Tag Archives: Second World War

An American Classic

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959) is regarded as an American Classic. The two main protagonists Phineas (Finny) and Gene Forrester are pupils at Devon, a New England Prep School. Gene is a quiet, introverted boy who, because he … Continue reading

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Poetry in Motion

‘High Flight’ was one of the poems read during the UCL IOE Library’s ‘Reading Aloud’ event in celebration of World Book Day on 23rd April 2015. This poem, by John Gillespie Magee Jr. (1922-1941), is an evocation of the joy … Continue reading

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A fascinating glimpse into the use of the school atlases in the Geography Textbooks Collection

When external researchers visit the Newsam Library to view the Special Collections, I often have the privilege of finding out about their research. It is almost always a historian of education that is aware of our collections but in this … Continue reading

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Isabel Fry descibes an encounter with soldiers returning from Dunkirk

Sometimes it can be frustrating to catalogue archives that are so interesting that there just isn’t enough time to capture the subtleties. I found this entry in Isabel Fry’s diary from 1940 and feel it really gives a feel for the moment, … Continue reading

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