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History Club - Week 8

This week, we're exploring more of the sources held by the Modern Records Centre. Founded in 1973, the MRC launched with the principal objectives of locating and preserving primary sources for modern British social, political and economic history. As we're able to see, they have loads of interesting and important things in their collections for us in History Club to be looking at!

Diaries of Eileen Younghusband

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, DBE (1 January 1902 – 22 May 1981) was internationally known for her research and teaching in the field of social work. Born in London, she was raised in India until the age of 7 when the family returned to London. On the family's return to England in 1910, she was educated privately and then attended the London School of Economics, gaining an external certificate in social studies followed by a university diploma in sociology in 1926. The Modern Records Centre holds 126 boxes of material relating to Eileen Younghusband including a large number of diaries which she kept throughout her life, from the age of 15. 

 

Follow this link and read the 5 diary entries covering Friday October 10th 1919 – Friday October 17th 1919: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/archives_online/digital/younghusband/seven/

 

Once you've read the above diary entries, answer the following questions: 

  1. What are the pros and cons of using a diary as a historical source? 
  2. What events had or were happening when these diary entries were written? 
  3. How useful is this source for studying the 1919 railway strike? 
  4. Do you think Eileen’s life was typical for a 17-year-old at the time? 
  5. How does Eileen’s life compare to your own? 
  6. What information might you miss by reading a transcript of the diary, rather than looking at the actual diary itself?  

 

When you've made your way through the sources and questions, you can submit them to us at historyclub@warwick.ac.uk. Try to respond to all of the questions if you can, but don't worry if you can't - this isn't a test!

General Information:

To help you think about these sources in a historical way, use the list of questions to guide your thinking.

When you've made your way through the sources and questions, you can submit them to us at historyclub@warwick.ac.uk. Try to respond to all of the questions if you can, but don't worry if you can't - this isn't a test!

 

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