Archives for 2013

Perhaps the UK’s oldest recycled Christmas tree

Originally planted by the festively monikered Head Gardener of Wrest Park, Seward Snow in 1856, the Sequoia Gigantea was brought into the conservatory … [Read more...]





Who Built Stonehenge? Exhibition

A  special exhibition explores 800 years of debate about the creation of Stonehenge will open in December at the New Stonehenge Visitor … [Read more...]





The Wills of Our Ancestors – A Guide for Family & Local Historians

What are wills, and how can they be used for family and local history research? How can you interpret them and get as much insight from them as … [Read more...]





Straight and True – A Select History of the Arrow

The arrow, essentially a specialized spear, is among the most ancient human inventions and can be found in cultures throughout the world. The need … [Read more...]





Blackbeard – The Hunt for the World’s Most Notorious Pirate

Edward Teach – ‘Blackbeard’-is one of the legends of the so-called ‘golden age of piracy’. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody … [Read more...]





Bligh: Master Mariner

The Eighteenth Century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these … [Read more...]





The Reichsbank Robbery

In February 1945 the US Air Force launched the largest day time bombing offensive against Berlin, dropping over 2,250 tons of bombs on the German … [Read more...]





Unearthing Churchill’s Secret Army – The Official List of SOE Casualties and Their Stories

The Special Operations Executive was one of the most secretive organizations of the Second World War, its activities cloaked in mystery and … [Read more...]





South Yorkshire Mining Disasters

In the period that we now call the Industrial Revolution mining disasters wrecked the lives of thousands of South Yorkshire families and devastated … [Read more...]





John Barry – An American Hero in the Age of Sail

John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail is the first comprehensive biography of this legendary officer in over seventy years. Son of a … [Read more...]