Latest post: British Nannies and the First World War by Louise Heren

As we commemorate the centenary of the Great War, it is hard to imagine that there remain archives still unexplored by academics. New diaries from soldiers and nurses appear adding further layers of richness to an existing narrative, but it is rare to discover a completely new voice. However, in an archive at Norland College, Bath, the correspondence between a class of educated Edwardian women and their alma mater develops the experience of women during the Great War in a new direction. The Norland Institute nanny training college opened its doors in September 1892 and by the outbreak of war had become an influential global exporter of British culture. The English nanny... read more