UK History

Take Our Wee St Andrew's Day Quiz

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

St Andrew's Day, celebrated on 30th November, is in honour of the patron saint of Scotland (although he is also shared with Greece, Russia, Romania, a...

Turkey: From City to Coast

Black Tomato | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Turkey is the perfect year-round destination for the traveller who simply can't make up his mind. Whether you're looking for the hustle and bustle of a city, or the slower pace of life on the coast, Turkey can cater for you.

Coming Together to Remember the Brave

Qari Asim | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

As we were united in remembrance, they were united in their sacrifice - men and women of all faiths and of none. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and people of other minority faiths have served in the British Armed Forces across two World Wars, facing down the hatred of Nazism and helping keep Britain safe in its direst hours of need.

Think You Know All About Bonfire Night? Think Again

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK

Some 410 years after the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, people are once again gathering to celebrate Bonfire Night around the country. The plot saw...

All Sorts Of Ancient Artefacts Have Turned Up Underneath Car Parks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK

A lost fortress, believed to be “one of Jerusalem’s greatest archaeological mysteries”, has been found under a car park. The 2000-year-old r...

Queen and Four Kingdoms Extract

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

On 24th October 1415, Yolande, Duchess of Anjou, receives news from a manservant sent to report on the French forces. She learns that the English troops, exhausted at the end of another day's trudging through heavy mud, found themselves on a rise near the semi-ruined château of Agincourt in north-western France, and gratefully bivouac there

Vintage Tube Posters Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Into The Last 100 Years Of London Transport

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

Taking the Tube is an everyday thing for most Londoners, with many people taking the advertisements and posters covering stations and trains for grant...

Would Prophet Mohammed join ISIS?

Hiba Khan | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Hiba Khan

If he was here today, I can say with certainty, Mohammed would condemn IS and their brethren. But he is not. And so I, along with millions of other Muslims, stand firmly against the Islamist narrative.

Should We Be Having Babies at 20? Lessons From the Past

Leah Astbury | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Astbury

Babies. The constant stream of news stories about when we're having them, why we're not and the technologies available that can help us obtain them, seems testament to how all consumed we are with the issue of fertility in 2015...

Whitebait - The Underrated Star of the RNLI Fish Supper.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Dotiwala

Acclaimed chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix cooked up a Dickensian White Bait Supper, in celebration of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Fish Supper on the River Thames and also threw in a little history lesson.

We Have Peace in Europe Because of the EU

Alan Grant | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Europe is peaceful and we need to remember how novel that is, why it is an achievement and, most importantly, what led to it being so normal that we don't even question it any more. Namely, the structures, organisations and processes of the European Union and Britain's role in all of those.

Eerie Images Show 400-Year-Old Church Emerge From Reservoir

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

The ghostly shell of 400-year-old church has begun to emerge from the waters of a drought-stricken reservoir in Mexico. The building, known as the ...

Asian Suffragettes: Women Who Positively Impacted Society

Shahida Rahman | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaiji Cama are examples of Asian women who demonstrated great strength and determination and played vital roles parts in the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century. Their outstanding courage in the face of great odds has made them inspirational role models for women of all ages worldwide.

The Arrival in 1400 of Yolande of Aragon in France to Wed Louis II Royal Duke of Anjou

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

Following the plague called the Black Death, France's population was reduced by half to around 8 million, 90% of whom were hard-working peasantry. Depending on their liege lords, some lived better than others but it is on these great princes that I will focus, for their lives and living conditions were far from austere or primitive...

Incredible Drawings Found Of Nazi 'Chocolate Boobytrap Bombs'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Chocolate bars, cans of motor oil and thermos flasks - all seemed perfectly innocuous during the war years but newly-discovered drawings from the time...

The Bodies Of Russia's Last Tsar And His Wife Are Being Exhumed

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

The bodies of Russia’s last tsar and his wife have been exhumed, almost a century after they were murdered in the country’s revolution. The Ort...

Five Tiny Things Recovered from the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

A lot of people would have you believe that bigger is best, and while it's true that the Mary Rose is the biggest (and best!) archaeological artefact in the UK, her artefacts come in all sizes

Europe's Migrant Crisis: The Region's Past, Present, and Future

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.

Woman, 91, Charged Over 260,000 Deaths At Auschwitz

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A 91-year-old woman has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations she was part of the Nazi SS serving in the Auschwitz ...

ISIS, Russia, and the Rejection of the West

Peter Frankopan | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Frankopan

So, mercifully, the latest glossy video released by ISIS does not show innocent people being executed, or cultural treasures of the world being destroyed by thugs. For once, the high production values gives some hope that those at the top of ISIS are moving out of the teenage phase of blood-lust and wanting to play a new game that is basically good news (well, it could hardly get any worse). The new game is for adults only. It is called Government.

British History Requires Us to Be Ignorant Above All Else

Matthew Bevington | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Matthew Bevington

Ignorance is an essential part of a national identity of false victimhood and absurd superiority. Whether it be the exporting of penal codes to the ...

Jeremy Corbyn Gives Tabloid Media An Open Goal With Anthem 'Snub'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK

A row has broken out after Jeremy Corbyn appeared to remain silent during the singing of the national anthem at a Battle of Britain commemoration even...

Dark Days for Our Brave Veterans

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK
Air Marshal Christopher Nickols

As the nation recalls the dark days of 1940 and honours the brave RAF airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is trying to help veterans who are having dark days today. Too often we hear stories of elderly veterans who have outlived their family and are spending their later years in solitude. But our new research tells a slightly different story.

Horrific 'Educational' Slave Tetris Game Requires Kids To Stack Slaves

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Parents

People are in uproar over the tasteless game of "Slave Tetris" as part of educational game "Slave Trade", designed to put students in the middle of im...

Imagination, Progress and Revolutions: Three Things I Learned From 'Sapiens'

Matt Clifford | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Tech
Matt Clifford

Sapiens by Yuval Harari has got a lot of (deserved) attention. Within it, Harari sketches out a number of provocative theses about what human beings have been, are and will become, and shows how they play out over hundreds of thousands of years.