UK History

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.

When It Rains

Jacob Greaves | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jacob Greaves

Russian independent broadcaster TV Dozhd, meaning TV Rain, is under fire after publishing a poll asking whether Leningrad- now St Petersburg- should have been allowed to fall into Nazi hands.

10 Things We Know Because They Were Put Down on Paper

Christian Toon | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

On Data Protection Day, we mark the importance of preserving and extracting value from information with a list of ten things we only know because the paper records were protected.

When I Was a Handicapped Kid

Simon Stevens | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The teachers were as shocked as the pupils and I might as well have been an alien for outer space as I was certainly the freak of the school. This was clearly a lonely position and I often felt I was the only disabled person within a mile, five miles or even ten miles radius.

Ghent - A Medieval Gem With a Lively Culinary Scene

Peter Morrell | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Morrell

After a poignant two days visiting the World War 1 battlefields in Flanders I took 24 hours out in Ghent to soak up the culture, cuisine and atmosphere of this beautifully preserved medieval city.

Words on the Holocaust

Josh Zitser | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Josh Zitser

Whatever you do, remember that the theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is 'journeys'. Journeys are about getting from one place to another. If we truly want to honour the lives of all those who suffered under the Nazi regime, it is our duty to ensure that we, as a society, take note of our starting point and make sure that we move forward to a more promising final destination.

Has King Alfred the Great's Skeleton Been Found In A Discarded Box?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Historians believe they may have found one of the nation's "great" kings. The bones of King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, are beli...

An Anne Boleyn for a Post-Modern Generation

Amy Licence | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

By her own confession, philosopher Susan Bordo is obsessed with Anne Boleyn. The very cover of her new book alerts the reader to the fact they are about to experience something more than straightforward history.

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Three: A Unique Connection Point

Ben Whitnall | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

When my grandad passed away and my nan was clearing out some of his things, I borrowed one of his old diaries. I had always loved listening to what he had to say; he was full of warmth and wisdom, and I wanted to hear more of his words, even if they were written before I was born.

'Stress and the Strain': Personal Memories, National Narratives, and the First World War

Jamie Andrews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Jamie Andrews

My granddad died a year ago. We've been clearing out his papers. Like so many men of his generation (he was born in 1921), his early adult life was cut around the events of the Second World War. And, like many of his generation, his was not the first experience of war-service in the family. Amongst the papers he left, we also came across documents and letters about his own father's service in what became the First World War...

Why Berlin Is Europe's Most Alluring City

George Gabriel | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

While some might be concerned about it being a hipster's playground overrun with murky nightclubs, there is much to suggest the city is for anyone curious enough to explore its rich and expansive avenues. Just being in Berlin is an experience in itself.

David Attenborough's Grisly Discovery, the Revolution & Digging Up History on Richmond Hill

Annabel Burn | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Annabel Burn

Sir David Attenborough is one of the higher profile residents of Richmond Hill in Surrey. Recently, while his builders were converting the old "Hole in the Wall" Pub by his home, a severed skull was unearthed and examined, solving the "Barnes murder" dating back to the 1800s.

One Raven Away from Doom

Boria Sax | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Boria Sax

Ravens were first brought to the Tower of London in about 1883 to serve as props for tales of Gothic horror told by Beefeaters to the tourists. During World War II, people used these ravens as spotters for enemy bombs and planes, and their employment was quickly mythologized as a prophecy--that the British Empire would fall if the ravens ever left the Tower.

Why Was Tutankhamun Mummified With An Erect Penis?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Egypt's King Tutankhamun might have been embalmed in an unusual way – with his penis apparently mummified at a 90-degree angle, according to a new s...

Historical Dramas Must Look Further Than High School History

Lia Sanders | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lia Sanders

I pity anyone out there who happened to come across the BBC's serialisation of Death Comes to Pemberley without first having read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Let's Make Repetitive Lessons History

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Blumenthal

What do you remember being taught in your history lessons in secondary school? The Tudors, perhaps the Romans, the English Civil War and the two World Wars? For the seven years I studied history I am glad that we studied wars and monarchy but it seems a shame that I know little about the history of medicine, technology or engineering.

To Preserve the Power of Paper We Need to Turn to Technology

Christian Toon | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

There's something about paper. Not the crisp-sheet-of-A4-fresh-from-the-printer kind of paper, but the slightly crumpled, much-read kind that carries precious words or a faded picture of someone no longer part of our lives, but who once meant everything. The kind of paper that dreams and memories and even history are made of.

A Brief History of Recruitment

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Jeremy Lamri

Before the industrial revolution, large organisations were those specialised in trading and mining. But recruitment was widely focused on local workers, the management positions being generally reserved for noble or distinguished men...

The Costa Del Sol - Not Far From Spain - Not Far Enough!

Davy Johnston | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Davy Johnston

Those Spaniards who live within Andalucia, not included in the figures, visit other parts of their own region some 20 million times. Why? Because Andalucia is amazing! If it was a country it would be the 25th most popular, to visit, in the world.

Boozing - a Universal Language

Jane Peyton | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Peyton

Could it be true that humans are hard-wired to seek mind altering substances such as caffeine, tobacco, psychedelic drugs, and alcohol? Alcohol is and was the most easily available intoxicant and historically different cultures throughout the world started drinking independently with no knowledge of the others.

Fact and Fiction: The Princes in the Tower

Amy Licence | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

The reign of Richard III provides the historian with an endless minefield of possibilities. From his loyal service to the house of York, through the dramatic events of 1483, which saw the executions of his family and allies, the removal of his nephew from the throne and his own coronation, events will continue to divide those who remain fascinated by this enigma of a man.

Has Violence Really Declined as Steven Pinker Says?

Dr James Hannam | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

Maybe Pinker has come down with a touch of Russell's Syndrome: the condition that gives so many intelligent atheists a case of the stupids when they start talking about religion. Or perhaps Pinker is only interested in convincing his fellow east- and west-coast academics.

A Genealogy Must: Carrying on Your Family Traditions

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!

How I Helped an Auschwitz Survivor Share Her Story With the World

Robin Pepper | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robin Pepper

Iby was born in Czechoslovakia, where she was excluded from school for being Jewish. She was later smuggled over the border into Hungary, where she ended up working for the Hungarian resistance in Budapest. She was eventually captured and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Iby is a remarkable lady and to have her in front of us sharing her story was truly captivating.