UK History

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

Meet the Students Who Are Shaking the Teaching of History

Usman Butt | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Usman Butt

Chris Gratien and Emrah Safa Gurkan Telling history use to be the preserve of a small group of academics writing books for other academics. There ar...

Another English King Could Be Found Buried Under A Car Park

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK

The search is on for the lost remains of King Henry I in the grounds of a ruined abbey - and there is even the possibility that he could turn up under...

Why Pop Thought the History Books Got It Wrong About the Sinking of Indefatigable at Jutland

Richard Burden | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I am no military historian, but this week's centenary of the Battle of Jutland has a special significance for me. My grandfather, Harry Burden - known to successive generations of the Burden family as "Pop" - was there.

Thousands Of Auschwitz Victims' Belongings Have Been Unearthed

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

Thousands of personal items snatched from those murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz have at last been returned to the memorial after an exhaustive sear...

The Fight Which Defined Muhammad Ali

David Ready | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

Last weekend, perhaps the greatest sportsman ever to walk the face of this earth passed away and that sportsman was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest...

How Renovating The 'Tomb Of Jesus' Has Finally United Three Rival Faiths

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

The tomb believed to have belonged to Jesus is undergoing the first restoration work for 200 years after different denominations managed to put their ...

This Could Be The First Woman To Sit Alongside 11 Men In Parliament Square

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK

Campaigners are calling for the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square to be of famous suffragist Millicent Fawcett. On the 150th anniversary of...

Earliest Handwritten Documents In Britain Found On A London Building Site

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK

The earliest handwritten documents in Britain have been discovered among hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets uncovered in an archaeological dig. ...

Amazing Vintage Pictures Show The Glamour Of Air Travel At Heathrow

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK

Starting out life as a small airfield in west London, Heathrow Airport is unrecognisable today from its modest beginnings. The site was used during th...

Vintage WW2 Plane Crashes Into River, Killing Pilot

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK

A vintage World War II plane crashed into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey killing the pilot. The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed on Friday d...

The Sun Demoted A Well-Known Historian To 'Tom Hiddleston's Mystery Blonde'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK

Everyone knows that when a male celebrity leaves a venue alongside a woman, she must be identified by her hair colour and preferably be a "mystery". S...

A Brief History of Mathematics in Hong Kong: What It Means for the Future of Mathematics Education

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

In light of the upcoming International Mathematics Olympiad 2016, I'd like to present the world with a little bit of mathematical history of Hong Kong...

Astonishing Discovery Made At The Bottom Of Mug At Concentration Camp

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

Staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum made a poignant discovery when they found jewellery hidden behind the false bottom of a mug. Work was being car...

We Need to Talk About Trees

Matt Daw | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

Next time you have an encounter with a tree, or visit a wood, don't keep it to yourself. Trees can't blow their own trumpets, so we need to give them the credit they deserve when they improve our lives.

Incredible Haul Of Roman Artefacts Found In 1,600-Year-Old Shipwreck

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK

Incredibly well-preserved artefacts from the Roman era have discovered in the wreck of a ship which sank some 1,600 years ago. Coins and fragments of ...

Scientists Use Software To Solve The Mystery Of A 2,500 Year-Old Poem

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Tech

How do you date accurately a 2,500 year old Ancient Greek poem when you have nothing to go one but the name of the author and the words of the poem it...

3,000-Year-Old Mummy Found Covered In Symbolic Tattoos

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK

Many of us have a tattoo or two these days - but a 3,000-year-old mummy has now shown just how far back our love of ink goes. The embalmed body of an ...

These Amazing Images Show Just How Far London Has Come Since The Blitz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

The Blitz (shortened from the German term blitzkrieg, meaning lightning war) began on 7 September 1940 and ended on 11 May 1941. This year marks 75 ye...

There's More To May Day Than Just A Bank Holiday

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK

May Day is traditionally celebrated on 1 May every year, although in the UK the bank holiday is held on the first Monday of the month. This year the b...

The Tale of 'Whacker' Reid

Sean O'Callaghan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Sean O'Callaghan

The Easter Rising that took place in Dublin in 1916 was organised by a small group of conspirators in the Irish Republican Brotherhood; a secret revolutionary movement which was founded in Ireland and America in the mid-nineteenth century. The actual Rising was carried out by a group of the Irish Volunteers, without the knowledge of most of its leaders or members, in alliance with the small citizen army led by the revolutionary socialist James Connolly. Close to 500 people died in the Rising, mostly Irish civilians - fifteen of the leaders were executed in Dublin...

The Queen At 90: That Other 'Four Royal Generations' Photograph

Ed Green | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Ed Green

The Queen's 90th birthday week has produced a mixture of deferential reporting and, as can be expected for someone approaching a century, an opportunity to think about the times that she's reigned through - our current Elizabethan Age, as the cliché goes.

Wounded Exhibition at the Science Museum to Mark 100th Anniversary of Battle of the Somme

Stewart Emmens | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Stewart Emmens

A few years back I was struck by the regular reports of British casualties in Afghanistan. While those killed were mourned and commemorated, at times the wounded seemed to be little more than numbers that were soon forgotten.

Queen Elizabeth Recognises British Rock Music Tourism With Award on Her 90th Birthday

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

Rock music arguably began life in London. It's great news to see that the London Rock Tour has been recognised this way and as Cherry suggests, let's hope that this is merely the beginning of a new wave of interest in British music heritage.

A Moral Sense of Beauty

Carry Somers | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Style
Carry Somers

Before we can rediscover a 'moral sense of beauty' on falling in love with a new dress, we need to know that there is equity behind its beauty. To know that there is equity, we need transparency.