Health, fitness and funds

Since 2020 the government’s Culture Recovery Fund has awarded more than £2 million to support YHA’s recovery from the impact of Covid. The funding marks the widespread support for youth hostels and their importance to communities. Government support for youth hostels is not new. Amidst increasing concern for the health of the nation with war... Continue Reading →

In Search of England

Tours, travel writing and youth hostels In the 1920s people were flocking to the countryside in greater numbers than ever before, laying the foundations of the youth hostels movement in Britain. One popular journalist blamed roads, coaches and the cheap motor car for the growth in travel. Throwing open to ordinary people regions which had... Continue Reading →

A firm belief in peace

War in the Ukraine and our response remind me of the work of Jack Catchpool to achieve peace in the run up to the Second World War. Despite many of the difficulties he faced and criticisms that can be made of his approach to peace, which at times look like appeasement of the threat, I... Continue Reading →

Searching for memories

Trustees of the oldest building in Portsmouth want to hear from any YHA members who stayed there. Wymering Manor was a youth hostel from 1961 for more than 40 years. Despite the long history of the building the trustees have no records for the period when the building was a youth hostel. They now want... Continue Reading →

Owning a future

From its founding, the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) of England and Wales made great use of individuals and communities to open and run hostels on its behalf. These hostels, often known as adopted hostels, created vital links with local communities and rural life for hostels and their visitors. It's an approach that helps make YHA... Continue Reading →

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