UK History

10 Famous Historical Events That Didn't Actually Happen

AllTime10s | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK

Rumours spread by journalists and misunderstood metaphors have led to these incredible falsehoods creeping into our history. From LBJ inventing an ...

The Fugitive Lord Lucan Turns 80 This Week - But Is He Still Around to Celebrate?

Bill Coles | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Bill Coles

Since 1974, there have been very few clues - whatsoever - about what happened to Lord Lucan. But the very few clues there have been all indicate that Lord Lucan did indeed manage to flee the country... And started up a new life in Africa or perhaps India... And could quite easily be celebrating his 80th birthday this week...

'Double History': New Satire Blog Takes a Gleeful Poke at the Purists

Amy Licence | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Amy Licence

While the Horrible Histories series for children has been recognised as fitting within the Roald Dahl tradition of humour, it seems that the adult version, which Double History offers, is simply too opaque for some. Yet what exactly is being satirised here?

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Elgin Marbles Could Finally Return To Greece... But There's Quite A Big Catch

The Huffington Post UK | Press Association | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

One of the Elgin Marbles could return to Greece where they were first displayed - but only if the Greek authorities promised to give it back to the Br...

History of Music in Japanese Video Games

Iain Fraser | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Iain Fraser

Over the past couple of weeks I have been looking at how the composers of video game music influence today's music industry , with some fascinating results.

Eighty Moments That Shaped the World

John Worne | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
John Worne

Eighty years is within a single lifetime of today - but for many it will feel a long time ago. The pace and scale of change in science and technology, international relations, arts and culture - and the way societies work and people live - must seem vast through the eyes of a those who have lived through them.

10 Extreme Examples of Propaganda

AllTime10s | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Battles have been fought and cities have been built in the name of propaganda. From a fake invasion to a horribly homophobic film, these are some of t...

10 Disturbing Government Cover-Ups

AllTime10s | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

From missing bombs to nuclear incidents, these are just a few of the most worrying things governments have tried to hide....

From Midnight Walks to Medieval Murders: Writing 'The Anjou Trilogy'

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

Until the final book of my Anjou Trilogy to be published next year, I have not dared tackle the life of a man. I find few men write well about women, and few women write convincingly about men.

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Emily Wasik | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Emily Wasik

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the cr...

Why Plumbing and History Are Not Created Equal

Chris Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Student loan debt is scary, but you also worry about finding a job without a degree. Then you have to factor in your parents' opinions. Mum wants you to be a doctor; dad wants you to be an engineer. And you don't want to disappoint the good people who've kept you fed and clothed all these years...

World War One Is Now More Remembered Than Ever

Stephen Liddell | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

It's not that long ago when people were worried about remembering WW1. Not in how to mark the 100th anniversary of the war as has been the case recently but whether people would still care enough to remember in the war at all.

Tea: A Very British Beverage

Amy Licence | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

This is a lovely little full teacup of a book; light and refreshing yet full of body, a fresh new blend of narrative and anecdote. Paul Chrystal's new book "Tea: A Very British Beverage" offers a satisfying look at the history and cultural impact of tea, ranging from the legends of its discovery...

Animals in War: They Didn't Volunteer - They Had No Choice

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

As well as the millions of human heroes that have given their lives for our freedom, do many of us ever consider those poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind for use in warfare? They didn't volunteer - they had no choice.

The Lord Lucan Scandal - 40 Years on 10 Things You Never Knew About the Most Enduring Mystery of the 20th Century

Bill Coles | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Bill Coles

In the past four decades, there have been any number of theories as to what might have happened to this raffish, good-looking gambler. Did he escape to South Africa, to South America, or even to Alaska? Or did he take his own life after realising that his final throw of the dice had - yet again - ended in abject failure.

The Story of My Unseen London

Peter Dazeley | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Peter Dazeley

I was born and grew up in London working as an advertising photographer, living on the river with a view of Battersea Power Station. I witnessed it being ripped apart removing a wall and the roof. The building was then neglected for years. In 2010, I decided that I needed to record this piece of history.

Who Was This 'Queen Of Four Kingdoms'?

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

She was Yolande, daughter of the King of Aragon before the country joined with Castile to make today's Spain. The only child of her father to reach adulthood, Yolande became the kingdom's heiress after the death of her childless uncle.

No Stopping on a Chicago Architecture Tour

Mike Gerrard | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

'Beyond the trolley bus you'll see a sign that says No Stopping No Standing. That's where we'll stop and stand.'

How 'The Anjou Trilogy' Came To Be

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

Sleuthing led me to some astonishing and, in part, unknown characters and facts, and what began as one book grew into three. After six years spent researching, I was ready to begin writing what has become The Anjou Trilogy, not as a history, but as a true story.

ISIS and the Crusades: Lessons That Could (Should) Have Been Learned

Peter Frankopan | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Peter Frankopan

Like Saladin, who controlled his image carefully, ISIS have proved shrewd operators in the propaganda war, focusing on their primary constituency: young motivated jihadists, keen to give humiliate outside interlopers and beat them at their own game.

Great Days Out in Wales' Historic Past

Andrew White | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

There are some fantastic days out in Wales' Historic Past. Perhaps take in the sea air along parts of the stunning Wales Coast Path, soak up the culture at World Heritage Sites and connect with nature in National Parks?

Top 5 English Stately Homes

Ceri Tinley | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are numerous reasons for visiting England's Stately Homes, one being that you learn history right where it happened. However, another is that they offer a wonderful reference point for interior design, often being the ambassadors for style of a particular era.

A Colourful Past and a Bright Future: Borough Market Is Celebrating 1,000 Years

Paul Drury | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Drury

A great market is something that can make a city truly great. Nowhere is this more true than London - England's capital is blessed to have some of the world's very best markets. Somewhere to cater for every taste.

Grisly Injuries Reveal King Richard III Died A Violent Death On The Battlefield

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK

King Richard III died after sustaining a series of vicious head wounds after losing his helmet during a fierce battle, new research has shown. Sca...