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Rationing chart for 1940-1942 showing types of food and amounts allowed. Image from ‘The British People at War’, © Odhams Press Ltd (published in the 1940s)

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The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

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Telephone style 1960 We used to make phone calls to random people in the phone book - 'get off the line there's a train coming!'. Very imaginative (not). More

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from the Guardian

The official British army fitness programme

The official British army fitness programme. 16 weeks of workouts. Press ups, sit ups, 1.5mile run.

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Christmas in wartime: Sandbags are placed outside the shop window at Selfridges to protect it during the first Christmas of World War II in 1939

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from Telegraph.co.uk

Historic London: photographs on display at Wandsworth Museum

A suffragette stand at the Women's Exhibition of 1909, in a photograph taken by Christina Broom, the first British female press photographer

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