Social & Industrial History
The Old Boys
The Decline and Rise of the Public School
To many, public schools are an anachronistic bastion of privilege. This book charts a colourful history of schoolboy revolts, eccentric heads, scandal, decline and renewal, to argue that, on balance, their contribution to national life is a positive one. Slightly off-mint.
School Songs and Gymslips
Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s
With tales from the days of indoor sandals and navy knickers, Latin verbs and transistor radios, semolina pudding and O Levels, this light-hearted social history is based on the experiences of pupils from 18 schools around the country and describes how things were for grammar school girls – at school and at home – between about 1955 and 1965.
Building the Titanic
The Creation of History's Most Famous Ocean Liner
Determined to restore its pre-eminence in the trans-Atlantic shipping business, the White Star Line decided not to challenge Cunard's Mauretania and Lusitania for speed but to outdo them for luxury and elegance. This book details how its new liner Titanic was conceived, designed and built (at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast), and contains a number of blueprints and cutaway illustrations as well as archive photographs of the ship under construction.