“The definitive history of YHA”

Two books, Richard Schirrmann - the man who invented youth hostels and Open to All - how youth hostels changed the world.  Both are available from Amazon. The biography of Schirrmann is available as a Kindle book £2.50 or paperback £3.99. Open to All is available as a paperback (£9.99) and kindle (£3.39). Youth hostels... Continue Reading →

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Open to All revised

A new and illustrated edition Events change, times move and the up to date becomes old news. We all face the slow fade of what was new and exciting into rubbed, dull life so it's inevitable to want to revive and renew when time has passed. Open to All was published four years ago. Readers... Continue Reading →

A woman on her own

The Gummersons, far left, a married couple who ran early youth hostels, here at Stainforth. In the years around 1950 youth hostels changed. Little shows the change as dramatically as the employment of women in youth hostels. In the years before the second world war, many women had run youth hostels on their own. By... Continue Reading →

Hostel work, Gwen Moffat and Rowen

Women, history and hostels #7 Gwen Moffat wrote about a time after war, when, with “peace declared, all the excitement was over, and now there was only the bewildering prospect of demobilisation and beyond that… nothing.” Except she found excitement in climbing, in the beauty of the hills, “swimming in winter pools with snow crusting... Continue Reading →

Stepping stones

Youth hostels, good-will and reconciliation Youth hostels had always been practical, all about self-help, with “a vigorous tradition of eager volunteers going off on their weekends to help build or convert new hostels...” * Jack Catchpool, first national secretary of YHA (England and Wales), was sure that, in bringing young people together to work at... Continue Reading →

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