Hitler and Marigolds by Julie Summers

There is nothing more delicious than discovering a private diary, written moons ago, that was never intended for publication. It has been my great good fortune to find several in the course of my work on the Second World War but the jewel in the crown for me were the diaries of Edith Jones, which form the golden thread through my book about the Women’s Institute, Jambusters. When I tell people I have worked on the WI for over six years I get mixed reactions. Some pity, some incredulity that a women’s organisation with a reputation for jam and Jerusalem would be of any interest to an author and sometimes, just sometimes, a nod of acknowledgement that this is a great topic. Well, let me reassure you that those in the third category are right.

As this is my first blog for the History Girls I thought I would kick off with the WI. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute of England and Wales. Scotland has its own Scottish Rural WI. Born in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in 1915, it was founded in part to help with food production during the First World War. However, its main aim was, and remains, to educate…

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3 thoughts on “Hitler and Marigolds by Julie Summers

  1. A warm and affectionate article indeed. I enjoyed the TV series ‘Home Fires’ although it wasn’t that well received by critics. It gave some insight into the everyday struggles on the home front, and didn’t shy away from looking at issues like domestic abuse during wartime.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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