UK History

The Tale of 'Whacker' Reid

Sean O'Callaghan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Sean O'Callaghan

The Easter Rising that took place in Dublin in 1916 was organised by a small group of conspirators in the Irish Republican Brotherhood; a secret revolutionary movement which was founded in Ireland and America in the mid-nineteenth century. The actual Rising was carried out by a group of the Irish Volunteers, without the knowledge of most of its leaders or members, in alliance with the small citizen army led by the revolutionary socialist James Connolly. Close to 500 people died in the Rising, mostly Irish civilians - fifteen of the leaders were executed in Dublin...

The Queen At 90: That Other 'Four Royal Generations' Photograph

Ed Green | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Ed Green

The Queen's 90th birthday week has produced a mixture of deferential reporting and, as can be expected for someone approaching a century, an opportunity to think about the times that she's reigned through - our current Elizabethan Age, as the cliché goes.

Wounded Exhibition at the Science Museum to Mark 100th Anniversary of Battle of the Somme

Stewart Emmens | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Stewart Emmens

A few years back I was struck by the regular reports of British casualties in Afghanistan. While those killed were mourned and commemorated, at times the wounded seemed to be little more than numbers that were soon forgotten.

Queen Elizabeth Recognises British Rock Music Tourism With Award on Her 90th Birthday

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

Rock music arguably began life in London. It's great news to see that the London Rock Tour has been recognised this way and as Cherry suggests, let's hope that this is merely the beginning of a new wave of interest in British music heritage.

A Moral Sense of Beauty

Carry Somers | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Style
Carry Somers

Before we can rediscover a 'moral sense of beauty' on falling in love with a new dress, we need to know that there is equity behind its beauty. To know that there is equity, we need transparency.

Book Review: A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

Robert Bradley | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK
Robert Bradley

What does infallible mean? Well, Google seems to think (as well as perhaps consider itself) something that's perfect and cant be critiqued. This book, however chocked full of fact, followed by more facts, some light Saturday night takeaway humour, then some biblical "facts", is hardly perfect. So an ironic title, well Nearly!

One Of The Biggest Ever Roman Villas Has Been Found In Someone's Back Garden

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

A Wiltshire father has stumbled across the find of his life while doing some DIY - accidentally unearthing one of the largest Roman villas ever discov...

The 'Eighth Wonder Of The World' Is Reopening And It's Right Beneath Londoners' Feet

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

It was once labelled the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and drew a million Victorian visitors - but the grand entrance to the Thames Tunnel became aband...

Life Beneath a London Drug Den

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jonnie Bayfield

About two years ago I moved into a property buried deep in a London suburb. For reasons that will become clear the location will remain undisclosed, though It is owned by a housing trust and leased out to an agency; who fill it with people like me in order to keep vandals and sex workers from illegally squatting in the empty building. It's a regular fixture in the London living scene (especially for struggling artists) so I won't bore you with the details.

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

We value authenticity in the museum, and it's always nice, when visitors ask, "That's not real, is it?" to be able to say "Oh yes, everything is real". The Mary Rose may only be 40% of a ship, but she's 100% genuine.

A Quick Guide To Marrakech

Chloe Gunning | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Dusty, hot, chaotic, overwhelming and unfriendly. That's what I was expecting Morocco's 'red city' Marrakech to be like. From descriptions by friends, I didn't think I would like it, but hey - it would be an 'experience'.

Letter to Educators: We Need Histories of Teams, Not Biographies of Individuals

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

No man is an island, and this is true not only as a life quote but also at the workplace. Therefore we must adopt a teamwork-based curriculum for schools to prepare students adequately for the real world, and this curriculum begins with emphasising histories of teams, rather than biographies of individuals.

The 6 Most Disturbing Details From Newly Released Files On Nazi Camp Horrors

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK

Tales of “rampant” cannibalism in a German concentration camp and torture are among stories of harrowing brutality recounted by victims of Nazi pe...

Eubank Jr v Blackwell - An Example of the Risks Associated With Boxing

David Ready | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

For many years, boxing has publicly been under the cosh for the risk it poses to its sportsmen. In the annals of history, it has a notorious reputation for causing potential life threatening injuries.

There Have Been Some Pretty Incredible Finds At The Bottom Of Britain's Rivers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK

Shopping trolleys, traffic cones and old tyres are all fairly unsurprising items to find at the bottom of a waterway - but there have been far more in...

Two Hidden Rooms Have Been Discovered In King Tutankhamun's Tomb

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

Two hidden rooms have been discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen - and the contents could be very exciting. In a news conference Thursday in Cair...

Even History Buffs Will Be Scratching Their Heads At This Tutankhamun Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

Intriguing details about two hidden rooms in King Tutankhamun's tomb were revealed on Thursday. In a news conference in Cairo, Egyptian Antiquities Mi...

21 March 1776: A Forgotten Anniversary?

Matthew McCormack | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew McCormack

Historians like anniversaries. Every morning on Twitter I enjoy reading 'this day in history' tweets. Key anniversaries can also focus the mind: the c...

We Can't Learn From a Stump: Why the Queen Victoria Statue Should Stay

Gabriel Webber | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gabriel Webber

Memento Park just outside Budapest is a bizarre wonderland. It's where the Hungarians deposited all its unwanted Communist statues after the fall of t...

We Bet You Can't Name All These Ground-Breaking Women From Their Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK

Earlier this week, a shocking video showed Brits struggling to name three famous women from the past, as research shows 40% of people think women have...

LGBT History Month - A Military Snapshot

Caroline Paige | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Caroline Paige

Does today's LGBT community truly only want to hear from LGBT personnel who are fortunate enough to have never served in the days when their livelihood and future was at risk purely for being LGBT? Perhaps it does.

Arguments vs. Slogans: Debating EU Membership

Neil Gregor | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Gregor

One can work through all of these things and come to the perfectly honourable conclusion that, on balance, it would be still be better to leave. Yet thus far it is striking how few people seem able to make that informed, reasoned case and to argue for it calmly and persuasively.

Last Survivor Of Treblinka Death Camp Dies Aged 93

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK

The last survivor of Treblinka death camp has died aged 93. Samuel Willenberg was taken to the camp in 1942, one of 6,000 people transported there ...

This Might Be The Most Exciting Find At ‘Britain's Pompeii' So Far

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK

Archaeologists working on an area dubbed “Britain’s Pompeii” have unearthed what might be their most exciting find so far. A complete Bronze ...

I'll Always Go Back To Paris, Regardless Of The State Of Emergency

Alex Jackson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The real attack on French culture here is the parliament's decision to reinforce the state of emergency, by no way a banner for tourists or French citizens alike. We look at France as the birthplace of modern democracy, and the country's founding call for liberté is something we should not take for granted the world over.