938-39 last week, I am thrilled to have started digitising 1940.
As the years progress, the sheer volume of reports dramatically increases. Matthew... Read more
November Target Reached!
We have just finished sending out the 1938/1939 reports to all those that qualified for that reward.
To do this we have digitised 2,478 pages, checked, watermarked and converted those... Read more
Backers Roll of Honour online
Today we have completed compiling our Roll of Honour of those people who wanted their names placed on our website as having supported this amazing project.
You can find the... Read more
Uncovering the Hidden Histories
Thank you for helping bring a million untold stories into the light.
To celebrate that, I have found a report from East Sussex that gives us a wonderful insight into... Read more
Surveys and Recruitment update
It's been almost four weeks since you last heard from me and as promised, after lots of behind the scenes work we're on track to start the next... Read more
24 Hours to Go!
Well, after 29 days, there are just 24 hours to go!
We reached our target last week and we will now be able to make the diaries from 1938-1941 available... Read more
WOW!! We reached our target ... Now, what's next
Wow!!!It is amazing that with five days to go we have just reached our target of £25,000!!! We really have been amazed at the response from everyone and so... Read more
Spread the word through Thunderclap
The support that we’ve had so far has been overwhelming; thank you to everyone who has supported the project to date. We have 12 days to go to meet our... Read more
In the news, rewards update and more ...
In the News
We have just had a great weekend and are now just shy of being 80 % funded.Thank you so much to all those who saw the articles... Read more
More Diary Extracts, and thanks for helping us to get to 50% funded
Wow! Over the weekend, we managed to reach 50% of our total, thank you so much to everyone who has pledged so far, we are doing amazingly well with only... Read more
More A Million Women in the news
We have had a fantastic couple of days and our project is now over 30% funded, but we still need to keep spreading the news to reach our goal.
We... Read more
A Million Women in the news
Good morning everyone!
Only 24 hours in and we are really starting to get going. Several respected online news sites and a broadsheet newspaper have published stories this morning on... Read more