The Great Diary Project

The Great Diary Project We preserve history by saving, housing and making available unpublished diaries. More information can be found at http://www.thegreatdiaryproject.co.uk/

Diaries are among our most precious items of heritage; they record the most remarkable of life’s events. But unless provisions are made these historical insights will be lost forever. The Great Diary Project provides a permanent home for unwanted diaries, ensuring they are preserved and providing access to a unique historical resource.
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Diaries are among our most precious items of heritage; they record the most remarkable of life’s events. But unless provisions are made these historical insights will be lost forever. The Great Diary Project provides a permanent home for unwanted diaries, ensuring they are preserved and providing access to a unique historical resource.
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See it well. Thank you to the Spare Rib paratexts.
17/10/2021

See it well. Thank you to the Spare Rib paratexts.

See it well. Thank you to the Spare Rib paratexts.

Last page and the last air raid, for this letter at least…
06/10/2021

Last page and the last air raid, for this letter at least…

Last page and the last air raid, for this letter at least…

Part four of letter from a bomb shelter…
25/09/2021

Part four of letter from a bomb shelter…

Part four of letter from a bomb shelter…

Page 4 of letters from a bomb shelter…
23/09/2021

Page 4 of letters from a bomb shelter…

Page 4 of letters from a bomb shelter…

Page 3 of letters from a bomb shelter…
18/09/2021

Page 3 of letters from a bomb shelter…

Page 3 of letters from a bomb shelter…

Page two of letter from a bomb shelter
15/09/2021

Page two of letter from a bomb shelter

Page two of letter from a bomb shelter

Letter from a bomb shelter… part 1
11/09/2021

Letter from a bomb shelter… part 1

Letter from a bomb shelter… part 1

A young diarist’s map of a Second World War bomb site.
09/09/2021

A young diarist’s map of a Second World War bomb site.

A young diarist’s map of a Second World War bomb site.

More wise paratexts - about wine this time…
03/09/2021

More wise paratexts - about wine this time…

More wise paratexts - about wine this time…

More wise words from Spare Rib’s diaries….
02/09/2021

More wise words from Spare Rib’s diaries….

More wise words from Spare Rib’s diaries….

Paratexts - the information given before and aft the meat of a diary. Sometimes, dates, maps, and recipes. Sometimes, be...
26/08/2021

Paratexts - the information given before and aft the meat of a diary. Sometimes, dates, maps, and recipes. Sometimes, beautiful wisdoms and words.

Paratexts - the information given before and aft the meat of a diary. Sometimes, dates, maps, and recipes. Sometimes, beautiful wisdoms and words.

Is a private diary ever written privately - without even half an eye for the public?
20/08/2021

Is a private diary ever written privately - without even half an eye for the public?

Is a private diary ever written privately - without even half an eye for the public?

Another glorious - if occasionally indecipherable - horde!!!
19/08/2021

Another glorious - if occasionally indecipherable - horde!!!

Another glorious - if occasionally indecipherable - horde!!!

Part 5. Still at sea.
14/08/2021

Part 5. Still at sea.

Part 5. Still at sea.

Who isn’t?
13/08/2021

Who isn’t?

Who isn’t?

13/08/2021
13/08/2021
Possibly from the Attic Press at London School of Economics, this diary will reveal all tomorrow… thanks to a wonderful ...
11/08/2021

Possibly from the Attic Press at London School of Economics, this diary will reveal all tomorrow… thanks to a wonderful recent depositor!!

Possibly from the Attic Press at London School of Economics, this diary will reveal all tomorrow… thanks to a wonderful recent depositor!!

I love it when diarists go blingtastic!!!! Put the sparkle in.
10/08/2021

I love it when diarists go blingtastic!!!! Put the sparkle in.

I love it when diarists go blingtastic!!!! Put the sparkle in.

Part 3 of the 1947 Singapore Sling
25/07/2021

Part 3 of the 1947 Singapore Sling

Part 3 of the 1947 Singapore Sling

https://lgbthistoryuk.org/wiki/George_Lucas These diaries of Mr Lucas are fascinating and extracts are published every w...
22/07/2021
George Lucas - LGBT Archive

https://lgbthistoryuk.org/wiki/George_Lucas These diaries of Mr Lucas are fascinating and extracts are published every weekend by Hugo Greenhalgh on Facebook.

George Lucas (born George Quirke) (1926–2014) was a gay man who worked in the Civil Service. He documented his life in a series of detailed personal diaries which he bequeathed to journalist Hugo Greenhalgh. When Greenhalgh started to examine the diaries he uncovered remarkable accounts of a man w...

The past can be present, even when it is over 350 years ago…
22/07/2021

The past can be present, even when it is over 350 years ago…

The past can be present, even when it is over 350 years ago…

Pt 2 1947 deployment to Singapore  by boat….
21/07/2021

Pt 2 1947 deployment to Singapore by boat….

Pt 2 1947 deployment to Singapore by boat….

Pt 1. 1947 deployment to Singapore by sea… more diary than letters but still letters…
19/07/2021

Pt 1. 1947 deployment to Singapore by sea… more diary than letters but still letters…

Pt 1. 1947 deployment to Singapore by sea… more diary than letters but still letters…

I love this alphabetical list of countries visited from our dear diarist GDP 552. Also featured yesterday….
16/07/2021

I love this alphabetical list of countries visited from our dear diarist GDP 552. Also featured yesterday….

I love this alphabetical list of countries visited from our dear diarist GDP 552. Also featured yesterday….

A stellar reply from a stellar GDP diarist.
15/07/2021

A stellar reply from a stellar GDP diarist.

A stellar reply from a stellar GDP diarist.

Rows upon rows upon rows of beautiful diary material. Much of which is open and ready and willing for able researchers a...
14/07/2021

Rows upon rows upon rows of beautiful diary material. Much of which is open and ready and willing for able researchers at GDP

Rows upon rows upon rows of beautiful diary material. Much of which is open and ready and willing for able researchers at GDP

It isn’t coming home. But it did, once.
13/07/2021

It isn’t coming home. But it did, once.

It isn’t coming home. But it did, once.

We save and share (when appropriate) unpublished diaries. However, we are also lucky enough to have Mr Bunting’s collect...
09/07/2021

We save and share (when appropriate) unpublished diaries. However, we are also lucky enough to have Mr Bunting’s collection of published diaries. What a chap! He dedicated himself to collecting every published diary ever. Of course, completion of this task was but a dream. But, the ambition was very real and means we now house 100s of unpublished, oft forgotten, diaries.

We save and share (when appropriate) unpublished diaries. However, we are also lucky enough to have Mr Bunting’s collection of published diaries. What a chap! He dedicated himself to collecting every published diary ever. Of course, completion of this task was but a dream. But, the ambition was very real and means we now house 100s of unpublished, oft forgotten, diaries.

Your diary won’t seem mundane in 100 years
08/07/2021
Your diary won’t seem mundane in 100 years

Your diary won’t seem mundane in 100 years

Sensation, spite, social climbing, high society, self-indulgence, s*x; Chips Channon had the raw materials to make his uncensored diaries newsworthy a century after he began them. They shock, repel

One of my favourite diarists; super mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, alchemist, family-loving,...
08/07/2021

One of my favourite diarists; super mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, alchemist, family-loving, charismatic, prolific…. Dr Dee. Dr Dee witnessed a busy month in July, 466 years ago… his ‘diary’ webs through the margins of his many other, more professional, record books. It can be viewed on-line… worth a read for anyone interested in getting into the 16th c vibe.

One of my favourite diarists; super mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, alchemist, family-loving, charismatic, prolific…. Dr Dee. Dr Dee witnessed a busy month in July, 466 years ago… his ‘diary’ webs through the margins of his many other, more professional, record books. It can be viewed on-line… worth a read for anyone interested in getting into the 16th c vibe.

Circa 1880 - the man about town enjoyed his meals accompanied by the sounds of the music hall… This incredible diary by ...
07/07/2021

Circa 1880 - the man about town enjoyed his meals accompanied by the sounds of the music hall… This incredible diary by George MacArthur Scales is now available to view at The Great Diary Project. It is a rare meal that goes under detailed and no menu escapes scrutiny.

Circa 1880 - the man about town enjoyed his meals accompanied by the sounds of the music hall… This incredible diary by George MacArthur Scales is now available to view at The Great Diary Project. It is a rare meal that goes under detailed and no menu escapes scrutiny.

The ‘plague’ diaries (as they are dubbed by many of their diarists) deposited this year show both the human and the hist...
06/07/2021

The ‘plague’ diaries (as they are dubbed by many of their diarists) deposited this year show both the human and the historical side of living through an ‘event’.

The ‘plague’ diaries (as they are dubbed by many of their diarists) deposited this year show both the human and the historical side of living through an ‘event’.

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What a wonderful idea! Do you know if there is something similar in the U.S.? Do you take diaries from outside the U.K.? Thanks for doing what you do!!