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EXPERIENCES, MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS

'Heart Surgeon urges women to join her at cutting edge!'

Photograph from article relating to Elaine Griffiths, former King’s College London alumna, 1993 King’s College Archives (Ref: K/PC6/22), 28 October 1993, The Times, ‘Heart Surgeon urges women to join her at cutting edge!’ colour photograph of Elaine Griffiths, former King’s College London alumna, operating in theatre. © King's College London Archives
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‘Catching the Coal – A Strand Sketch’ from the Ex-Service Man, 1919

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (Ref: Hamilton 11/1/5), 1 May 1919, article entitled ‘Catching the Coal – A Strand Sketch’ from The Ex-Service Man, conveying a conversation between a shoe shiner and his customer on the Strand. ‘Catching the Coal – A Strand Sketch’ from the Ex-Service Man, 1919
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A Great Week for Sheila, 1948

Article titled 'Tomorrow’s Graduate' from issue of ‘The Illustrated’ women's magazine King's College London Archives (Ref: K/PBN/1/4), 26 June 1948, article titled 'Tomorrow’s Graduate' by I. Robertson which relates to women students at King's College London and in particular, a day in the life of King’s College London student, Sheila Harris. A Great Week for Sheila, 1948 A Great Week ...
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Parish Office, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Parish Office, St Martin-in-the-Fields © St Martin-in-the-Fields Archives.
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A memory of the Strand

This story was kindly contributed by Pattiyan. I have used CX station for years, right from my early working days c.1942. I remember going to lunch at the Strand Palace, Lyons corner house, and eating in the Salad Bar with a boy friend when I was sixteen. The boy I knew was waiting for his call up for National Service. ...
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Sir Joseph Bazalgette

[missing video] Work is still going on, long after Bazalgette
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Soundscapes on the Strand

My room in King’s College faces out on to the quad and throughout the day today I kept hearing a single shout , that sounded like ‘coaaal...’ coming from the building works on the east wing of Somerset House and repeated every few seconds.  From ground level it was inaudible but from the fourth floor of the South Range it ...
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Knitting Under Blackfriars Bridge/Making a Knitted Nativity Scene for a Lawyer at Temple

'Charlie' leads Sockmob walking tours around London. I have written about these tours for the Strandlines blog. 'Charlie' used to be homeless, and slept around the Strand, Covent Garden, Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridge. She describes here how she knitted and sold toys as an alternative to begging. [missing audio]
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Lines away from the Strand

In 1982, when I was seventeen, I was called to interview at King’s College.  I didn’t go there for my English degree in the end, but the trip to London that day was one of many I made as a teenager, often alone.  I was obsessed with art and the theatre, with the culture of the capital. It was such ...
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