The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

Ruth Childerhouse is just completing her second year as an English student at LJMU. Early this year she was given the chance of travelling to Tirunelveli in India to visit a range of schools and colleges there. Here, she reflects upon her experiences in the context of her studies of post colonialism.  Our focus on the trip was special needs schools,  and coming back I was completely emotionally exhausted. I am so incredibly grateful that I was given this chance to explore the differences in culture and I was constantly on the lookout for evidence of a British colonial legacy. The best way I can explain my impression of this legacy is through road signs. When we got off the aeroplane in Thiruvananthapuram (try saying that after a few drinks!), my first thought was, ‘Oh help, I’m going to get run over’. Actually, my first thought was ‘I’m going to die in this heat’, but the prospect of being squished by a van was...
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Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Ruth Childerhouse is a second year English student at LJMU. Here, she reflects upon her volunteer role as a guide and conservator at the National Trust Hardmans' House, on Rodney Street.  I have always loved museums. There is something beautiful about being in a space dedicated to a collection of objects filled with history. Even the most insignificant paperclip can become a story. It’s magical. I began volunteering for the National Trust in the summer of 2015. The property, Hardmans' House, is a tiny, overlooked photography studio which ran from the 1920s to the 60s. During the open season I work as a room guide, showing visitors around, and during the winter, when the house is closed, I work on conservation. We are often freezing cold and frantically scrambling to cover the fact that we are short staffed. It’s the highlight of my week. The photographers who ran the business, Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife and business partner, Margaret, were brilliant people. Both...
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