UK History

Top Five Tudors

Stuart Laws | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

After spending six weeks watching Mark Rylance do the best "I'm glum but determined and actually a lot smarter than you imagine" face, whilst also never fully closing his eyes, I now feel totally qualified to pass comment on all things Tudor.

Horology and the Apple Watch - According to My Dad

Jamillah Knowles | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jamillah Knowles

Knight Senior gained his Diploma from the National Association of Goldsmiths in 1960/61. Here's an extract our chat about his world of watchmaking."My close-up eyesight is rubbish and I don't want a really expensive piece of electronics on my wrist that I cannot see. If it needs touching or poking on something so tiny, I'd get frustrated."

These Are The Oldest Photographs Ever Taken

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

Photographs taken by the world's first successful photographer are to be exhibited in Bradford. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce pioneered the "heliograph...

How Tokyo Rose From The Ashes Of The Most Destructive Air Raid In History

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York and Tahira Mirza | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the single most devastating bombing raid in history. Over 100,000 people perished when 330 American B-29s d...

'Go Home and Sit Still': How Women Were Defying Convention During the First World War

Charlotte Czyzyk | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Charlotte Czyzyk

The early 1900s were a time when women couldn't even wear trousers as it was perceived to be hugely unfeminine. Unsurprisingly, women were also not allowed to fight in the First World War. None of this stopped Flora Sandes, the only British women to serve officially as a soldier.

Is the Southbank Centre Right to Exclude Scotland From Its Exhibition on Postwar British History?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jackie Kemp

The big new exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London "History is Now" is meant to address British postwar history. It does not do so. As a Scot who voted 'No' in the referendum I found the experience of visiting this show profoundly depressing.

Stand Up History- Luton

Paul McGarrity | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

Not cool Luton, not cool! I expect this kind of behaviour from Coventry (though it's understandable from Coventry, they had a tricky 1941 and I don't think they got enough hugs when they were a hamlet), but I thought more of you!

Review: 'The Uses and Abuses of History' by Margaret MacMillan

James Snell | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

This book is not perfect, certainly, and I would advise anyone short on time to leave out the final fifty pages entirely - nothing of any great value would be missed. But, regardless of these criticisms, any work of historical theory which is written as well as this one is certainly worth looking at and - maybe with caution, in this particular case - taking to heart.

Stand Up History: Walton-on-Thames

Paul McGarrity | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

I asked the organisers if they knew anything about the history of the place and it would appear that a local woman called Susan had simply decided one day that the derelict barn would make for an excellent arts space and had proceeded to bully the local community and council until her idea became a reality.

Why Valentine's Day Is the New Halloween

Carla Valentine | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carla Valentine

With its excess of parties, sweets and decorations, the dark and ancient Pagan festival of Samhain morphed into 'Halloween': the new Christmas. I think, in a similar vein, the bloody history of Valentine's Day's means it's becoming the new Halloween.

Stand Up History: Wrexham

Paul McGarrity | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul McGarrity

So now we return to where we began, Wrexham. The traffic had been awful on the way up and as such I only had a hour in which to fulfil my self appointed task. This meant that I could only go as far as the town centre on my hunt.

24 Hours In Havana, Cuba

Chloe Gunning | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

I don't know how many people had suggested Cuba when I was planning my travels last year. There was a lot of talk about the country going through a period of change. Many said that the old charm was gradually disappearing.

Why We Shouldn't #SaveDippy

Michael Rundle | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Tech
Michael Rundle

When I heard that the Natural History Museum will replace Dippy The Dinosaur with a blue whale, my first instinct outrage. I was wrong. It's time to let Dippy go.

Why It's Important to Document the Lives of Holocaust Survivors

Anna Cox | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Anna Cox

It's how and why the memories of one of the darkest moments in human history should be kept alive that formed the theme of the film. And during the months making it I was struck by the myriad of ways those who suffered the atrocities of the Holocaust have chosen to pass their memories on. How they refuse to allow the echo of what they witnessed fade.

Anne Frank: A 70-Year-Old Voice That Still Has the Power to Make Us Change

Gillian Walnes MBE | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Gillian Walnes MBE

Anne wrote, "How wonderful it is that no-one need wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world". Anne Frank, as we mark seven decades since your agonised protracted death at Nazi hands, please know that you really did help to change the world.

Touching Moment Holocaust Survivor Is Reunited With The Soldier Who Liberated Him

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

A holocaust survivor has been reunited with the American who liberated his concentration camp in an emotional exchange - 70 years after they last saw ...

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It is worth remembering that satirical artists should be ever mindful of the need to root themselves with care and intelligence in the fast-shifting political landscape of the 21st century so that their pictures might clearly speak the phrases that we sometimes cannot.

Weekend Warriors: An enjoyable Window Into Reenactment

John Fletcher | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
John Fletcher

It's a hobby I immensely enjoy, and one that I am fortunate to have shared with countless enthusiastic, outgoing and passionate people who work extremely hard to recreate life in the Dark Ages for the benefit and enjoyment of others.

How I Accidentally Discovered the Truth About the Appaloosa Horse

Conor Woodman | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Conor Woodman

The film I've made, Secret Horse: Quest for the True Appaloosa, tells Scott's story; an older woman who felt so passionately about something that she was prepared to put herself on the line. She is an inspiration to us all to follow your heart and never take 'no' for an answer.

It's Democracy Day! Here's The History Of The UK Parliament In 60 Seconds

ITN | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Today marks the 750th anniversary of England's first Parliament so here's a brief history of its origins in 60 seconds....

Is This The Oldest Dildo In Existence?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If Ann Summers had been around during the Ice Age, this is definitely the kind of penis-shaped paraphernalia they'd be selling. Ladies and gentlema...

Is Using a Paper Diary Retro or Does it Make Me a Luddite?

Jonathan Guy | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Guy

People collect old letters; they collect stamps, manuscripts and historic papers. Some of the most valuable items in the British Museum are written or printed on paper.

Children of the Great War - Capturing the Legacy of Conflict

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Sometimes art can be beautiful and swell the heart, or it challenges and leads you to re-examine your world view, but on rare occasions it does both. When this happens you find yourself left almost a new person, seeing the world through new eyes.

Charlie Hebdo, Murderous Bullies, Dank Mistrust and a Lesson in Solidarity and History

Karl Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

We need to get angry. We need to get involved. More than anything, we need to get angry at the right people. We need to stand together, and not allow ourselves to be hoodwinked into being angry at Mosques, when we should be angry at the fat cats of Threadneedle Street, and at Parliament

The Curious Case of South Parade Pier

Naomi Thompson | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Naomi Thompson

Pier saving has become a bit trendy. Once the poster girls for jaded seaside towns up and down Britain, their sea legs are being strengthened ensuring they are ship-shape and Bristol fashion for many generations to come.