Latest post: The First World War and women’s fashion: what to wear in an air-raid! by Lucy Adlington

Small details give a human touch to our understanding of what happened in London's first Blitz. For example,the typist whose life was saved because she dashed back to her desk for her handbag during a raid, and so missed the worst of a bomb blast. A mother whose celluloid hair comb caught fire and whose clothes were then set alight. An East End pupil from a wrecked junior school only identified by the unusual shirt button stitched on his cuff just the night before. During the First World War clothes offer abundant evidence of the changes in class structures and women's... read more