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Richard Wragg

In 1805 Susannah Middleton travelled with her husband, Captain Robert Middleton, to Gibraltar where he was to run the naval dockyard. Abroad for the first time, Susannah maintained a regular correspondence with her sister in England. Casting light on a collection of letters yet to be fully published, the paper gives an account of Susannah‘s experiences as described to her sister. Consideration is given to Susannah‘s position as the wife of a naval officer and her own view of the role she had to play in her husband‘s success. Written at a time when an officers wife could greatly improve his hopes for advancement through the judicious use of social skills, the Middleton letters provide evidence of an often overlooked aspect of the workings of the Royal Navy.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Sculpture, sport and the nation at the Crystal Palace, 1854–1918
Kate Nichols

stationed on shore. Official Royal Navy photographs document the range of new physical activities undertaken by the WRNS at Sydenham. They show women undergoing physical training, marching, practising semaphore, playing cricket, cooking, shooting, issuing kit and learning about battleships.73 Photographs capture these women amidst the statuary in the Palace park, and the contrasts set up between the two are striking. Figure 5.5 shows a team of women in long-coated uniform ‘learning to break rank 112 after 1851 5.5  Photograph of women from the WRNS drilling in the

in After 1851
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The Tudorbethan semi and the detritus of Empire
Deborah Sugg Ryan

forms. The ship was a symbol of the navy, which represented Britain’s greatness and was the link with the far-flung Empire. In the interwar years one of the most popular motifs was the Tudor galleon. This image could often be found adorning the stained glass panel on the front door of the Tudorbethan semi. Many of them were personally chosen by house purchasers, as it was common for builders to let them choose the stained glass themselves and for it to be installed at the point of construction. Galleons were also found on wall plaques, ashtrays and other decorative

in Ideal homes, 1918–39
Drawings by Peruvian Shining Path war survivors
Anouk Guiné

marines set up against the prisoners’, ‘better living conditions in jail’, improvement in the status of ‘political prisoners’ and ‘support for social struggles in Peru’. Soon, however, the Deputy Home Secretary Agustín Mantilla arrived on the island and enjoined the Joint Command of the Armed Forces on behalf of the government to ‘restore order’. This was carried out under the leadership of Admiral Luis Giampietri of the navy and 400 national marines, although the army’s presence was unconstitutional and marked the end of potential negotiations. The first state military

in Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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John Mundy and Glyn White

tastes as well as the emerging power of television to take audiences away from radio. In Britain television’s impact on radio comedy was less radical and immediate, and a number of BBC programmes such as Beyond Our Ken (1958-64) and The Clitheroe Kid (1958-72) continued to attract large audiences. Even the safe situation comedy The Navy Lark remained on the air for eighteen years between 1959

in Laughing matters
John M. MacKenzie

) in the hot weather, most had to live in tents, since renting bungalows was extremely difficult. Tent living indeed became part of the experience.48 It is quite clear that the call for tents in the empire was so great that tent manufacture must have been a major industry, though regrettably it is a little studied phenomenon. No doubt the famous Army and Navy Stores (founded as a co-operative by army and navy officers in 1871, with branches in India) would have been major suppliers of tents to the British, and it is certainly the case that tent manufacture remains a

in The British Empire through buildings
Tijana Vujošević

.11  The labour of our party is our literature: our combat and our Revolutionary work, in How We Built the Metro. 6.12  Mosaic at Komsomolskaya station, in How we Built the Metro. Golden calf, golden tooth 173 of construction transforms into gentle, loving adulation of the magical surface: The night before the test drive of the trains, metro workers, exhausted by weeks’ lack of sleep and incredibly excited, wandered around the gleaming underground palaces. Transportation authorities had already taken over. Metro officials in navy blue uniforms took control of the

in Modernism and the making of the Soviet New Man
The Vorticist critique of Futurism, 1914–1919
Jonathan Black

inconsistency and superficiality and the patent absurdity of claiming that Italy was at all in the same league as Imperial Britain. Lewis stressed that Britain, or more specifically England, was the birthplace of the modern industrial world. It had the largest empire, the largest merchant marine, the most powerful navy, especially after the launch of the revolutionary big-gun turbine-driven battleship HMS Dreadnought Adamowicz and Storchi, Back to the Furutists.indd 159 01/11/2013 10:58:46 160 Jonathan Black in 1906 (Blom 2009: 163). Britain had a much greater

in Back to the Futurists
Kate Nichols and Sarah Victoria Turner

and Military exhibition in 1901 by declaring that the directors of the Crystal Palace Company could not have chosen a more proper way of celebrating the jubilee of the 1851 Exhibition than by organizing that magnificent collection of exhibits and the imposing naval and military displays which corresponded so well with the sentiment of the people of this Empire at the present moment.31 As well as replica models of all the ships in the British navy, the north reservoir was used for a reconstruction of the Battle of Trafalgar. As Kate Nichols discusses in her chapter

in After 1851
John M. MacKenzie

designed to create a sense of reassurance as imperial decline became more apparent. These various phases will be examined in the chapters that follow. Of course all of this building was conditional upon finance. The British Empire was notoriously parsimonious, such that the central treasury was seldom prepared to finance imperial developments – except in the case of the Royal Navy, required to assert global power, or with regard to specific military campaigns (though some of these were also paid for from colonial budgets). In the early territories of settlement

in The British Empire through buildings