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Tidying Collection

"Tidying: A Testament to Respect and Resilience" In the midst of the chaos that war brings, a British soldier tenderly tends to the grave of his fallen colleague in WW1

Background imageTidying Collection: Fighting to keep Britain beautiful are Holmfirth High School pupils (from left)

Fighting to keep Britain beautiful are Holmfirth High School pupils (from left), Ben Steele, Jonathan Trollope, Robert Goddard, Simon Thompson, Penny Gibbins and Lorna Rees

Background imageTidying Collection: British soldier tending grave of fallen colleague, WW1

British soldier tending grave of fallen colleague, WW1
A British soldier tending the grave of a fallen colleague on the Western Front during World War One. A row of plants can be seen. Date: circa 1916

Background imageTidying Collection: British soldier tidying grave of fallen colleague, WW1

British soldier tidying grave of fallen colleague, WW1
A British soldier tidying the grave of a fallen colleague on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageTidying Collection: In Sure and Certain Hope, 1914-19 (litho)

In Sure and Certain Hope, 1914-19 (litho)
STC359857 In Sure and Certain Hope, 1914-19 (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Female gardeners attached to Q.M.A.A.C)

Background imageTidying Collection: Maid clearing up a mans clothes (colour photo)

Maid clearing up a mans clothes (colour photo)
3096304 Maid clearing up a mans clothes (colour photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Maid clearing up a mans clothes)

Background imageTidying Collection: Christmas on the Nile (engraving)

Christmas on the Nile (engraving)
1044814 Christmas on the Nile (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christmas on the Nile)

Background imageTidying Collection: Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b / w photo)

Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b / w photo)
3057812 Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b/w photo) by Bond, Frederick William (1887-1942); Zoological Society of London; (add.info)

Background imageTidying Collection: What the little ones can do (chromolitho)

What the little ones can do (chromolitho)
6001856 What the little ones can do (chromolitho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: What the little ones can do)

Background imageTidying Collection: Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b / w photo)

Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b / w photo)
3066105 Clearing up after a Bank Holiday at London Zoo in 1924 (b/w photo) by Bond, Frederick William (1887-1942); Zoological Society of London; (add.info)

Background imageTidying Collection: Warsaw street sweeper, winter

Warsaw street sweeper, winter
A woman street sweeper brushes snow in a Warsaw park, Poland Date: 1987

Background imageTidying Collection: Old Maid card game - The Park Keeper

Old Maid card game - The Park Keeper. circa 1950s

Background imageTidying Collection: Student at Trinity College, Cambridge University

Student at Trinity College, Cambridge University
Student tidying up his bed in his room at Trinity College, Cambridge University. Date: 1967

Background imageTidying Collection: Girls Dorm / Land Army

Girls Dorm / Land Army
Girls in the Land Army tidy up their dormitory Date: early 1940s

Background imageTidying Collection: WW2 greetings card, OHMS

WW2 greetings card, OHMS, showing a soldier picking up litter from a lawn -- his contribution to the war effort! Date: circa 1942

Background imageTidying Collection: Hat factory after fire

Hat factory after fire in 1906, showing the scale of destruction after basic tidying up. Six weeks after the fire, production resumed. Date: 1906

Background imageTidying Collection: Japanese boy scouts on outdoor activity

Japanese boy scouts on outdoor activity
Japanese boy scouts on an outdoor activity, tidying up a grassy area

Background imageTidying Collection: British soldier cleaning up debris, Western Front, WW1

British soldier cleaning up debris, Western Front, WW1
A British soldier cleaning up debris on the Western Front during World War One. Date: circa 1916

Background imageTidying Collection: Clearing up a battlefield after an advance, WW1

Clearing up a battlefield after an advance, WW1
Clearing up a battlefield after an advance during World War One. Rifles are stacked into neat pyramid shapes. Date: circa 1916

Background imageTidying Collection: The Cleaning Lady, from Les Femmes de Paris, 1841-42 (colour litho)

The Cleaning Lady, from Les Femmes de Paris, 1841-42 (colour litho)
XIR216400 The Cleaning Lady, from Les Femmes de Paris, 1841-42 (colour litho) by Geniole, Alfred Andre (1813-61); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageTidying Collection: Picture No. 10889660

Picture No. 10889660
Mature Beech Tree - tree surgeon tidying up felled tree Date:

Background imageTidying Collection: Cutting down clumps of daffodills with yellowed leaves, using shears, close-up

Cutting down clumps of daffodills with yellowed leaves, using shears, close-up

Background imageTidying Collection: The Dolly Girls

The Dolly Girls

Background imageTidying Collection: Gardener pushing a wheelbarrow

Gardener pushing a wheelbarrow full of fallen leaves

Background imageTidying Collection: Gardener raking leaves

Gardener raking leaves fallen on a lawn

Background imageTidying Collection: Collecting horse chestnuts

Collecting horse chestnuts
A woman in a skirt, patterned v-neck jumper and beret sweeps up conkers from the ground and collects them in a basket. Date: c.1932

Background imageTidying Collection: Gipsy Woman & Flowers

Gipsy Woman & Flowers
An old gipsy woman chops leaves off flower stalks, possibly tidying them up so that she can sell them. Her dog looks soulfully into her eyes, seeking her attention

Background imageTidying Collection: Piles of rubbish collected from beach beyond, Torloisk beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland (RR)

Piles of rubbish collected from beach beyond, Torloisk beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland (RR)
Matthew Watkinson / SplashdownDirect


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"Tidying: A Testament to Respect and Resilience" In the midst of the chaos that war brings, a British soldier tenderly tends to the grave of his fallen colleague in WW1. With each carefully placed flower and meticulously tidied headstone, he pays homage to a life lost too soon. Holmfirth High School pupils unite in their fight to keep Britain beautiful. Shoulder to shoulder, they diligently pick up litter and tidy their surroundings, understanding that even small actions can make a big difference. "In Sure and Certain Hope, " an evocative lithograph from 1914-19 captures the unwavering spirit of those who faced adversity with determination. Amidst destruction, individuals took solace in tidying what remained as a symbol of hope for brighter days ahead. A maid gracefully clears up a man's clothes in this vibrant color photograph. Her meticulous attention to detail reflects her commitment not only to cleanliness but also to maintaining order within her realm. "Christmas on the Nile" is brought alive through an exquisite engraving where people come together after festivities have ended. As they tidy up remnants of celebration, they embrace unity and harmony while preparing for new beginnings. London Zoo witnesses diligent efforts as staff members clear up after a bustling Bank Holiday in 1924. In black-and-white photographs capturing their tireless work, we see how dedication ensures that visitors can enjoy nature's wonders without disruption or clutter. Through chromolitho prints titled "What the little ones can do, " children are encouraged at an early age to take responsibility for their surroundings by tidying up after themselves. These lessons instill values of cleanliness and respect for shared spaces from childhood itself. Warsaw street sweeper braves harsh winter conditions as he tirelessly cleanses his city streets. His unwavering commitment reminds us that no matter how challenging our circumstances may be, there is always beauty in restoring order amidst chaos.