Profiles

A guest post from John Martin Descriptive studies of individual hostels are one of the most popular features of this site. John Martin, YHA's hon archivist, has kindly put together a guest blog about these profiles with a full list of all those available at this time - the list grows constantly - and where... Continue Reading →

The first youth hostel Christmas

Pennant Hall, photo courtesy YHA Archive  On a bright December day in 1930, Connie Alexander was walking down Lord Street in Liverpool. She was happy and carefree. Christmas was coming and bright days in December can be few. On a street corner she bumped into two friends in the middle of an animated discussion. Her... Continue Reading →

Bought, begged, borrowed, stolen

A short history of Tanners Hatch Volunteers, two thirds of them women, built a hostel from a ruined cottage in the middle of the second world war. Tanners Hatch is a hostel with one of the proudest histories of any of YHA's, its location one to of YHA's best and it owes its origins to... Continue Reading →

Steps Bridge, a bit of personal history

I dreamed of running ‘my own’ youth hostel. When a couple of youth hostel jobs in the south-west of England came vacant and the region was looking for new wardens, I applied. A gang of us, prospective wardens in our mid 20s, toured the empty properties. We picked them over and smelled the damp, before... Continue Reading →

Floods and common space

The changing places of youth hostels On a flying visit to Cumbria, we managed a night at the hostel in Keswick. We stayed in a balcony room with a view of the town's Fitz Park, and the river that, in recent years, has flooded twice. Twice the flooding river wrecked the hostel's ground floor and... Continue Reading →

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