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Remembering Glasgow’s James Watt Street Fire, 18 November 1968

James (Jim) Smith joined Glasgow Fire Brigade as a firefighter in 1962 at the age of twenty, where he was assigned to one of the busiest city stations in Western Europe. Glasgow was known as ‘Tinderbox City’ at the time, and the brigade had a reputation for being well-equipped and trained in order to deal … Continue reading Remembering Glasgow’s James Watt Street Fire, 18 November 1968

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Stories of Burns Past: Destiny and The Button

Some stories you’re meant to tell. And there are days you’re meant to tell them. The Button’s tale draws together work and people, linking individual ideas, the plans of different projects, and global travel. For me, the story began in 2018, but for The Button, this all started in 1890. Some items contained in the … Continue reading Stories of Burns Past: Destiny and The Button

Learning from the A-bomb: Atomic flash-burns in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

*This post contains images that some readers may find distressing* Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima. Image copyright: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum From 1 January until 26 March 2018, I shifted my research on the history of burns in Britain to explore these injuries in the context of Japan during the Second World War. Although the connections … Continue reading Learning from the A-bomb: Atomic flash-burns in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Scale, Scope, Equality and History: Reflections on Glasgow Research

Just as the neeps and tatties of Burns Night were being cleared away, before the UK university strikes of recent weeks, I found myself again transported back to last year and my time in Scotland… Image © The Author. ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injuries and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’ considers experiences across Britain and throughout … Continue reading Scale, Scope, Equality and History: Reflections on Glasgow Research

Interview with ‘Forged by Fire’ artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Biography As part of the ‘Forged by Fire’ project, the research team decided to commission Birmingham artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood to produce a series of stories, which will form a graphic novel describing some of the experiences of the people and professionals who experienced and treated burns historically. Sarah, who was an artist in residence at … Continue reading Interview with ‘Forged by Fire’ artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Burns Awareness and Identity

Professor Jonathan Reinarz On 13 October 2017, I attended the fifth annual Woundcare4Heroes conference in London, where I was invited to speak on identity and burns through history. Although the Forged by Fire team are organising our own events in 2018 and 2019 on ‘Anonymity’ and ‘Heroism’ , this invitation provided a timely opportunity to … Continue reading Burns Awareness and Identity

The history of safety campaigns and material culture; or, what historical significance does the humble serviette hold?

Shane Ewen, Co-Investigator on the Forged by Fire project, reports on a recent research trip to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Birmingham. Some of the best finds in the archives are those we don’t expect. On a recent research trip to the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of … Continue reading The history of safety campaigns and material culture; or, what historical significance does the humble serviette hold?