Inside Hamleys on Channel5 TV was aired on 16 December. View it and listen to Deborah’s contribution to the programme about this iconic toy shop.
I’ll be showing new pieces in the Transient Memory Series at Kingsgate Winter Show on 23-25 November.; 110-116 Kingsgate Road, London NW6 2JG
edited and designed by Deborah for the Newcomen Society is now published
Read Deborah’s comments on the teddy bear as an iconic image of childhood and more in Michael Hann’s article, about Build-A-Bear’s recent day of mayhem, in the Guardian.
Newcomen Links 246 is now published by the Newcomen Society
THE BIOGRAPHY OF AN ARCHIVE MY father, Friedel Jaffé, was a refugee from Germany, arriving in London in March 1939. Some years after he died in 1990, I discovered numerous files of his correspondence between 1937 and 1946. Although he told me some details of the desperation of this period of his life, it was nothing in comparison to what I have discovered in this correspondence. It reveals the bleakness of his life trying to ‘get out’, believing he had no future, his arrival in London and not being allowed to work, learning a new language, the outbreak of war, his internment and as a soldier in the Pioneer Corps of the British Army. This archive has taken on its own biography as I make further discoveries and links based on the revelations within it.
WARTH MILLS Friedel was interned in dreadful conditions at Warth Mills in Bury, Lancashire. I am delighted that Richard Shaw has initiated this important project to trace the descendants of those interned there and in so doing tell the stories of the internees. This is an important piece of social history and still relevant today. See more here
KRISTALLNACHT To mark the 80th anniversary of the dreadful events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, the Wiener Library has included a photograph of Friedel in Berlin and two letters between him and his sister, in their exhibition, SHATTERED: Pogrom, November 1938. This is all further evidence that ‘family’ papers are testament to historical events.
I was pleased to talk about the archive , especially the pieces in it that relate to Kristallnacht, at the Wiener Library.
Interest in Ingenious Women, first published in 2003 continues. Deborah is regularly asked to comment and lecture on her research and also on women’s contribution to innovation and IP. She was delighted that World IP Day 2018 acknowledged the contribution women have made, and continue to make. Women’s ingenuity to problem solve, find creative solutions and work things out cannot be overlooked. Listen to Deborah discuss the inventions of the ingenious Sarah Guppy on Today, BBC Radio 4 here.