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To Harrods for Satin Pantaloons

Every November, when I was a child, my parents had anxious communication with cousins in a remote Pembrokeshire village. We needed to know what to buy my great aunt for Christmas. Every Christmas the answer was the same and it … Continue reading

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Samplers: an insight into girls’ education?

This beautifully produced picture book is the work of two curators of textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. At the beginning there is a five-page introduction to the museum’s collection giving some insight into developments over the five … Continue reading

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How did Manchester change during Mrs Thatcher’s lifetime?

This handbook celebrates Manchester in 1926. The photographs show buildings that I recognise but Manchester’s manufacturing, its trade, its optimism and its massive civic pride are not so obvious today. In the mid 1920s the Port of Manchester was buying … Continue reading

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