Me in top aft cabin of Beachcomber with photo of Maureen O’Hara.
Talk Solent chat show, August, 2015. Left to right, presenter Shan Robins, myself, Joan Ellis and B Jones. ©Come Step Back In Time
Talk Solent Chat Show
Goodwood Revival 2015 (TV)
Stills from BBC One’s, Inside Out South East’s ‘Sultan and The Showgirl’, 1930s set drama-documentary. I was an expert contributor. October, 2015.
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1960s selfie at Goodwood Revival 2015.
Me with Peter Brock.
A perfect example of Goodwood Revival retro styling coupled with a nod to modernity. ©Come Step Back In Time
Great British Bake-Off finalist, Miranda Gore Browne demonstrating cake-making in The Kenwood Kitchen Theatre. ©Come Step Back In Time
Great British Bake-Off contestant, Brendan Lynch demonstrating in The Kenwood Kitchen Theatre. ©Come Step Back In Time
Burlesque baker, Charlotte White, demonstrating in The Kenwood Kitchen Theatre. ©Come Step Back In Time
Goodwood Revival 2015.
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That’s Solent TV (That’s TV) Solent News, with presenter Mark Stewart. Live segment, ‘Make Do and Mend’. Broadcast 20th April, 2015. ©Come Step Back In Time
Various V.E. Day 70 inspired segments for That’s Solent TV. Topics included: rationbook recipes; Make Do and Mend and vintage fashions. Broadcast April/May, 2015. ©Come Step Back In Time My ration book feast, inspired by recipes from my the pages of my collection of vintage cookery books. ©Come Step Back In Time
Food Glorious Food (ITV)
My Grandmother WW2
1930s Beach Fun!
‘World War One: A Contemporary Conversation’ exhibition, at The National Library of New Zealand. (http://natlib.govt.nz/
). ©National Library of New Zealand.
My grandmother’s wedding dress, beautiful thick, blue satin, made by her best friend. My mother and I are currently restoring this dress back to its former glory. ©Come Step Back In Time
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The Schuit family from Hengelo. Dick and Henrik are the two young boys picture standing-up. ©Come Step Back In Time (The Langley Family Archive)
My grandfather’s story featured in Hengelo’s Weekblad newspaper (24.3.2015, p. 15 – http://www.hengelosweekblad.nl
). Thanks to all the hard work by historian Eric Heijink!
Selfie at The Wallace Collection.
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Having great fun with broadcaster and media specialist, Di Evans. Image courtesy of the Reel Media Deal.
With Michelin Chef Adam Gray & DJ BBQ
Me with Chef Adam Gray and presenter/musical theatre star Craig Price. Image Courtesy of Craig Price.
BBC Inside Out (South East) – Hever Castle
With Michelin Chef Adam Gray doing our food history homework at the Skylon restaurant, London. Chef Gray brought his 1869 copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. Image courtesy of the Reel Media Deal.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. ©Come Step Back In Time
Me with Anne Zielinski-Old at the open day. ©Mary Evans Picture Library
Folkestone, 4th August 2014. ©Come Step Back In Time
Lucy Adlington. ©Come Step Back In Time.
- Pictorial highlights from some of my many blogging joys over the last 5 years of Come Step Back In Time. (More images at end of article).
I published my first article on Come Step Back In Time in July 2011 and after 5 incredible years, this post will, sadly, be my last. I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of writing this blog but the time has come to embark on exciting new writing challenges.
I am very proud of Come Step Back In Time and the site will remain live for as long as WordPress continues to exist, hopefully for quite some time to come. There are 185 articles on here, most of which are long read. Final word count stands at 280k, equivalent to 3 full-length novels or 3 PhDs, no wonder I have bags under my eyes! At the end of this post, I have compiled a list of my favourite articles from the last 5 years.
Regular readers will know, since 2013 I have also written a 2nd blog, Viva Blancmange, dedicated to retro food. Like Come Step Back In Time, Viva Blancmange has also gone from strength-to-strength, attracting a lot of attention from the British media as well as securing a large, global readership.
Running 2 blogs in tandem has been a considerable amount of work as you may imagine. Whilst I never shy away from a challenge, I recently made the decision that, going forward, I would retain just 1 blog. I have renamed Viva Blancmange, it is now 20th Century Crush.
Over the years, I have amassed a large collection of 20th Century vintage ephemera. 20th Century Crush will showcase historical gems from this collection. Topics will include food (diet and dining), fashion, popular culture and society, covering the period 1900-1990s. Posts on 20th Century Crush will be shorter in length and can be read in the time it takes to drink your morning tea/coffee/protein shake.
I have also carried out a major rebrand across all of my digital and social media platforms. In particular my Twitter handle has changed to @20thCentCrush and I have created a new hashtag, #20thCCrush. This hashtag will feature lots of fascinating, 20th Century inspired content. There will also be a new Instagram account so keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for further announcements.
Come Step Back In Time will always have a very special place in my heart. It has brought me great creative joy as well as new friendships and many media opportunities, with television/radio appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Thank-you to each and every one of you that have read Come Step Back In Time, taken the time to comment, e-mail me, follow my blog(s) and offer me fabulous opportunities. I am extremely grateful. Look forward to having you join me on new blogging adventures over at 20th Century Crush🙂
Honour Roll: My Favourite Come Step Back In Time Articles From The Last 5 Years
- Top 10 Tips For Starting A History Blog
- Southampton and The Basque Refugee Children of 1937
- Solent Sky Museum, Southampton: Spitfires and Flying Boats
- Gilbert White – The Parson Naturalist of Selborne, Hampshire
- Mary Ann Rogers – A True Victorian Heroine
- The Sultan and The Showgirl: A 1930s Tragic Love Story
- Goodwood Revival 2015
- Celebrating Cunard’s 175th Anniversary: Memories of Glamour on the High Seas
- V.E. Day 70th Anniversary: Memories From My Family’s Photo Album
- Wallace Collection, London – Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint Exhibition
- Votes For Women! Women’s Suffrage in Southampton and Portsmouth
- Snapshot of 1965 Britain
- A Very Merry Georgian Christmas: Chawton House Library, Hants
- Rationing Fashion in 1940s Britain: Make Do & Mend
- Forgotten Christmas Foods and Customs: Part 1 Goose
- Forgotten Christmas Foods and Customs: Part 2 Puddings Cakes and Mince Pies
- Hidden Killers of The Victorian Home
- The Costume Project: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- An Invitation To A Regency Ball – 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice
- Milestones – Hampshire’s Living History Museum
- Dazzle – Art Deco Fashion From The Roaring Twenties
- Women’s Hair and Beauty in the 1930s
- The Enduring Legacy of Charles Dickens
- The Wedgwood Museum – Barlaston, Stoke-On-Trent
- Vintage Mobile Cinema
- A Taste of History: St. Barbe Museum, Lymington
- An Invitation To A Stuart Banquet
- An Invitation To The Oldest Bowling Green In The World
- Prehistoric Cooking With Jacqui Wood
- Bathing Beauties
- Making Ends Meet Tudor Style: Pole Lathe Turning and Woodturning
- Making Ends Meet Tudor Style: Beekeeping and Candlemaking
- Making Ends Meet Tudor Style: Pottery and Tiles
- Whitchurch Silk Mill
- Victorian Cookery Hero: Alexis Benoit Soyer
- White Feathers and Remembrance: Stories From The Great War Part 2
- Very Adaptable Dames and The Crimson Field: Stories From The Great War Part 3
- The Royal Marines: Stories From The Great War Part 4
- The Pier’s Bicentenary Celebrated in BBC Documentary The End Of The Pier Show
- Beatrix Brice Miller and The Old Contemptible’s: Stories From The Great War Part 5
- Lady Hardinge and Tin Town – Brockenhurst’s Military Hospitals: Stories From The Great War Part 6
- Gun Shells Into Vases and Rat Skins Into Wallets – The Art of Souveniring: Stories From The Great War Part 7
- D-Day – 70 Years On: Hampshire Remembers
- New Forest Remembers – D-Day Commemorative Event
- Brimstone and Fireworks – Britain’s Winter Festivals and Customs
- Mary Evans Picture Library – Celebrating 50 Years
- Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects – Exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre
- Food Glorious Food ITV
- Tomb To The Known Soldiers, Exbury, Hampshire: Stories From The Great War Part 9
- Perfumes, Compacts and Powders: Francoise Coty and The Doughboys: Stories From The Great Wart Part 10
- The Artists Rifles: Stories From The Great War Part 11
- Ellaline Terriss and Lena Ashwell – Entertaining Troops On The Frontline: Stories From The Great War Part 12
- Tea Dresses to Trousers – Fashion For Women: Stories From The Great War Part 13
- The Romsey War Horse Memorial Project: Stories From The Great War Part 14
- Making Ends Meet Tudor Style: Feltmaking
- Southampton’s Wool and Cloth Heritage
- Tudor Revels Southampton
- The Wriothesleys of Titchfield
- Hurst Castle Hampshire
- 1950’s Britain, Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four
- British Titanic Society Convention Southampton 2012
- RMS Titanic: Southampton Remembers
- Ironbridge: The Birthplace of Industry
- Take a Summer Stroll Around Bournemouth
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 1 – Field Medicine
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 2 – Amputations and Plastersplints
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 3 – Minnie Ball Injuries
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 4 – Malaria
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 5 – The Scourge of “Yellow Jack”
- American Civil War Medicine: Part 6 – Female Surgeons, Defiance In The Face of Adversity
- American Civil War: Kindness of Strangers at the Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon Philadelphia
- Lillie Langtry: Victorian and Edwardian Socialite, Actress and Businesswoman
- Call The Midwife: A Historical Perspective
Producer/Director Sam Supple (@SamSups) on set. ©Come Step Back In Time
Bursledon Windmill, Hampshire. ©Come Step Back In Time.
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©Come Step Back In Time. Portrait of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay. Southwick House (Southwick Park), Fareham, Hampshire. Defence School of Policing and Guarding (DSPG).
War Room Pass Southwick House. D-Day.
Bournemouth Pier, 2011. ©Come Step Back In Time.
Hythe Pier, Hampshire, November, 2013. Opened on the 1st January, 1881. The tramway opened in 1909. After the First World War, a second-hand locomotive was purchased from the Avon Mustard Gas Factory and brought into use on the pier in 1922. It still operates today. The pier is one of the longest in Britain. ©Come Step Back In Time.
Hastings pier, November 2013. ©Come Step Back In Time.
Replica bathing machine used by King George III when he visited the seaside town of Weymouth. He spent 14 summers between 1789 and 1805 there. ©Come Step Back in Time.
Brighton’s Palace pier, November 2013. Opened on the 20th May, 1889.
©Come Step Back In Time.
Royal Marines Museum ©Come Step Back In Time.
Hannah Snell, Royal Marines Museum.
‘Per Mare, Per Terram’ – by Sea and Land. Moto of The Royal Marines.
Postcard showing the Royal Victoria Military Hospital, Netley.
Edward Fox and his wife Joanna David who gave a wonderful tribute to Dickens including reading aloud extracts from some of his novels. © Come Step Back in Time.
Oliver Dickens with his great, great, great, grandfather. © Come Step Back in Time.
Abel Magwitch and Molly. Film still from Magwitch (2013). Image courtesy of Violafilms.
Grandmother favoured a braided hair style with deep ‘waves’ framing the face.
The lady standing-up is my great, great, grandmother. Photograph is dated c.1911.
©Come Step Back in Time. To the right and left of image examples of Coalport’s Parian Porcelain. Two icepails c.1850. Parian is a type of unglazed porcelain with a dense texture and a pure white finish, similar to Greek Parian marble. Coalport stop using this technique in the 1860s.
©Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Example of one of the staff costumes made by The Costume Project for Kew Palace.
©Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. A Reproduction (1) Corset from the 1890s made by The Costume Project team. Notice the beautiful stitch detail on the corset.
©Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Reproduction 2 of the Mantua Gown 1740s, made by The Costume Project at Ironbridge.
©Come Step Back in Time. Inside McClures General Draper and Outfitters, no. 3 Canal Street, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire. An original building from Stafford Place, Oakengates, Telford (exterior and shop front only). c.1880. Opened on site on 4th Apri, 2009.
©Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. View of the Iron Bridge over the River Severn.
©Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The Pharmacy at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire.
Sledge on display in The Oates Gallery. Fully-loaded a sledge needed 4 men to pull it. Some sledges were 10ft long (3m) others were 12ft long (3.65m) and could weigh 1,121lbs (51kg) when loaded with equipment and rations. Birdie Bowers wrote:’…I have never pulled so hard or so nearly crushed my inside into my backbone by the everlasting jerking on the canvas band round my unfortunate tummy.’
Runaway tree – wax on mirror back series, 2009. © Felicity Powell
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 2011.
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 2011.
Gilbert White’s study at The Wakes. The desk shown may have been the original desk owned by Gilbert.
Glasses and case belonging to Jane Austen’s mother. On display at Lyme Regis Museum.
Inside the 1940s sweet shop. Milestones.
Shawl, feathers and cap of bronze mesh with gold sequins. C.1928. Dazzle Exhibition. HCC Arts & Museums.
Dazzle Exhibition. Gosport Gallery, Gosport, Hampshire.
White satin shoe with oval diamante trim. High curved and waisted Louis heel covered in white plastic, painted with a design on an Egyptian theme in red, green and gold and inset with multi coloured diamonte. Printed label Debenham and Freebody. Wigmore St. C.1935. Dazzle Exhibition.C.1988.124. HCC Arts & Museums.
Blists Hill Christmas Grocers.
Barlaston Hall. The imposing country house that greets the visitor at the start of the long driveway leading-up to The Wedgwood Museum. This is now a private residence and is only ocassionally open to the public for pre-booked visits. The house was built in 1756-8 for lawyer Thomas Mills from Leek. It overlooks the Trent Valley and the octagonal diamond sash windows are a rare surviving trademark of Taylor’s work.
The Apotheosis of Homer Vase. Cylindrical pedestal with white reliefs of fruiting vines, medallions, lions’ heads, ribbons and trophies. Solid blue Jasper Relief decoration modelled by John Flaxman. C.1790.
This was my favourite photograph from the exhibition, ladies inspecting one of the new, Creda, electric cooker in the 1920s. This photograph is in the St. Barbe Museum collection.
Local actor Bruce Clitherow reading from William Retford’s Memoirs of Growing-up in Ashley.
From left to right: ‘sir’ John Pheasant; ‘sir’ Michael Moore; ‘sir’ Graham Hart and ‘sir’ David Winney.
Jacqui Wood demonstrating prehistoric cooking techqniques at Buckland Ring Iron Age hillfort, Lymington, Hampshire.
Some of the pretty seafront architecture in Lyme Regis.
Snazzy, vintage rubber bathing hat. Portsmouth City Museum.
Marchpane made by Mike and Jasmine Goodman. Mike’s marchpane depicts Lymington’s Coat of Arms, a sailing vessel.
The Tudor Parlour, c.1560, at Avebury Manor, Avebury, Wiltshire. The table is laid with Pewtor ware which became increasingly more poppular amongst the well-to-do than wood fashioned table ware.
Emblem worn by 1908 British Olympian Clarence Brickwood Kingsbury. Clarence won two gold medals in cycling. The emblem was sewn onto the front of his jersey. From a recent display about Clarence at Portsmouth City Museum.
Loom 10 in the weaving shed showing a Hattersley Dobby loom by William Smith & Bros Ltd of Heywood Lancashire, built in the nineteenth century.
An enthusiastic crowd brave the dreadful weather in Mayflower Park.
A member of Tudor re-enactment group, The Hungerford Household. Tudor knitting.
The floating Flemyngs monument, St. Nicolas Church, North Stoneham.
Interior of Hurst Castle’s Garrison Theatre.
Diamond Jubilee cupcakes that I made for my neighbours to celebrate this momentous event.
Well wishes to the Queen from Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.
Inside of a 19th century croft house in the Highlands of Scotland. Colbost Folk Museum, Colbost, Isle of Skye.
Interior of Bailey’s Maestro Caravan, 1955.
Traditional 1950s, British living room setting at Portsmouth City Museum. Not everyone in post-war austerity Britain could afford to have the latest modern design interiors that emerged during this decade.
Liz Tilley hat box 1950s. St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire.
My family at Pevensey Castle, East Sussex. 1955. ©Come Step Back In Time
Family picnic on Galleywood Common. 1957. My grandad’s pride and joy, the Ford Consul can be seen in the background. My grandma wearing her high heels for the ocassion of a picnic always amuses my aunt.
Me on the balcony at MShed Museum. To create the look, I took an old Marks and Spencers faux-fur hat, cut-off the brim and fashioned a pillbox style hat. The brim I attached to the neck of an old black, button-through cardigan to create a stylish collar. I removed the buttons of the cardigan and replaced with pearl-look buttons. I borrowed an original pair of white 1950s gloves from my mother-in-law. The stockings I wore were original 1950s, they tended to lose their shape as there was no lycra in them. I wore a 1950s style girdle brought from the London based vintage shapewear specialists What Katie Did. The handbag is an original on loan from my dear friend Carolyn Hair.
L-R: Michael Patterson, Claire and Peter Mitchell with their collection of RMS Olympic interior fittings.
South Western Hotel. Designed by John Norton in the French Renaissance style.
Village Garage, 1930s. Breamore Countryside Museum.
Restored 19th Century Shepherd’s Hut in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire.
1890, Doulton’s white Carraraware tiles designed for Oakley & Watling Provisions and Fruit Merchants, 56 High Street, Southampton.
The Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong.
The Southern Skirmish Association, Bath 2011.
Southern Skirmish Association (So.Sk.An) – Skirmish at American Museum, Bath 2011
Flower Fairy Cakes Exhibition, The Old Dining Room Mottisfont made by the Mottisfont House Team
View of Loch Dunvegan from Colbost Folk Museum, Colbost, Isle of Skye.
Tara Howard Proprietress of Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth dressed as Lille Langtry. Image supplied by kind permission of Ms Howard.
‘The Indifferent Sky’ (2011) by Sean Henry. Displayed in the Cathedral Cloisters. Bronze, cor-ten steel, all weather paint. 237cm x 120cm x 149cm.
Homage in papier mache to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Bisterne Scarecrow Festival 2011.
Chawton House, country house of Edward Austen Knight, Chawton, Hampshire. ©Come Step Back In Time
View of the dining-room at The Red House, from the peephole Albert had installed.
World War II air-raid shelter display, Tudor House and Garden, Southampton, Hampshire
A Tudor gentlement enjoying the delights of the restored knot garden.
Hungerford Household Tudor Re-enactment Group
Tudor food historian Emma Shelley, preparing to make butter
Model of Giant Angus MacAskill
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Weights and Measures, Lloyds Chemist Exhibit, Swanage Museum
US Medical Company (Union Regiment), Southern Skirmish Association (SOSKAN).
Sharon Holloway with model, Miss Scarlett Luxe at Goodwood Revival 2015. ©Scott Chalmers
Glamourous vintage pin-up model, Miss Scarlett Luxe with the co-owner of Vintage Hair Lounge, Gloria Holloway. ©Come Step Back In Time
Such generous goodie bags provided for us by Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUkBooks). Image copyright – Come Step Back In Time.
These beauties were provided by flower subscription service, Bloom & Wild (https://www.bloomandwild.com/
– @bloomandwild). This photograph won me a three month subscription to Bloom & Wild and I gave the prize to my lovely mum. Image copyright – Come Step Back In Time.
100 year old stereoscopic viewer which allows the user to see two separate images as one single three-dimensional picture. ©Come Step Back In Time
Victorian farmhouse kitchen. ©Come Step Back in Time