Welcome to Liz’s family history blog!

Hello! My name's Liz Plummer and I have a textile arts blog over at Dreaming Spirals. I have recently got into family history research and so I decided to start a blog about it, talking about my discoveries and journey along the way. Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you are also researching any of the same surnames.

Most of my ancestors lived in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in the UK; a few wandered over from Cheshire and perhaps Shropshire. The main surnames I'm researching are: Docksey, Meredith, Hopkins, Simpson, Cooke, Swetmore, Lunn, Cooper. I'll put a full list further down the sidebar.

Diary of the London Blitz

I have been reading a blog created by Vicki Washuk which consists of the diary of her great grandmother Ruby during the London Blitz of World War II. It makes fascinating reading of her day to day activities and thoughts as the events actually happened. Especially compelling as two of her sons are in the war and we share her fears for them and, of course, don’t know the outcome of their war service….

And to complement that, today I found a collection of videos put on YouTube by the London Screen Archive, including these of the blitz.

3 comments to Diary of the London Blitz

  • You might also be interested in the blog of my grandmother May Hill’s WWII home front diaries – Seventy Years On. By coincidence her maiden name was Simpson but not likely to be connected with your family as she lived in Lincolnshire.

    • Liz

      Thanks, Tom, I’ll check it out. Have you come across ‘Nella Last’s War’ as well, her diary written for Mass Observation and the sequels, recently televised as Housewife, 49?

      • Yes I have. Nella and my grandmother May were almost the same age but lived in different parts of England, different again to Vicki’s great grandmother Ruby. The three had unique characters, experiences and writing styles so it is really fascinating to compare their diaries. Oh,and May also wrote poetry, some of which has already appeared with the blog.

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