UK History

Its Time To Learn The True Meaning Of The Word Terrorism

Hannah Greaves | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Hannah Greaves

Perhaps it's time that we viewed terror as not the threat of the other but threat and control from within or perhaps above. What Trump is doing in America is an act of Terror, to spread an agenda of fear, not through singular explosive acts, but by placing a fear of the unknown into people's heads Surely it the ultimate proof and ability of whiteness, that it can, in fact, behave as the perfect manipulator and creator of a society of fear, without being called a terrorist, while simultaneously labelling any opposition as committing acts of terror.

See How Much You Know About Scotland With Our Bonny St Andrew's Day Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK

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

Harrowing Details From Battle Of The Somme Revealed For First Time In New Collection

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK

A collection of more than 500 first-hand accounts, some of which have never been seen before, have revealed graphic details from the bloody Battle of ...

Three 'Modern' Cures For Baldness

Seán Williams | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Style
Seán Williams

Over the ages and across the world, we've sought new ways to cure baldness. Or failing a cure, for centuries we've come up with means to cover up bald patches: with wigs, hairpieces and transplants.

How An 1860's Experiment Transformed Modern Shipping

David Rooney | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Rooney

If it wasn't for ships, we'd be sunk. Once, this was widely known. Docks were close to the centres of port cities and were teeming with maritime life. Our coastlines were motorways for goods and materials haulage. Rivers thronged with boats carrying people and cargo.

This Is Why We Wear Poppies For Remembrance Day

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK

As people around the country stand in remembrance of members of the armed forces, many will be wearing and laying wreaths of poppies. But why do we us...

Listen To Leonard Cohen, Stephen Fry And Others Read WW1 Poetry

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK

Millions will gather today and over the weekend to remember members of the armed forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. Friday 11 Nove...

Find Out About The History And Traditions Behind Remembrance Day With Our Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK

On Sunday, Britons will pause to remember the millions of men and women who have given their lives serving their country in the armed forces. Remembra...

Racism Reform: Recognise, Respect And Remember

Shahida Rahman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

There seems to have been an intense hike in the instances of racism-fuelled violence in the UK since the referendum that brought us Brexit. Blame is w...

'Mum, Where Were You The Day Trump Was Elected?'

Nick Compton | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Would you do something for me? It will only take a moment of your time if you have a second to spare. Please. Turn to the person next to you and ask them if they're okay. Ask them if they need advice or a friend. Ask them if they need a shoulder to cry on.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

Brexit And The Bill Of Rights

Matthew McCormack | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew McCormack

In recent weeks, the 1689 Bill of Rights has often been invoked in political discussion. As a historian of the long eighteenth century, I have found it fascinating to see how the constitutional settlements of this distant period still have relevance today.

You'll Have To Be A Bright Spark To Get Full Marks In Our Bonfire Night Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK

More than 400 years after the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, people will once again gather to celebrate Bonfire Night around the country on 5th Novemb...

Should We Learn About History Through Film? Or Leave It To The Historians?

Martha Lott | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martha Lott

"And black women in this profession, as for playing a lawyer, out of the question, for what they play Aunt Jemima is the perfect term, even if now she...

A Short History of Investing

Lewis Worrow | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Lewis Worrow

The concept of modern investing may seem new to many but its origins can be traced through history. Evidence suggests that debt in ancient Mesopotamia...

Beyond the Edge

Matthew Tansini | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Matthew Tansini

17th June, 1898, Antarctica Dr Frederick Cook looked out of the ship from his grimy window. It was dark. It had been dark for months, nothing to see ...

National Gallery Denies Claims That Matisse Portrait Was Looted By Nazis

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

A Matisse masterpiece which is at the heart of a row over ownership is not Nazi looted art, the National Gallery has insisted. The gallery said it w...

Daughter Of 'Britain's Schindler' Calls For 'Kindness And Welcome' For Young Refugees

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

The daughter of the man dubbed “The British Oskar Schindler” has called on Britain to show the same “kindness and welcome” to young refugees f...

9 Intriguing Details From Churchill's Underground Bunker Revealed

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

A new book is set to reveal some of the intriguing details and stories which have emerged from the Churchill War Rooms, the bunkers hidden below White...

13 Creepy Abandoned Places You'll Definitely Want To Avoid At Halloween

Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK

Our green and pleasant land has a dark side - one full of ghouls and ghosts inhabiting creepy castles, haunted hospitals and horrifying hamlets. Wheth...

Dear AQA, If We Can't Learn This In A Level Archaeology, Then Please Explain Where These Ideas Are In The Rest Of Your Curriculum

Dan Boatright | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

So AQA I ask you this, please explain to me what other A level subject does this? I do not want a scripted piece about your dedication to inclusive education, I want an A grade answer citing examples, comparing and contrasting your chosen subject to the Archaeology syllabus.

This Quiz About Why We Celebrate Halloween Is Frightfully Tricky

Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK

Halloween is marked every year on 31st October with a variety of traditions. The celebration goes back centuries and has roots in the Gaelic festival ...

Your Stop Might Be Among The Most Haunted UK Train Stations

Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK

A new map has revealed some of the most haunted train stations in the UK just ahead of Halloween. The map, which was hand-painted by illustrator Ella ...

The Loch Ness Monster's Cousin Might Have Been Behind This Wrecked WW1 U-Boat

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK

The wreck of a German U-boat has been discovered off the coast of Scotland - and some are suggesting its sinking could be the work of the Loch Ness Mo...

Archaeology Is A Subject That Teaches Us What It Is To Be Human - Scrapping The A-Level Is Devastating

Dan Boatright | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

When I first heard archaeology was to be scrapped at A-Level I was not only surprised, but devastated. This is a subject that teaches our students about what it is to be human. We learn about the material culture left by our ancestors from all over the world. We discuss the concepts of culture, politics, art, identity and we do so with an open mind. Even after several years of teaching the A-Level I still find new material that keeps me in awe.