UK History

If Historical Figures Had Instagram

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to the folk behind Histagrams - a Tumblr (and Facebook page) which charts historical moments as Instagram uploads. As you can see... ...

Irish Can Learn From British Gratitude

Christopher Jackson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Christopher Jackson

Britons lionise their Second World War veterans more than other veterans because they fought for what Britain and what the world is today, including its neighbour, Ireland. We, the Irish, live in a better world because of them, and it's about time that we acknowledged this as so.

14 Stunning Colour Photographs From History

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

These stunning pictures first hit the Internet courtesy of Reddit user Brinkman87, showing the incredible work of editors who take old photographs and...

The World at War at 40

Roger Crow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The World at War is one of the most ambitious documentary series ever made. A mammoth 26 hours charting key points in the history of World War Two.

Nine Haunted Castles for Halloween | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Has this Halloween inspired you to check in to some spooky accommodation? Europe is home to a number of historic castles converted to luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. Autumn and Winter presents the perfect time of year to discover some local history and check in to these unique hotels.

For Every Poppy's Petal, A Story of Remembrance

Ana Tzarev | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Ana Tzarev

To this day, I believe the Royal British Legion's legacy of providing necessary care to veterans and their families makes them one of the finest and most worthwhile charities.

Social Media, Serendipity and the Power of Trivia

Sharon O'Dea | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sharon O'Dea

The stream of updates about unimportant things, from lunchtime burritos to Daily Mail click-bait, are thought by many to be distracting us from the reading of improving books or forging of real-life relationships.

'The Borgias' - Faithful to the Spirit

G. J. Meyer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
G. J. Meyer

The arrival in DVD format of the third and final season of Neil Jordan's "The Borgias" gives rise to a host of interesting and even important questions.

The Bowman Way Is Essex: Two History Book Reviews

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Amy Licence

It may be the because so much of mainstream history has been enacted and written by men, that Bowman's Essex boys felt more familiar than her selection of Essex girls.

Sin on the South Bank

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

Flowing through the heart of the capital, the history of the river Thames offers a powerful symbol for the lives of Londoners through the centuries. In fact, there have been people living on the site since before Roman times, washing there, catching fish and watching the horizon for signs of invaders.

Noam Chomsky Exclusive: A Conversation on the Waning of American Power

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

As Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for the past 58 years, Chomsky has long courted controversy with his criticism of the legitimacy of American power from his position on the American left...

Walking in Anne Boleyn's Footsteps

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

It is hard to find anything new on Anne these days, however In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn fills a definite gap in the market.

Genealogy Lessons Learned From Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

n the many years I have been pursuing my genealogy, ancestry, and family history as a genealogical historian I have been blessed to learn much. Much about family, history, people both living and dead, and how to be what I like to think is an effective genealogist.

Jane Austen's Ring 'Saved' But Shouldn't Jewellery Be Worn and Not Kept in a Museum?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

The announcement today that the iconic gold and turquoise ring that belonged to Jane Austin has been 'saved' from leaving the country on the hand of American pop star Kelly Clarkson, is, I believe, a bit of a mixed bag.

'Maths Explains History'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech

The rise and fall of civilisations. The birth of empires. The winds of social and economic change. Solved for 'X', apparently. A team of researc...

What Should Richard III's Tomb Look Like?

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK

Despite being dead for over 600 years, Richard III is continuing to cause rows - this time over how his tomb should look. The tensions are so sever...

White-Washing British History

Minesh Parekh | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

On Friday 6 September, David Cameron refuted a Russian official's summation that Britain was 'just a small island' by delivering a speech that reeked of a Gove-esque approach to popular history entwined with petulant patriotism. He seemed to cry out that "Britain's one of the bigger kids too, even if it wasn't allowed to go to war this time", calling upon the rhetoric of the past as if to prove Britain's place in the present world and reimagining it as it suited him.

Does History Matter?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Politicians love to invoke history. It's fodder for Syria, tax policy, welfare reform and what to do about the environment. The late historian Tony Judt once argued that we suffer from a dangerous illusion, namely "'that we live in a time without precedent . . . and that the past has nothing to teach us''. Sure enough.

Britain's Golden Era

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK
Ben Gwalchmai

"China's power is on the rise." "India's capability worries the west." Sound familiar? If I ask 'What's Britain's golden age?' What's your first res...

Carnaby Echoes

Lucy Harrison | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Harrison

When I was asked to think about a project drawing on the musical history of Carnaby (Carnaby Street itself plus the 12 streets that surround it), I thought about what it meant for a place to be so strongly associated with a time, in the way Carnaby Street has been with the 1960s. Often when I have mentioned the project to people, they have answered by talking about 'that time' as if it only existed then.

Frost, Nixon and Me: The Day I Met David Frost

Simon Thompson | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

I'll never forget the time I interviewed Sir David Frost. As far as beacons of world class journalism go, America had Walter Cronkite and we had Sir David. And then they had Sir David too.

What Do Writers Do?

Sara Sheridan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Earlier this year I was asked to take part in a writing project in the UK's second UNESCO City of Literature - Norwich

Why The Fatberg Should Remind Us of the Great Stink of Victorian Times

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Ben Gwalchmai

In July 2013, Thames Water found a 'fatberg' as big as a bus. If left untreated, great deals of fat could have oozed out of drains, another oddly Dickensian thought...

LOOK: Heartbreaking Wills Written By Fallen Soldiers Of World War One

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

The poignant and heartbreaking last recorded words of thousands of Britain’s fallen heroes from WW1 are to be made available online. Her Majesty...

How to Tell a Riot From a Rebellion

Vincent Brown | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK
Vincent Brown

Every year at this time, the UK celebrates its Caribbean heritage at the Notting Hill Carnival. The country also holds its collective breath, many worrying that the mass revelry could turn into a violent street fight. The event had its origins in trouble.