Urban history ephemera: a London A-Z turns up in Westgarth

My local polling place for elections in Melbourne is All Saints Parish Hall, which has an excellent charity shop. It’s become a tradition to spend some time going through their excellent book collection after I’ve voted. I’ve bought quite a few E.P. Thompson and Raymond Williams books from them over the years, and after voting … More Urban history ephemera: a London A-Z turns up in Westgarth

Historical lapels: 1980s politics edition

My 1980s British badge collection has been continuing to grow. Recent acquisitions include a number of general political badges from a single collection in Northamptonshire. These appear to be from between the 1983 election and 1986 – “Save Jobs: Sack the Tories,” “I didn’t vote Tory”, and a “save the GLC” badge. Possibly these could … More Historical lapels: 1980s politics edition

Milton Keynes ephemera: postcards from the 1980s

I have a long list of bookmarked eBay listings of Milton Keynes historical ephemera which I try to collect when funds allow. Most of my Milton Keynes postcards are unused, however this one I purchased for its photo montage of the Shopping Building had been used by a local resident. The Shopping Building opened in … More Milton Keynes ephemera: postcards from the 1980s

MK50 in Melbourne: a care package from Milton Keynes Central Library

Milton Keynes Central Library is one of those institutions which reflects the generous public-spiritedness of early 1970s Milton Keynes – a publically funded organisation with a focus on building and serving their community, especially working class people and people on lower incomes. MK Library service has many local branches, however even when I lived in … More MK50 in Melbourne: a care package from Milton Keynes Central Library