Category Archives: Kirsten Jarrett

Dr Kirsten Jarrett is an independent researcher. She is primarily an archaeologist, but also researching social identity in early 20th century domestic contexts and the role of material culture during the late 20th century in post-trauma identity reconstruction.You can browse her blog contributions below.

Ada Chesterton’s I Lived in a Slum (1936) – sensationalist reportage or valuable historical testimony?

In this post, Kirsten Jarrett asks about the value of social investigations such as those of Ada Chesterton to historians. Are they sensationalist reportage or valuable historical testimony? Bearing in mind the numerous comparable contemporaneous texts, as well as her … Continue reading

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In Darkest London: Investigating Destitution in the 1920s

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Kirsten Jarrett Classic Text: In Darkest London by Ada Chesterton (1926) Anne Turner was the pseudonym used by Ada Elizabeth Chesterton, the widow of G.K. Chesterston’s brother Cecil, herself a journalist and ‘social reformer’. It was under this name that, … Continue reading

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