Punishing Children for the ‘Sins’ of Their Parents

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 →


Part I: Blaming the Mothers

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.

Post graduation summer

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 →

Sex, drugs and music halls: The Glasgow Fair

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 →

Constructing the ‘prostitute’

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 →

Tales From ‘ticketed’ Houses

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 →

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