UK History

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 18.05.2016 | 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.

Book Review: A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

Robert Bradley | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK
Robert Bradley

What does infallible mean? Well, Google seems to think (as well as perhaps consider itself) something that's perfect and cant be critiqued. This book, however chocked full of fact, followed by more facts, some light Saturday night takeaway humour, then some biblical "facts", is hardly perfect. So an ironic title, well Nearly!

One Of The Biggest Ever Roman Villas Has Been Found In Someone's Back Garden

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

A Wiltshire father has stumbled across the find of his life while doing some DIY - accidentally unearthing one of the largest Roman villas ever discov...

The 'Eighth Wonder Of The World' Is Reopening And It's Right Beneath Londoners' Feet

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

It was once labelled the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and drew a million Victorian visitors - but the grand entrance to the Thames Tunnel became aband...

Life Beneath a London Drug Den

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jonnie Bayfield

About two years ago I moved into a property buried deep in a London suburb. For reasons that will become clear the location will remain undisclosed, though It is owned by a housing trust and leased out to an agency; who fill it with people like me in order to keep vandals and sex workers from illegally squatting in the empty building. It's a regular fixture in the London living scene (especially for struggling artists) so I won't bore you with the details.

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

We value authenticity in the museum, and it's always nice, when visitors ask, "That's not real, is it?" to be able to say "Oh yes, everything is real". The Mary Rose may only be 40% of a ship, but she's 100% genuine.

A Quick Guide To Marrakech

Chloe Gunning | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Dusty, hot, chaotic, overwhelming and unfriendly. That's what I was expecting Morocco's 'red city' Marrakech to be like. From descriptions by friends, I didn't think I would like it, but hey - it would be an 'experience'.

Letter to Educators: We Need Histories of Teams, Not Biographies of Individuals

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

No man is an island, and this is true not only as a life quote but also at the workplace. Therefore we must adopt a teamwork-based curriculum for schools to prepare students adequately for the real world, and this curriculum begins with emphasising histories of teams, rather than biographies of individuals.

The 6 Most Disturbing Details From Newly Released Files On Nazi Camp Horrors

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK

Tales of “rampant” cannibalism in a German concentration camp and torture are among stories of harrowing brutality recounted by victims of Nazi pe...

Eubank Jr v Blackwell - An Example of the Risks Associated With Boxing

David Ready | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

For many years, boxing has publicly been under the cosh for the risk it poses to its sportsmen. In the annals of history, it has a notorious reputation for causing potential life threatening injuries.

There Have Been Some Pretty Incredible Finds At The Bottom Of Britain's Rivers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK

Shopping trolleys, traffic cones and old tyres are all fairly unsurprising items to find at the bottom of a waterway - but there have been far more in...