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Violet Dix’s Trunk: childhood in Saffron Walden, 1910-1920

Author: Gillian Holman
ISBN: 0 86025 473 9


When Violet died, aged nine, in 1919, her parents packed her clothes, toys, school reports, diaries and photographs away in a trunk, which was not opened again until 1991 – when it became a time capsule of what it was like to be a child during the Great War years.

The trunk’s contents were featured in Saffron Walden Museum and that material is here expanded by collecting reminiscences from people who were Violet’s contemporaries in Saffron Walden and surrounding villages. Here, then, is a complete picture of early 20th century childhood in an Essex town – family life, schooling, town and country pursuits, holidays, the impact of the War, and clothing.

96 pages, 25 photographs, 19 line illustrations

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