Now we are at the end of the summer I realised that I have been very lax and not written my blog for some time but perhaps quality is better than quantity. I have also spent long periods of PhD research and writing at home, and producing nothing of great interest to anyone reading this blog. So the next entries will being everything up to date.
Back in May my PhD research subject ‘Florence Farmborough’ was featured in a national WW1 touring exhibition ‘No Man’s Land’, which opened in the early part of the year in Bradford. Alongside Farmborough it also featured images and artefacts by Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, Olive Edis, Clarice Spratling and Dawn Cole, Chloe Dewe Mathews and Alison Baskerville.
Although the cathedral was a wonderful building having been to the private view and the opening in Bradford, I felt this exhibition worked better within a gallery setting. The cathedral exhibits were not sited together so the visitor had to search in different locations which I felt led to a loss of continuity.
After Bristol the exhibition was moving to Leigh and later Bishop Auckland. It was good to be able to see some of these images again. The recent images by Alison Baskerville and Chloe Dewe Mathews are certainly worth further investigation.
The last few weeks have been challenging so I have to keep reminding myself of things that my main supervisor Karen has told me such as, that as I am part-time it need not take over my life! It had begun to feel like that so it was time to stand back a bit. I also reminded myself of three things:
That there will be an end in sight one day not that far off.
Not to get bogged down with too much information, articles etc. to wade through, as at the end of the day they are to supplement my ideas and provide evidence of my conclusions etc. and I do not need to include everything only the best bits.
If I did not carry on I would be wasting all the money I had invested in this so far and would very much regret it later.
So I am back on track but not making as fast progress as I had hoped by now in view of having to submit some more writing by end of June.
However every now and then a little gem appears. I was asked by Sarah from the University of Hertfordshire who I met at the Kathe Buchler Conference recently, to write a piece on my research for their ‘Everyday Lives in War’ website. Whilst for those who have had lots already published this is not a major deal but for me it is a first. It has also helped in that long battle to regenerate my self-confidence!