Camping in the 20th century gallery

By Sarah Orme, 23 July 2017 - 2:09pm

In 1908, Thomas Hiram Holding (often referred to as the father of modern camping) published The Camper’s Handbook. British people have loved caravans and sleeping under canvas ever since. Explore nostalgic camping memories in our online gallery…

Caravan holidays

Caravan holidays in the 1930s
A family enjoys a tea break in front of their caravan in 1934. The campsite, at Hurley Farm near Maidenhead in Berkshire, is run by the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland (Getty Images).

Girls go glamping - 1920s style!

Young women camping in the 1920s
Four young women enjoy a cup of tea outside their tent while camping in the Chiltern hills in southern England in 1929. The ladies have come prepared, bringing with them home comforts including a table, crockery and a large gramophone. (Getty Images)

Charitable camping trips for youngsters

Young boys whose holidays have been paid for by the local scout group
These young boys, whose fathers are unemployed, are on a camping holiday at a site near Farnborough, Kent, in 1934. They are the guests of Kent Scouts, who raised money to pay for the boys’ holiday. (Getty Images)

Getting closer to nature

A man collects water from a stream on a camping trip in North Wales in the 1930s
Mrs Smith and two friends make tea using water from a stream while on holiday in North Wales in 1931. (Getty Images)

Workhouse children

Workhouse children
A group of children from Islington workhouse do the washing up on a camping trip in 1912. (Getty Images)

Young offenders


Two young offenders are looked after by a magistrate from Worthing during a camping trip in 1938. (Getty Images)

Festival of lights

Young women hang up lanterns for a festival while camping near Loch Lomond in Scotland
Young women decorate their tents with lanterns in preparation for an annual outdoor festival known as the 'Feast of Lanterns' which is held at Balmaha, on the eastern side of Loch Lomond in September 1935. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Rise and shine!

Young women eat their breakfast outdoors on a camping trip in 1931
Campers eat their breakfast in the open air in 1931.

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