Lorna started a diary in September 1939. At the time she was aged 25, and had returned to live at home in Malvern with her parents following undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

In one of her entries Lorna said:

I shall bury this diary so deep that one day, in a saner world, someon Read more...

Lorna started a diary in September 1939. At the time she was aged 25, and had returned to live at home in Malvern with her parents following undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

In one of her entries Lorna said:

I shall bury this diary so deep that one day, in a saner world, someone may find it and know that the last legions of civilisation meant not domination but good, even though their hands were feeble and their foresight all too dim.

When we first set up this Blipfoto journal, we intended to post daily photos of Lorna's diary entries in the present against the appropriate date of exactly 80 years in the past. Beneath this we would provide a transcript of each diary entry as narrative. At the time we also had access to some other writing and artwork by Lorna, so we planned to fill gaps between the diary entries with this. Inevitably, however, we accepted that there would be days when we would have nothing to photograph and blip for Lorna's journal.

Then, in November 2019 at a family reunion, Lorna's niece passed a large archive of Lorna's work on to us. The archive contains dozens of pictures, as well as further examples of Lorna's writing in various forms (including poems and plays) in both English and French. Some of the creations date far back to Lorna's early childhood.

With this additional material we realised that it was likely that we would be able to fill most (all?) of the gaps between the diary entries. So this journal is now more than the war diary originally anticipated. Instead it has transformed into a vehicle for showcasing some of the work of a talented young English woman born at the start of the twentieth century.