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The British Library hosts the Georgians

GEORGIANS REVEALED AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY Georgians Revealed – 8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014 – British Library It’s fair to say that being sandwiched in the middle of the Tudors and the Victorians has done the Georgians no favours. Like the Stuarts before them, the Georgians suffer the same level of popular neglect when held up against Henry …

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FROM THE ARCHIVE: Women-Only Spaces

Lucy Allen looks at why all the best wombs are wearing misogyny gold this season. I’ve seen several discussions of the medieval birth-chamber as a woman-only space recently, including Helen Castor’s documentary. Castor claims that birth chambers were a space in which women were given extraordinary power in a habitually disempowering society – where midwives had the power to perform …

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HS2: The Historian’s View

Historian Steven Gray argues the case for solid infrastructure. My work on coaling the navy frequently looks at infrastructure. Coal did not simply appear at foreign stations, nor was increased demand simply absorbed by existing infrastructure. Throughout the period I look at (1870-1914) changes are made to ensure that the system employed improves the efficiency and quality of the delivery …

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Book Review: Nazis, Spies & Fakes: Ten Years at the Coalface of History

Nazis, Spies & Fakes: Ten Years at the Coalface of History By Guy Walters Lockhart Armstrong Limited It is a rather controversial time for a Daily Mail journalist to release a book entitled ‘Nazis, Spies and Fakes’, but please don’t let that stop you reading on. Guy Walters is a stellar historical journalist. The book is an assembly of Walters’ …

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ITV makes us Breathless

THE TELEVISION SHOW Breathless, ITV1, Thursday 9pm Last week saw the start of a new six-part medical series called Breathless. Set in a gynaecology ward in 1961, we are transported to a Britain where abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only available for married women. It is the year Ernst Hemingway commits suicide, The Beatles perform at The Cavern …

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Take a trip to Sutton House to celebrate Black History Month

It is currently Black History Month and if you want an enjoyable day out for the family you could do a lot worse than a visit to historic Sutton House. For the next few weeks (until the 29th November) they are hosting an interactive exhibition exploring the lives of nine influential Black Londoners, including: John Blanke, the Lascars, Ignatius Sancho, …

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This month in history

70 Years ago 14th October 1943: Six hundred prisoners attempt to break free from the Nazi Death Camp of Sobibor. Three hundred are immediately successful, but only around fifty would live through the war.   75 years ago 30th October 1938: Orson Welles broadcast his radio adaptation of ‘The War of the Worlds’ in the USA. The transmission is met …

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Child evacuees of WWII

Gillian Mawson investigates the experience of Guernsey evacuee children in England during the Second World War.  In May 2008 when I discovered that over 17,000 Guernsey evacuees had arrived in England in June 1940, just before the Nazis invaded their island, I was astounded!  I knew that the Channel Islands had been occupied during the Second World War, but had …

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