UK History

If We Remember Our Past, How Can We Seriously Say We Don't Want Foreigners Coming Here?

Nick Clements | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Nick Clements

There is no denying we have wreaked havoc, chaos and disaster throughout the world. In the last hundreds of years we travelled as illegal immigrants to other lands and caused millions upon millions to die through the diseases, religious wars and the capitalist ideals we brought with us.

Heard Again: The Forgotten Voice of the Boys Who Won the First World War

Stephen Cooper | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

Much recent writing on the Great War has veered between the highest-ranked and the humble: a determined rehabilitation of Haig at one end, with plain-spoken voices from the ranks at the other, whether individual Tommies who survived to tell their story, or whole battalions of 'Pals'. Lost in all this has been the story of the men arguably most responsible for British obduracy and eventual success - the officers of the line.

Why We Should Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day

Alan Wyllie | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

May Day has been a traditional holiday for the UK stretching back hundreds of years evolving from the Celtic festival of Beltane into a celebration of workers and worker's rights throughout the world.

Contemporary Lessons Offered in Sculpture at St Paul's Marking Centenary of the Start of World War One

Gabriel Pogrund | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gabriel Pogrund

This August marks 100 years since the beginning of World War One, an event St. Paul's Cathedral has asked Calcutta-born artist Gerry Judah to commemorate.

A Brief History of British Luxury

Penelope Sacorafou | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Penelope Sacorafou

The word luxury is brandished about a little too frequently these days. As a result the definition of luxury has been watered down too much, steering away from the skills and traditions that it relied upon, and moving towards implying a more "bling" lifestyle that can be considered often rather vacuous.

Georges Pierre des Clozets: The 17th Century Conman

Daniel Parker | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Daniel Parker

Between 1677 and 1678 Robert Boyle became the victim of a progressive French confidence trickster from Caen called Pierre, who claimed to be the agent of a secret international society of alchemists known mysteriously as 'The Asterism

We Need to Talk About Ireland

Colm OGorman | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Colm OGorman

As I walked along another Dublin street last week, exactly three decades later, I remembered that younger me. And I reached out, back in time, to him: to remember him, and to bring him into my mind and my heart as I headed into the Mansion House.

Getting Saucy at the Museum of London

Sarah Biddlecombe | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Biddlecombe

It's Friday afternoon and I'm in the museum's entrance hall, about to begin a "Shoreditch's Saucy Side" archeological tour. I'm joined by seven others hoping for a fun and humorous exploration of erotica. But with Linda and her fellow tour guide, Jeanette, unable to utter any "naughty" words, we're not off to a promising start...

The Sword, the Printing Press and the Algorithm: Three Technologies That Changed the World

Richard Stacy | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is always a good game to identify the game-changers: to reduce the complexities of history (and perhaps even the future) into simple cause and effect relationships. No more is this so than with technology, given that we like to think we are living in a technological age and thus there is always a buck to be made in either talking-up, warning of, or dismissing the impact of technology on the course of our lives and our societies.

Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

Liam Deacon | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly.

Should Prince William Destroy the Royal Ivory?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

The truth is that destroying works of art and trying to erase history isn't the answer... in itself. We cannot and should not attempt to erase history. What has happened has happened, but what is important is that we learn from history, use it to better ourselves, use it to remedy the issues that once presented themselves and that once burdened us and tarnished our names.

20 Things Only History Students Will Understand

The Huffington Post UK | Cristina Criddle | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

History students are an interesting breed. Toeing the line between art and social science, these budding academics go crazy for anything which can be ...

My Own Paralympic Legacy or How Poor Access Can Kill

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Better access for disabled people benefits everyone. I wonder how many of you have tripped while walking over cobbles or uneven Yorkstones? Now imagine what it would feel like if that injury might threaten your life... all in the name of liking old things!

Connecting People to Their Past

Richard Gibby | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Richard Gibby

People are increasingly interested in exploring their roots: where they come from, stories from their family history, who they are related to, what their place in the world is. But would you know how to research your past, if you wanted to? Would you know where to turn online, other than Google, or an online genealogy website?

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.

Why Women Really Cheat - The Darker Side of the Fairer Sex!

Martyn Stewart | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

If you follow the stereotypical notion that female patterns of behaviour will be laced with emotion, attention-seeking, revenge, the need for an upgrade (women rarely downgrade), malice, anger and idealism; all nicely concealed in a cloak of invisibility that would make Harry potter jealous then we may uncover something phenomenal.

About Soho

Tom Harvey | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

From the early Huguenot crafts people to the celluloid film industry to today's global successes in digital effects, fashion, music and theatre, Soho remains an extraordinary place to live and work. If you're at all creative, then it's probably the best place to work in the world.

British Ghost Towns

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Anthony Jones

It's tempting to think of ghost towns as nothing more than a cliché of horror films or a stereotypical image of the American Wild West, but in fact abandoned towns and villages that have simply dropped off the map can be found much closer to home than that.

The Value in Being Multidimensional in Your Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Working on one's genealogy and family history is often quite like the proverbial saying about the forest and its trees. If your focus is set on finding just one detail, you might miss many others. Likewise if your approach is too scattered you risk missing an important detail, or more.

The Power of Popular History

Alex Davis | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Davis

Though examples of popular history range from magazines such as History Today right through to the work of the National Trust, it is the film industry that has recently encapsulated the imaginations of thousands of ordinary people.

University Students Make History With West-End Debut

Abigail Poulton | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abigail Poulton

London College of Music, final year Musical Theatre students, attempt their biggest feat yet; staging a brand new musical in the heart of the West-End. 'Bel-Ami, by Alex Loveless, opens this evening at the Charing Cross Theatre. I can already sense the growing nerves as the Dress-run ends and the performers begin to prepare for their world premiere.

Five Ways to Pay It Forward in Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The genealogy community is, by and large, a very sociable, caring, and sharing one. While we all enjoy the vast amounts of materials that are out there for us to access electronically (so free and some not-so-free) it is important to remember that we, as genealogists, each need to pay-it-forward every so often.

Blaze At Home Of UK's Most Precious Historical Documents

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at the National Archives, home to some of the UK's most important historical documents. London Fire Brigade said ...

If Cleopatra and Elvis Had Twitter, This Is What They Would Post

Danielle Osman | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Danielle Osman

Following a recent social media debate held for young people at ITV studios on Southbank, social media stereotypes have been playing on my mind.

Combating Cultural Femicide: Founding Room of our Own, A Feminist/ Womanist Network

Louise Pennington | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

I have created the blogging network A Room of our own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network as a way to combat cultural femicide. The network is collecting, archiving and sharing women's writings, art, music, photography and any other medium of expression that can be posted online.