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 →

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 →

Membership card no 5

YHA’s archive recently received the kind donation of a rare membership card from 1931 along with valuable information about an early youth hostel in Devon. The Plymouth and District Regional group issued its card no 5 to Blyth Palk, one of 78 who joined YHA in 1931 in that region. Palk went on to marry... Continue Reading →

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 →

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