UK History

A Colourful Past and a Bright Future: Borough Market Is Celebrating 1,000 Years

Paul Drury | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Drury

A great market is something that can make a city truly great. Nowhere is this more true than London - England's capital is blessed to have some of the world's very best markets. Somewhere to cater for every taste.

Grisly Injuries Reveal King Richard III Died A Violent Death On The Battlefield

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK

King Richard III died after sustaining a series of vicious head wounds after losing his helmet during a fierce battle, new research has shown. Sca...

Scottish Independence: This Newspaper Front Page From 1776 Looks Familiar...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Comedy

(Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by Craig Cathcart, David Schneider, David Beresford and Handface) SEE ALSO: John Oliver Wades Into The Scottis...

Why Do So Many Students At Royal Holloway Fear This Eerie Painting?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Edwin Landseer was an English painter who died in 1873. So why is one of his paintings, depicting a doomed Arctic expedition, still haunting students ...

As Great Britain We Conquered The World - Politically and Economically - Why Revert to the Dark Ages?

Charlie Mullins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, and creating a new independent country of Scotland cannot be good for anybody as far as I can see. To me it's not just an economic argument, but one based on history; not squabbles over currency, interest rates and EU membership. It's far more fundamental than that.

Liz Set To Become Longest Reigning Monarch

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK

The Queen is set to become the longest ever reigning monarch in British history next year. On September 9 2015, she will pass the record set by her gr...

Admiral Nelson - Hero or a Mere Mortal?

Endeavour Press | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

An article by historian and journalist Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian has stirred up a critical storm about whether Nelson was one of Britain's greatest heroes - or a petulant blowhard.

Political Football: A History

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy

As the new football season kicks off, we look back at the shared history of politics and the beautiful game, thanks to David Quantick and Handface. ...

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

The First World War: There Are Not Two Sides To Every Story

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

The "balance fallacy" in the commemorations of the First World War means we forget the real reason millions died. "There are two sides to every stor...

This Savagely Huge Flamethrower Was Actually Used In WW1

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Tech

The savage tragedy of the first World War is well understood - but until you see some of the weapons used in the conflict, it's hard to appreciate jus...

A Century of Warfare: Analysing America's War Record Since WWI

Brad Linzy | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Politics
Brad Linzy

As Randolph Bourne said when writing about World War I in 1918, war is the health of the state. As America's power has grown, so has its propensity for war. Regardless of the debates about the justness or morality of war, the numbers have shown peace to be the exception in America while war has been the rule, making this last century since the start of World War I undeniably a century of warfare.

Honouring Ilse Cohn (1897-1941)

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

On 29 November, 1941, my grandmother, Ilse Cohn, was shot here, in this field, by members of the Nazi death squad Einsatzkommando 3, under the command of a Swiss-born SS colonel called Karl Jäger. On that one day alone, they murdered 2,000 Jews who had been deported by train from Vienna and from my grandmother's hometown of Breslau. So I have come to honour my grandmother's memory. My mother was her only child and although Ilse had three brothers, she had no nephews or nieces. My brother and I, and my two children, are her only living relatives.

A Postcard From Pastavy

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

What is it about railway stations that conjures up ghosts of the past? I'm standing on the platform in Pastavy (or Postavy), deep in the Belarussian countryside, almost exactly 100 years since my friend Stu Seidel's grandfather, Julius Seidel, stood on this same platform (or one very like it) and boarded a train to start a new life in the New World.

World War I Aircraft - Shuttleworth Collection

Bob Chaundy | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Among the lesser reported aspects of the war on the western front during World War I is the role played by aircraft. Britain manufactured 55,000 planes during the war of which only 10 remain in airworthy condition. Four of these belong to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire and have been restored to their original construction.

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).

Russia's Unfinished Business

Paul Newman | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Newman

"From time immemorial, Russia has been a colourfully exotic, and to some extent unknown, country to the world at large. This unknown quantity - repres...

The Villagers of Leavesden unveil a new WW1 Memorial

Stephen Liddell | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Across the country and around the world, old and tired looking WW1 memorials are being repaired. Most places have refurbished their existing memorial...

Happy Birthday To The Ultimate Feminist, Emmeline Pankhurst - Here Are Her 10 Most Inspirational Quotes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Today is the 156th anniversary of the birth of feminist, political activist and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst - she helped women to win the right to ...

What to Do With 'Mein Kampf'?

Neil Gregor | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Gregor

What everyone wants, in Germany more than anywhere else, is for this book to fade into the oblivion of history, which is where it belongs. Counter-intuitive as it may be, the best way to accelerate this process is probably to permit its circulation...

Kicking Back on the Island of St Kitts

Zahra Razavi | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Experience the thrill of zip-lining through gorgeous, untouched rainforest terrain on the hidden away Wingfield Estate. Lush vegetation, beautiful flowers, mango trees and mischievous moneys await in this lively, tropical paradise.

The Right Way to do Wrong or How to Deceive Others

Ali Cook | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Ali Cook

We're taught that everything happens due to cause and effect. Whereas a magic trick is an effect without a cause (at least no acceptable cause within the normal parameters of reality). This is why magicians refer to tricks as "effects".

10 Ancient Ruins That Can't be Missed

Adam Bown | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Imagine bustling streets, silks and spices, man-eating lions and mad emperors. Ruins aren't dead - they're your keys to the intriguing past of your holiday spot, so don't pass them up. Here are 10 sites you can't fly home without seeing.

Why Will I Be Remembering W.D. Fishlock?

Luke Smith | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Luke Smith

Lives of the First World, the permanent digital memorial, is part of the story of Imperial War Museums. It is how we are fulfilling a central part of ...