UK History

'Generation War' - Fact and Fiction

Witold Sobków | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

By effectively reconceptualising German suffering during the war at the expense of that of other nations, the series seems to be creating a somehow distorted reality of World War II, which many people regard as offensive to the memory of the millions of victims of the Nazi German regime in an occupied Poland and elsewhere.

D-Day Weather

Sian Lloyd | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sian Lloyd

The success and failure of invasions and military expeditions between Britain and Europe have always depended on the weather, from Julius Caesar onwards. But the role the weather and meteorologists played in the 1944 Normandy landings was critical.

Solving the Mystery of Stonehenge

Sarah Willis | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

Many of us will recognise the odd arrangement of large rocks that cast looming shadows across the Wiltshire countryside as Stonehenge - an ancient monument shrouded by myth and mystery.

Why Ukip? The Answer Is In History - Not Bigotry

Robin Koerner | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Koerner

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first Constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking world. Fewer people know that M...

They Were Cornish, But Why Didn't They Tell the Census Takers?

Scott Phillips | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In Genealogy, one of the first steps each of us must take is to find the home village of our ancestors. At times this search is relatively (pun intended) simple when one of our family elders is still living and can tell us directly.

The Soul of Soho: Bar Italia Turns 65

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

You can still turn the corner into Frith Street from Shaftesbury Avenue and find a place where the world is at peace with itself. Bar Italia is a jewel set in the rusted London crown. It's the fruit of immigrant toil, a place that makes a laughing stock of Farage and his followers.

Bank Holiday Attractions for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiast

Vicky Dean | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicky Dean

Another bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us. If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast looking for inspirational activities with a creative bent then read on. Looking at William Morris, John Constable and Beatrix Potter we will tour the houses and landscapes that they lived in and loved.

Got Cornish Genealogy? HUGE news today

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

For all of us who work on our Cornish genealogy, family history, and roots today is a huge day! A 15 years plus effort culminated, in part, today with the announcement today by Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander, saying the Cornish are to be recognized as a national minority group for the first time!

Being Proud at 40

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Of course the current situation for disabled people is not perfect, and I have made it my life's work to play my part in improving matters in any way I can. But if we forget to celebrate our achievements and the sheer wonders that now exist for many disabled people, then we can not move forward, remaining stuck in our own resentment.

The Man Who Wrote Henry VIII's Court

Amy Licence | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

Now, historian Lauren Mackay has looked afresh at Chapuys' letters, returning to his actual words, to decipher exactly what he did have to say. And what he didn't. What emerges in this new book about the Tudor court is a complex diplomatic picture of a lively and clever man who defies the stereotypes perpetuated in some history books to shine as he takes centre stage.

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

Nick Clements | Posted 20.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 01.06.2014 | 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 25.05.2014 | 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 20.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 16.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 15.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 13.05.2014 | 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.