Discover 20sPeople through words

There’s an array of reading on the 1920s at The National Archives: blog articles that give the context of life in 1920s Britain, as well as original letters and documents featured in our recent exhibition, ‘The 1920s: Beyond the Roar‘. More blog articles will be released weekly – sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date.

Image (depicting left to right): Goldsworthy ‘Goldie’ Lowes Dickinson, Lytton Strachey, George H W ‘Dadie’ Rylands and Reginald S ‘Ralph’ Partridge enjoying a picnic and reading in July 1928. Goldie was a Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, involved in founding the League of Nations and a champion of Chinese culture in the UK. Dadie Rylands produced the first complete recordings of Shakespeare and cannot be underestimated as an influential Shakespearean. Lytton Strachey was famous for his sardonic, demystifying biographies of eminent Victorians. Ralph Partridge was an army officer who worked for Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. With thanks to the Frances Partridge estate and the archives of King’s College, Cambridge for the image.