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Early 20th century (1901–1918)

The period spanning the Edwardian era to the end of the First World War saw many aspects of life transformed. Our records document developments in art, design and technology, as well as huge societal shifts brought on by global conflict and women’s fight for the vote.

Stories from the collection

The story of Louis Wain

Read about Louis Wain

Artist and illustrator Louis Wain (1860–1939) achieved great fame for his whimsical drawings of cats, but his story is also a sad one of personal tragedy.