Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

As Christmas 2017 approaches at the end of another busy year, I recall Christmas and New Year 1997, twenty years ago, when I visited Latvia and Lithuania over the festive season. At that time, I was studying for my PhD about Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians in Britain, and was travelling to these countries two or three times a year.  I allowed myself another trip at … Continue reading Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Hull is my home city, I was born and bred in Hull, and as a child in the 1970’s, I spent many weekends around the Hull Docks area, which is a very historical area close to the city centre, with outstanding views across the Humber Estuary.  I had no idea at the time, that less than 30 years previously, large boats and ships carrying Baltic … Continue reading Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian European Volunteer Workers in Britain: initial accommodation experiences in camps and hostels in Britain, 1946-1951

In my new book, Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951, I discuss the refugees’ first experiences in Britain.  For many, this involved spending time living in camps and hostels around Britain, while they carried out their initial labour contracts.  They spent varying amounts of time there, some for as little as a few days and some for several years.  This … Continue reading Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian European Volunteer Workers in Britain: initial accommodation experiences in camps and hostels in Britain, 1946-1951

Book Reviews – “Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Great Britain, 1946-1951”

Since Rebuilding Post-War Britain was published in June this year (2017) there have been some amazing reviews about the book, some of which I will mention below: Daily Mail Article (Amie Gordon, 17 May 2017):  Revealed: How tens of thousands of Eastern European immigrants helped rebuild Britain in the dark days after WWII Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian immigrants played a key role in helping to … Continue reading Book Reviews – “Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Great Britain, 1946-1951”

New Book ‘Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51’, is OUT NOW!

I am really excited to announce that my new book Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51 is now out (as of 7 June 2017) (in the UK).  The book is available directly from the publishers Pen and Sword via the following website: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Rebuilding-Post-War-Britain-Paperback/p/13617 It is also available via all good bookshops and online bookshops.  It is also available in various … Continue reading New Book ‘Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51’, is OUT NOW!

New Book – Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951

I am really excited to announce that my new book Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian refugees in Britain, 1946-1951, has now been completed and is due to be published in June this year (2017) by Pen and Sword Publishers.  It has been a long haul, with lots of ups and downs, but I have had a lot of help both from the … Continue reading New Book – Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951

‘Something True’ by Alexandra Māzers

Introduction by Emily Gilbert I am really excited to publish the latest blog post by Alexandra Māzers about her Latvian family history.  Alexandra (Alex) is a second generation Latvian who lives in Devon in the UK, and has spent the last few years researching her Latvian family.  Alex’s father came to Britain as a child, on the European Volunteer Workers’ dependent relatives scheme, after the … Continue reading ‘Something True’ by Alexandra Māzers