Extract from diary kept by Miss Woodside, Belfast, as part of the Tom Harrison Mass Observation research project in the United Kingdom, recording the Belfast Blitz and its aftermath, 1941. The diary includes evidence of the health and social conditions of evacuees from the Belfast slums. For example, she notes, '...My mother telephoned to say that she took in eight evacuees last night, two mothers and six children, saying 'our mother is about to have another baby any minute', that they are all filthy, the smell in the room is terrible. They refuse all food except bread and tea; the children have made puddles all over the floor etc. She is terribly sorry for them and kindliness itself, but finds this revelation of how the 'other half ' live rather overpowering', 15-25 April 1941.

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