The right time

Barclay Baron, first chairman of the Youth Hostels Association (YHA), in his later years recalled that YHA could not have chosen a more difficult time to start than 1930. His reflection of the beginning of youth hostels seems reasonable. We have an impression of the years that followed, up to the second world war, as... 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 →

Duties, chores: a dusting down

"Each member is required to carry out hostel duties as directed by the warden"* What do you remember about youth hostel chores? Washing up or dusting down? The daily chore was the centre piece of staying in a hostel from 1930 until at least the 1980s. Everyone swept, mopped, polished, scrubbed, or did any one... 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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