Islington Museum’s paperwork is crucial in helping us understand what our objects are, where they are from and why they are interesting.
An old brick is just a brick…until you have a piece of paper that shows it is an original tile from Sadlers Wells ‘Musick House’ in the 1680’s where people would come to take the waters, which cured dropsy, jaundice and scurvy. Come and visit us to discover the tiles and other intriguing objects from Islington’s past.
We have been working hard to look at our historic paperwork and bring it up to modern standards. In Sifting the Paperwork the people behind the work will give an insight into what we’re doing and will share the interesting snippets we find along the way.
In this passage follow the Rifles from Gebel Murr (on the East of the Suez Canal) to bases at Kubri and Shallufa (to the north of the Canal).
The map below comes from the book ‘The New Zealanders at Gallipoli’ (1919), and illustrates the location of El Kubri and Shallufa. It took the 1/11 London 2hours and 45 minutes to march the 12 miles to Kubri.
These two images show the Officer’s Mess at Kubri in 1916. We can see how closely the 1/11 London Officers watched over that part of the Canal, and can learn a little about the structures built and inhabited by the soldiers.
In this passage we see the Rifles move from El Shatt to Gebel Mur.
The Diary logs the arrival of Captain Tattersall, alongside 40 other ranks. Tattersall is pictured below , standing on a dune, in an image which illustrates the wide horizons and tall dunes of the Rifles’ environment at this point. Tattersall appears later in the Diary as the victim of what is referred to as ‘a most regrettable accident‘. After experiencing difficulties, Tattersall drowned while bathing in 1917, shortly following a heavy raid at Umbrella Hill.
The photo is taken by fellow Finsbury Rifle, Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley Cesnola Byrne. Byrne’s photos accompany many of our blog posts, helping to bring the War Diary to life. You can find out more about Bryne’s life and career here.
Battalion parades and musketry.
Work on defences as usual.
Normal routine. 2nd Lieutenant Sanderscock appointed ADC to General Palin while at El Shatt.
Normal routine. Orders received for Battalion to proceeded to Gebel Murr to relieve 1st Patriala Infantry.
Divine service under regimental arrangements. Part of camp struck prior to moving.
Location EL SHATT Date 15/5/16
Battalion parade 4.15 am preceded by route march to Gebel Murr. Arrived 7.20am. Remainder of day spent pitching camp and settling down generally. Battalion posting various Guards and piquet’s as usual. Capt. Tattersall and 40 other ranks arrived.
Location Gebel Murr
Battalion busy settling down finding guards and various duties.
Please explore the Glossary to learn more about any unfamiliar terms.
Join us this half term for one of our exciting family events, below, or simply pop in to say hello and play in our toy and role play corners!
Dance in Swan Lake
30th May, sessions at 10am and 11am. Under 5’s.
Join us at Moreland Children’s Centre to take part in our special ballet class for all the family. Become a beautiful swan or a swashbuckling hero.
Then explore Islington Museum’s beautiful theatre collection with our ballet themed crafts.
Screen printing and Storytelling: Spanish Civil War
Family Workshop and Stories (under 5’s welcome)
1st June, 10am-2pm. Stories at 10am and 10.40am (if enough people).
Come as a family to discover the Spanish Civil War. Join in our sensory adventure taking aid to Spain, travelling across water and mountains.Then get messy making your own mono and screen printed banners.
Don’t forget a packed lunch and messy clothes. Booking required.
To book or for more info please get in touch with us at: