This month will be devoted to all things shipboard. First up is Alfred Foster Statham’s late 1800s account of his apprenticeship on board the ship Eulomene on trade voyages including Liverpool to Calcutta, he was 15 at the time. His diaries are GDP 116 and are available to read at the archive.
GDP 386 are the diaries of a train spotter. The entries are frequent and regular. Mr John-Miller recounts at the top of most entries – as a form of perfunctory subtitle – the weather for the day. He often writes in some detail about his whereabouts throughout the day and in the evening; generally spent at work or home, he often notes what entertainment he decides on in the evening or what type of evening
GDP 385 – spent much of her life fruitfully caring for her family. During the second world war she was one of a new army of women called on to become over-night engineers and worked assiduously on plane exit slides for the RAF.
A recent addition to the archive consists of the motorcycle diaries of Father Wilkinson, a beloved and loving priest, who had a passion for the open road. And butter. He created – possibly – the first motorcycle butter fridge. Will travel BUT will also have butter. The diaries chart over 50 years of motorcycling – a little bit about dairy and some ecclesiastical – history.