UK History

Heading For The Hill Forts

Mike Collins | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

The beauty of this research project is that it showcases the whole range of hillforts that can be found in the countryside like pearls on a necklace. It takes you beyond the really well-known and much visited sites and demonstrates how fundamental these places have been to the story of these islands over hundreds of years.

In Praise Of Italy

Izzy McRae | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

By being so extremely lovely, Italy really pushes you to appreciate the world around you, and take the time to savour it. My stressy internal monologue becomes particularly unwelcome and out of place, and therefore easier to banish.

Scientists Are Studying A 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Tech

You might have heard of pirates having a peg leg, but have you ever seen a prosthetic big toe handcrafted out of wood? In what is likely to be one o...

Why Trips To The Cemetery Aren't Just For 'Big Fat Goths'

Jessica Hanson | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

I'm talking about tomb tourism. Many fellow taphophiles (that's a lover of gravestones and cemeteries) and I regularly take time out of our weekends to wander among the dearly departed, taking in the sights and sounds of the graveyard.

Confronting Memories - An Interview With Wang Ding-Yeh

Flo Simpson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Flo Simpson

Confronting Memories is a solo exhibition by Wang Ding-Yeh that is currently being staged at VT Artsalon in Taipei, the city in which Wang was born.

In Pursuit Of Truth: Darwin Day And Alfred Russel Wallace

Claire Meadows | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Claire Meadows

It's widely acknowledged by all who think rationally that we are living in worrying times. I myself have taken to adopting a 'fight or flight' response to watching the news. Should I pull a 'three wise monkeys' and make out like everything is okay? Or do I sink into the breach and confront things head on?

Cambodia, A Country I Will Never Forget

David Ready | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

What you need to get used to in Cambodia is the heat. In March, the weather in Cambodia hovered around what felt like a scorching 40 degrees celsius, causing me to sweat profusely. It was tough doing physical activity on these days and I was often exhausted, not so much from the exercises themselves but from the heat and the resulting lack of sleep.

What If...? My Take On SS-GB And Alternative Reality

Spencer Jones | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Spencer Jones

For students of history, mapping backwards and working out how history could have changed - if at all - and how the new reality would have looked can be as challenging a mental exercise as working out what really happened!

From Sylhet To Cambridge: Reflecting On 60 Years Of Family History And Heritage

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Ibrahim Rahman

During my school days, history was something that hardly filled me with excitement. Even watching Doctor Who episodes set in the past required serious...

This Is The Ghostly Face Of A 'Ordinary' Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Tech

New facial reconstruction techniques have allowed us, for the first time, to stare into the eyes of a man who lived a staggering 700 years ago. Unlike...

You'll Need The Luck Of The Irish To Ace Our St Patrick's Day Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honour of the patron saint of Ireland every year on March 17th. The day was chosen because it is commonly held to...

The Great Feminist Taboo

Sara Sheridan | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Sara Sheridan

Women have always changed the world - we are ourselves, history - but those changes require action. It might be marching. It might be holding the line in a twitter debate. For me, it's finding ways to help change how women feel about themselves. The hands-down best feeling was hearing my MP wore Damn Rebel Bitches at Westminster when she had to make a speech. I watched the (mostly male) benches opposite her, braying, and I knew the Jacobite women would have been proud.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

Winston Churchill And The Importance Of A Cosmic Outlook

Philip Ellis | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Ellis

It's an interesting time to be a scientist. Recent proposed policy changes in the United States have the scientific community deeply troubled, most notably the assertion that science is somehow a bipartisan arena, or a matter of opinion.

The Government's Betrayal Of Refugees, And Us

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Arthur Peirce

The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.

Wales v England: 70 Years Ago, A Rivalry Resumed

Joe Hall | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Sport
Joe Hall

It's January 1947, and 21-year-old veterinary student Micky Steele-Bodger has just found out he's been picked for England. "I heard it on the wireless", he recalls. He would be playing against Wales - and it would be a match with extra special meaning.

Who Run The World? Lessons In Girl Power From History's Greatest Queens

Philip Ellis | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Ellis

So, what exactly did it take to get ahead in the notoriously patriarchal courts of the 16th and 19th Centuries? Do the reigns of Elizabeth and Victoria hold any lessons for modern women? And is it really possible to "have it all?"

Builders At The O2 Accidentally Dug Up The Blue Peter Time Capsule 33 Years Early

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK

Builders at the O2 arena have accidentally dug up a time capsule buried by Blue Peter presenters - 33 years early. In 1998, the children’s programme...

Even True Scots Might Struggle With Our Burns Night Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK

Burns Night is now upon us, but what exactly is Scotland’s big day all about? The celebration commemorates the birth of iconic Scottish poet Rober...

If You Think Your Pupils Are Googling Their Way To Success, Think Again

Nick Shepley | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Shepley

Learning takes time, perseverance, effort and the knowledge that the learner has a right to be wrong, to make mistakes and to figure it out gradually. A learner's own imperfect answer which is the result of patience and reading is better than someone else's supposedly 'great' answer, acquired quickly online.

Finding Parallels: Fusing History With The Present With Thought To Donald Trump

Claire Meadows | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Claire Meadows

With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump mere days away, I believe it's safe to say that the world is in a state of flux. This may be putting it lightly.

Behind The Scenes At NBC Studios

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I am someone who really loves great TV and equally interested in delving a bit deeper into how great TV is made. There's something very fascinating in...

The Best Places To Visit In Italy For History Buffs

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Together with Greece, Italy is one of the birthplaces of everything we know and understand today in modern society. From philosophy and science to medicine and politics, some of Italy's major cities have played a key role in advancing these areas over the centuries.

Here's Why You Might Spot People Pouring Cider On Trees In The Coming Days

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK

Wassailing is an ancient tradition which dates back to pagan times and is still practised in many areas of the UK. Wassailing can refer to the traditi...

The Extinction Of The Dinosaurs Was Party Their Own Fault

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech

The dinosaurs have had a pretty tough time since their extinction around 65 million years ago. Not content with being summarily wiped out by what coul...