British WWI Hospital Scrapbooks

Two BritiDisability and Industrial Societysh hospitals had very different ideas about the prospects for disabled WWI soldiers, a study of their newspaper clipping scrapbooks shows. Emmeline Burdett compared scrapbooks in the London Metropolitan Archives for Queen Mary Hospital Roehampton and Queen Mary Hospital Sidcup.showing the men’s activities and job training, and found one focusing on their capacities and engagement with the social world, and the other on placing them out of sight. I wonder how much this has to do with the actual newspaper coverage, and how much it reflects the choices of the scrapbook makers. Institutional scrapbooks like these are their own fascinating resource, and this investigation reminds us that they have their own angles of vision.

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