This Week’s War: 188

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“Chaos in Russia. Germans pressing on despite peace agreement! Bolsheviks fighting for their life – imprisoning all who abhor their rule.”

Entry dated Monday 4th March 1918, Diary of John Bruce Glasier [GP/2/1/25].

This Week’s War: 180

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“President Wilson’s new message. Virtual acceptance of peace without victory.”

Entry dated Wednesday 9th January 1918, Diary of John Bruce Glasier [GP/2/1/25].

This Week’s War: 175

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“Russia and German Peace Delegates are expected to meet today, to consider terms of an armistice.

Entry dated Saturday December 1st. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24]

This Week’s War: 157

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“It is difficult to say what success is being achieved by Sir Douglas Haig in his great attack in Flanders. One day the British gain ground and the next the German officers to recover part of the ground. The havoc of life must be appalling.”

Entry dated Wednesday 1st August 1917, Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24].

This Week’s War: 151

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June 1917
Goods Received                                  Goods Distributed
From Boston
10 C/s [cases] Dressings                      To Bureau
2 ” Hospital Goods                                  ”
& Appliances for making gauze             Auxiliary Hospital
sponges from Franklin Relief Assn.

1 C/s Hospital Goods from Lynn           British Red Cross, London
House, American Allied War Relief

Items donated by the wives of active servicemen aboard Cunard ships to be distributed to the indicated areas. From the Cunard Archive [Cunard Women’s War Service Association Report for 1917, D42/C1/1/22/2].

The General Election 2017

As the U.K. prepares itself to vote in the snap General Election, we thought it fitting to show some of the printed and archival material held here in Special Collections and Archives from the elections of the past.

Within our printed collection holdings, many pamphlets of the nineteenth century highlight the popular political topics of the day. Sydney Charles Buxton became an MP for the Liberal Party in the late nineteenth century, shortly after his publication of Electoral Purity and Economy (London: The London and Counties Liberal Union, 1882). The paper is written to suggest reforms in the electoral process to counteract bribery and expenses, which the reader is encouraged to undertake and promote themselves. The below referenced “crushed” Corrupt Practices Act finally came into fruition in 1883, formally known as the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act. This was the first act which required the expenses of candidates to be publicly published.

SPEC Y84.3.269 (9)

SPEC Y84.3.269 (9)

We also hold archival material relating to individuals who held both local and national political positions. Eleanor Rathbone sat as an Independent MP for the Combined English Universities, and as a local councilor for the Granby Ward from 1909 -1935. Eleanor was instrumental in the passing of a number of bills, including those with a focus upon benefiting the socio-economic position of women and children.

RP XIV.3.3

RP XIV.3.3

The Glasier papers provide us with an insight to the political movements of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) through politician John Bruce Glasier and his wife, Katharine Glasier. In 1900 John Bruce Glasier became the chair of the ILP, which he held for three years. In the campaign pamphlet shown below, Glasier was standing in Bordesley, Birmingham – a campaign which was unsuccessful.

GP/5/2/2 (6)

GP/5/2/2 (6)

Lastly, the David Owen Archive is abundant with material relating to his time as a member of both the Labour party and the Social Democrats. Below is campaign material from the 1974 parliamentary election, when Owen was successfully elected as MP for Plymouth Devonport, holding the seat for the Labour Party.

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

D709 2/2/4/3

All of the items included within this post are available to view in our reading room. Please see our website for more information on booking an appointment.

You can read the Manuscripts and More post for the General Election in 2015 here.