Chris Spackman

Dr Chris Spackman is a part-time Tutor in History at the University of Portsmouth working under the Port Towns and Urban Cultures Project. His thesis examined the relationship between the Boys’ Brigade and urban cultures in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain. Through a case study approach of the port-side locations of London, Bristol, and Glasgow his thesis assessed both regional and national variances in the application of the object of the organisation. In particular, Chris’ research afforded special attention to the leisure pursuits undertaken by the movement. Through his case study approach Chris’ thesis offered a challenge to the historiographical consensus that purports that camping, rather than the regular weekly sessions, was the greatest attraction available to members of youth movements.

‘Carry on Camping’: The Bristol Boys’ Brigade during the First World War

When news of the outbreak of the First World War broke several Boys’ Brigade Companies were on their annual summer camp. For the vast majority of these Companies their 1914 camping expedition would be their last until the resolution of … Continue reading

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