Our thoughts have turned to seaside holidays during this recent heatwave.
Some people were lucky enough to go for day trips or a week’s holiday with their families.

At the seaside, c.1906. (GB124.DPA/2360/50).

For others a day out was a rare occasion, even a once in a childhood one.
Beach Trip, Cinderella Club, Manchester Branch, 1910

Beach Trip, Cinderella Club, Manchester Branch, 1910
The Cinderella Movement was founded in the late nineteenth century to provide food and entertainment for poor children.

Cinderella Club, Manchester Branch, 1910

Cinderella Clubs, named after the fairy tale character, were formed to improve the lives of poor children in very practical ways.

The man behind this movement was from Manchester. Robert Blatchford was a journalist, co-founder and editor of the Clarion Newspaper.
Robert Blatchford, 1905
His movement inspired other like minded people around the country to form their own Cinderella Clubs.They had a powerful impact on the lives of many children being brought up in harsh and impoverished conditions.
Beach Trip, Cinderella Club, Manchester Branch, 1910

These photographs are from 1910. I’m so glad someone had the camera equipment and the imagination to record these images of the work done by the local Cinderella Club so we can share them more than a century later.

Boy, Cinderella Club, Manchester,1910

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