Our evacuation diary, 1939

the first page of the diary written in blue ink

Ann, a volunteer researcher in Liverpool, shares excerpts from a handwritten diary that was kept by students of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool upon their evacuation in 1939.

Operation Etsy: valuing craftwork over time

Large rectangular laundry basket with hinged lid and rope handles with ‘School for the Blind’ stencilled on the front. In the collection of the Museum of Liverpool MMM.1994.108.1, image taken by Anna Fairley Nielsson.

Basket-weaving: the beautiful product of skilled labour valued by the well off, or low status work for disabled people, replacing an education? Esther Fox discusses how, at different times, it has been both.