This morning BBC Breakfast reported that primary school teachers across the country are dipping into their own pockets to buy toiletries for pupils. One school is even looking into purchasing a washing machine. ‘Period poverty’ in schools has been discussed a lot of late; more than 137,700 girls in the UK missed school last year... Continue Reading →
Historians have long documented the growing concerns for child and maternal health in early twentieth century Britain. However, this was not motivated by humanitarianism as such but rather connected to the political anxieties of the time. The state of the British Empire and rising rival imperial powers were at the forefront of these concerns.
I have spent several weeks pouring over child welfare records in the National Records alongside witness testimony given to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The testimony of victims/survivors is more often than not given by elderly individuals recounting their childhood experiences with the wider context of their life stories. Sometimes their stories have ended... Continue Reading →
During World War I (1914-18) the Turkish Ottoman Government carried out the systematic extermination of as many as 1.2 million Armenians, making it one of the largest genocides in history. Yet, Turkey - the successor state of the Ottoman Empire - does not recognise the killings as having genocidal intent despite 28 countries officially recognising... Continue Reading →
Part of me always dreaded graduating as I imagined I'd be spending it wondering how long I could get away with calling myself a 'new graduate' rather than 'unemployed'. Or spending it how I've spent most of my summers in recent memory - waiting tables and dreaming of a 9-5 life that others complain about.... Continue Reading →
Cartoon depicting Hogmanay in Glasgow in Northern Looking Glass 9 January 1826 The Glasgow Fair dates back to 1190 as a market to sell cattle, horses and produce alongside some entertainment. By the nineteenth century the market settled in other areas of the city and Glasgow Green was left with the 'shows'. Many choose to escape the... Continue Reading →
Cases of syphilis have hit their highest level since 1949 after being nearly eliminated. The rise of dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr have been implemented in the rise which has echoes of our Victorian forbearers who often considered syphilis and other venereal diseases as a suitable punishment for the moral crime of ‘promiscuity’.
John Leech, Punch 33 (10 January 1857): 114 By the mid nineteenth century the ‘Great Social Evil’ was a major concern for moralists and an explosion of commentators offered suggestions on how to tackle this vice. The sin was believed to manifest itself in the form of Venereal Diseases (VD) with women as vectors and men as... Continue Reading →
A staged photograph showing a ticketed house in Kinning Park c. 1892 In the midst of a crippling housing crisis compounded by the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1878 that paralysed the building industry what would seem like a reasonable solution? Who should we blame? Glasgow Corporation (two decades after Chadwick’s damning... Continue Reading →