UK History

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...

Winter Is The Perfect Time To Discover The History Of The British Landscape

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

Forget long summer days, fields of golden wheat and hedgerows bursting with life. The short, dark days of winter give the would-be Landscape Spotter t...

To Round Off 2016, An American Is Having An Argument With The Auschwitz Museum

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK

In any other year this would seem surreal but in 2016 where apparently anything goes, an American columnist being slapped down by the Auschwitz Museum...

Elizabeth Anionwu's Memoir: Mixed Blessings From A Cambridge Union Exceeds All Superlatives

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

Elizabeth Anionwu is a diminutive woman of colossal talent in everything she has turned her hand to, and to top off a high achieving career, her memoir has now outed her as a wonderful author.

When Muslim Women Are 'Lyrically Speaking'

Adama Juldeh Munu | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Adama Juldeh Munu

These are exciting times; I am fortunate to surround myself with artistic and strong Muslim women who evade these misconstrued perceptions of what they are and supposed to be. They are owning and reclaiming their visibility and audibility. Some of them, you can find on what is supposed to be first Muslim women's UK TV show dedicated to poetry and spoken word, Lyrically Speaking.

History Books By Women: Eight Of The Best From 2016

Amy Licence | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

It came as something of a revelation this November that the majority of recommendations in the media's annual roundup of the best history books of 2016 were written by men. In response, Twitter was flooded with the names of inspiring female historians, past and present, under the hashtag #HistoryBooksbyWomen. 2016 has seen a plethora of publications by talented women so, to redress the balance somewhat, here are my top picks of the year:

Our Boxing Day Quiz Is The Perfect Antidote To Your Christmas Overindulgence

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK

Desperately trying to do up trousers that we could have sworn fitted before Christmas. Rummaging around in the Quality Street tin in vain to try to fi...

Here's What 100 Years Of Christmas In London Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

Fighting through the outer circle of hell that is Oxford Street to do your Christmas shopping. Pretending you’re good at ice-skating at Somerset Hou...

History Teachers Unite! We've Got Fake News To Fight

Nick Shepley | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nick Shepley

Firstly, don't shield learners from misinformation, give them the skills to examine and dispose of it. Secondly spotlight the misinformers and do it publicly. Thirdly shout loud and proud (at parents evenings if necessary), that your job is to help thinkers think more clearly because at the end of the day, that will serve them better than anything else you can do in the classroom.

QUIZ: You Probably Don't Know As Much As You Thought About The History Of Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK

The event it commemorates happened more than 2,000 years ago but Christmas looks rather different these days. The annual festival, which literally mea...

Its Time To Learn The True Meaning Of The Word Terrorism

Hannah Greaves | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Hannah Greaves

Perhaps it's time that we viewed terror as not the threat of the other but threat and control from within or perhaps above. What Trump is doing in America is an act of Terror, to spread an agenda of fear, not through singular explosive acts, but by placing a fear of the unknown into people's heads Surely it the ultimate proof and ability of whiteness, that it can, in fact, behave as the perfect manipulator and creator of a society of fear, without being called a terrorist, while simultaneously labelling any opposition as committing acts of terror.

See How Much You Know About Scotland With Our Bonny St Andrew's Day Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK

St Andrew’s Day, celebrated on 30th November, is celebrated in honour of the patron saint of Scotland (although he is also shared with Greece, Russi...

Harrowing Details From Battle Of The Somme Revealed For First Time In New Collection

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK

A collection of more than 500 first-hand accounts, some of which have never been seen before, have revealed graphic details from the bloody Battle of ...

Three 'Modern' Cures For Baldness

Seán Williams | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Style
Seán Williams

Over the ages and across the world, we've sought new ways to cure baldness. Or failing a cure, for centuries we've come up with means to cover up bald patches: with wigs, hairpieces and transplants.

How An 1860's Experiment Transformed Modern Shipping

David Rooney | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Rooney

If it wasn't for ships, we'd be sunk. Once, this was widely known. Docks were close to the centres of port cities and were teeming with maritime life. Our coastlines were motorways for goods and materials haulage. Rivers thronged with boats carrying people and cargo.