UK History

The 'Silent Cities' Of The Battlefields

Grace Freeman | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Grace Freeman

I've lost count of the number of times that I've dodged unexploded grenades walking across the fields of Serre or spotted tangles of rusting barbed wire in the soil. Exploring the battlegrounds is a multi-sensory experience and the pulse of war is always tangible, just below the surface.

Top Five Things to Do In Hollywood

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Hollywood is home to the rich and famous. As someone who has grown up watching the city on screen, there's something very magical about visiting Tinseltown in person. It has a vibe like nowhere else in the world - with a culture that is very much its own and sprinkled with a long history in film and television. After recently spending a week in Los Angeles and taking in the array of sights the city has to offer, I can now bring you my Top 5.

150 Years of Transatlantic Communications in Newfoundland and Labrador

Stuart Forster | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Stuart Forster

In this age of nigh on instantaneous global communications it's hard for us to imagine a world in which it took at least 10 days to convey messages ac...

Michael Phelps Finally Broke A Record Set By A Man Who Died Over 2,000 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK

Michael Phelps won his 13th individual Olympic gold (his 22nd overall) on Thursday night, officially making him the athlete with the most individual m...

A Postmodern Postmortem - The Expert Is Dead

Max Sanderson | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

In the wake of the recent resurgence by a certain Mr Andrew Wakefield and, what can only be described as his dangerously tenuous (read; non-existent) ...

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Hollywood

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I've always been a fan of classic films, film making in general has always been magical to me. And nowhere does it's history lie more deeply engrained than Hollywood. I remember watching the That's Entertainment series as a child and being completely entranced by the snapshot into the archives and insights into what happened behind the camera.

Haunting Remnants Left Behind By The Great Fire Of London Revealed

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK

Padlocks, keys, scorched plate and even a waffle iron are among the scorched remnants that have been revealed in a new exhibition to commemorate the 3...

These Pictures Show 100 Years Of London Heatwaves

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK

Tuesday saw temperatures soaring as high as 33.5C in the UK and although downpours were forecast for later in the week, the mercury was still high in ...

Shape the Future By Remembering the Past

Laura Pasternak | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Pasternak

I had the chance to meet Sir Nicholas Winton today, I would thank him for his amazing rescue effort and for having the courage to act in the face of adversity. But I would also promise him that we Ambassadors will carry on his legacy by acting in whatever way we can to help others and exercise human compassion. I pledge to continue working hard to #ShapeTheFuture. I hope that he would be proud of us.

Serena Williams Is My Hero!

Martyn Stewart | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Sport
Martyn Stewart

Perception is everything. First of all, don't jump on me for not using the word 'heroine' in the title. I know some will, but playing the politically correct game of appeasement by referencing Serena's gender is missing the point. An argument pitting men and women against each other in a battle for equality and respect is not what this is about.

Tree Stories - The Living Library in Our Landscape

Matt Daw | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

Trees are living books. Their life story is recorded in their rings, their shapes, and the marks they bear of events past. Ancient trees are often called 'living monuments', but whereas monuments are unchanging reminders of a person or event, trees bear testimony that life endures, come what may.

Eating, Drinking and Fighting: The Somme, 1916

Dr Rachel Duffett | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Dr Rachel Duffett

Whatever food or drink was available it had to be consumed in a world where the likelihood of enjoying any future meals was determined by factors that extended way beyond mere issues of supply. As one of Perriman's hungry soldiers said to him on receiving the miniscule rations for that day in July, 'Say, Sarge, the buggers don't intend us to die on a full stomach, do they?'

These Incredible Newly-Coloured Images Reveal What Life Was Like In The Trenches

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK

Friday 1 July marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history. Over the course of fou...

This Is The Poignant Way You Can Remember Those Who Died At The Somme

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK

Commemoration have begun to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. While many are used to wearing a red poppy around Reme...

Gove and Johnson Go Over the Top: Brexit and World War 1 Fantasies

Adam Donen | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Donen

Said the Pot: "We should not look on ------ as "a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite." Said the Kettle: "One of the...

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

Meet the Students Who Are Shaking the Teaching of History

Usman Butt | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Usman Butt

Chris Gratien and Emrah Safa Gurkan Telling history use to be the preserve of a small group of academics writing books for other academics. There ar...

Another English King Could Be Found Buried Under A Car Park

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK

The search is on for the lost remains of King Henry I in the grounds of a ruined abbey - and there is even the possibility that he could turn up under...

Why Pop Thought the History Books Got It Wrong About the Sinking of Indefatigable at Jutland

Richard Burden | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I am no military historian, but this week's centenary of the Battle of Jutland has a special significance for me. My grandfather, Harry Burden - known to successive generations of the Burden family as "Pop" - was there.

Thousands Of Auschwitz Victims' Belongings Have Been Unearthed

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

Thousands of personal items snatched from those murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz have at last been returned to the memorial after an exhaustive sear...

The Fight Which Defined Muhammad Ali

David Ready | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

Last weekend, perhaps the greatest sportsman ever to walk the face of this earth passed away and that sportsman was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest...

How Renovating The 'Tomb Of Jesus' Has Finally United Three Rival Faiths

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

The tomb believed to have belonged to Jesus is undergoing the first restoration work for 200 years after different denominations managed to put their ...

This Could Be The First Woman To Sit Alongside 11 Men In Parliament Square

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK

Campaigners are calling for the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square to be of famous suffragist Millicent Fawcett. On the 150th anniversary of...

Earliest Handwritten Documents In Britain Found On A London Building Site

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK

The earliest handwritten documents in Britain have been discovered among hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets uncovered in an archaeological dig. ...

Amazing Vintage Pictures Show The Glamour Of Air Travel At Heathrow

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK

Starting out life as a small airfield in west London, Heathrow Airport is unrecognisable today from its modest beginnings. The site was used during th...