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“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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Inspiring Adventures – Day Three

Continuing the story of Hilary Hughes, based on the log book of her cycle tour in the South of England in August 1936, a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two young women in 1936, when they were alone in the world, unaided, for a week. Breakfast was nothing, Hilary declared to her diary; a... Continue Reading →

About the YHA Historical Profiles project

John Martin has been making his historical profiles available on this site. Here, in a guest post, he writes about the history of the project and explains how he became involved. Rock Hall, courtesy YHA Archive I’ve been involved with archiving the records of the British and Irish youth hostels associations since 2000, but my... Continue Reading →

Latest news about YHA Profiles

John Martin has been making his historical profiles available on this site. Here, in a guest post, he writes about progress developing the profiles. Llwyn-y-Celyn, courtesy John Martin Since the beginning of 2020 the following Profiles have been added to the collection: Northumberland: Ninebanks; Wallington, Great Bavington and Rothley Shiel hostels; WholehopeCounty Durham: *Edmundbyers area;... Continue Reading →

Inspiring adventures – day two

Continuing the story of Hilary Hughes, based on the log book of her cycle tour in the South of England, a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two young women in 1936, when they were alone in the world, unaided, for a week. 1936 was a momentous year. The Royal scandal of King Edward’s relationship... Continue Reading →

Inspiring adventures

It almost seemed silly how easily it began. Someone took a photograph. The pair mounted their cycles, and pedalled off. Not far up the unpaved road, they dismounted and walked to the top of the hill where they paused, and waved. Then, for anyone watching, they disappeared, alone, and unaided. Hilary Hughes and Margaret Taylor... Continue Reading →

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