UK History

I'll Always Go Back To Paris, Regardless Of The State Of Emergency

Alex Jackson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The real attack on French culture here is the parliament's decision to reinforce the state of emergency, by no way a banner for tourists or French citizens alike. We look at France as the birthplace of modern democracy, and the country's founding call for liberté is something we should not take for granted the world over.

The Oriel Donors' Revolt Highlights the Worst of Both Rhodes Must Fall, and the College's Response to it

David Browne | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

On Friday, the Rhodes Must Fall saga seemingly came to an end, with Oriel announcing that neither the plaque, nor the statue, would fall - and the six...

The EU Needs Its Soul Back

Ben Ryan | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Ryan

Economic performance is ever variable, but a raison d'être based in being a moral force for good is a more durable status and one that might be better suited to winning the loyalties of citizens. At the very least one would think that Europe's defenders might have something more to say than just repeating those scary economic threats.

Riddle Of Ancient Headless Middle Eastern Skeleton In York Perplexes Experts

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

A group of decapitated men - thought to be gladiators from the early centuries AD - have been uncovered by archaeologists in York…but the background...

Should England Have a National Anthem, and Which one?

Matthew McCormack | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK
Matthew McCormack

MPs are debating whether England should have an official national anthem. At present, when English teams line up at international sporting events, they sing the British national anthem 'God Save the Queen', but should they have one of their own?

Eerie Underwater Image Reveals 19th Century Shipwreck Found By MH370 Investigators

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK

MH370 investigators have found what they believe to be a 19th century shipwreck while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. An eerie ima...

This Flying Scotsman Quiz Might Just Be The Most Quintessentially British Thing Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK

One of the most famous locomotives in the world, the Flying Scotsman, took its first public steam test-run in more than a decade on Friday. The tra...

Can You Recognise These Famous London Scenes From Historic Photographs?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

From Big Ben to Marble Arch, London is full of landmarks and well-known scenes that are known and loved the world over. The capital has transformed...

The Remarkable Things You Find When You Drain A 200-Year-Old Canal In Paris

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK

No one would be surprised to hear that there is a load of old rubbish at the bottom of a canal, but when one Paris waterway was drained, there were so...

War by Other Means, Peace by All Means: A Century of Sport and War

Stephen Cooper | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

In October 2009, I set out on a rugby tour to France with thirty teenage boys. I had uncovered the sad story at our London club, Rosslyn Park, of a lost Great War memorial; a 1919 press clipping stated 72 had died, but no names. Some 109 names of men who lived, loved, played, fought and fell have now emerged from club records and lost memory.

How Did Women Deal With Their Periods? The History of Menstruation

Greg Jenner | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Greg Jenner

The evidence suggests that even in the ancient world, women were using what may seem similar to modern hygiene products. The Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos, who is known as the Father of Medicine, is widely referenced on the internet as mentioning that small wooden sticks, wrapped with soft lint, might be inserted into the vagina as a primitive tampon.

British Teens To Stand Trial Over Alleged Theft From Auschwitz

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Two British schoolchildren accused of stealing items from Auschwitz will stand trial, it has been announced. Two teenagers from Perse School, in Ca...

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy (Not So) Far, Far Away...

Matthew McCormack | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Matthew McCormack

The desert scenes in The Force Awakens clearly reference British films about war in North Africa such as Ice Cold in Alex. Finally - and switching sides this time - the landing of the stormtroopers straight into a firefight at the beginning of the film is a clear echo of the depiction of the D-Day landings in Saving Private Ryan.

Mapping Trans in England's LGBTQ Heritage

Sasha Padziarei | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Sasha Padziarei

Since completing an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London, I have become increasingly interested in LGBTQ+ histories both as a researcher and as a member of queer non-binary trans and, through my friends, a bigger LGBTQ+ community. I am especially interested in how our histories are written and who by.

Why the Study of History Is Imperative Today

Amy Licence | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Amy Licence

I love studying history. I don't think I will ever tire of it. It's exciting, it's full of drama and passion, heartbreak and victories: it has a better plot than any novel you can buy. There's nothing I love more than rifling through the wardrobe accounts of Edward IV or debating the implications of Richard III's actions.

Experts Find Nazi Tunnel, But No Sign Of That Gold 'Ghost' Train

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK

The world went wild this year over reports of a secret Nazi train laden with gold and hidden in Poland. But in a blow to those searching for the tr...

Want America Great Again? You Need More Muslims, Not Less!

John Fletcher | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics
John Fletcher

Donald Trump, the man who would be King if only all this pesky Democracy got out of his way, carried on his noble attempt to find the lowest point of ...

Bash, Berate, Bully - 'Below the Belt' Politics

Grace Thompson | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
Grace Thompson

The past few weeks haven't been the proudest in the history of UK politics, for many reasons. One aspect of political culture, in particular, has stuc...

The Curiously Missing Past of My Alma Mater: Outwood Grange

Ed Green | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Ed Green

You probably haven't heard of my old school on the outskirts of Wakefield, but you'll almost certainly be aware of 'Outwood'. Yes, it's half of that M...

The Big Easy Bike Ride

Mike Gerrard | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

'Most visitors never get out here to see this,' says our bike tour leader Ben Maddocks, 'but it really is one of the city's hidden gems. We're only about four miles from the French Quarter, and you can also take the streetcar that drops you right outside the entrance.'

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...