2nd December 2013

A week of wonderful websites – Day 1

The National Archives holds over eleven million historical government and public records, one of the largest archive collections in the world. From Domesday Book to modern […]
1st December 2013

1 December

Traditionally a day to begin opening the doors on the Advent Calendar but also, in 1990, the day when mainland Britain re-joined continental Europe. The final […]
30th November 2013

30 November

So much choice as today is a historic day in many ways, not least because of the effect of the events of last night in Glasgow. […]
29th November 2013

Pearls of wisdom

I have often wondered if there should be a proverb counter out there somewhere to see how many proverbs are used each day. But today, this […]
28th November 2013

Cats and dogs

Whilst thinking about today’s blog, which was going to be about a rather useful website I located recently, all I have heard is the incessant noise […]
27th November 2013

Hot or cold, Anders?

The Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius was born in Uppsala on this day in 1701. His family originated from Ovanåker in the province of Hälsingland. As the […]
26th November 2013

Thirty-five to go….

Today marks exactly 35 days until the end of the year and 29 days until Christmas. Now, confession time: how many of you have done all […]
25th November 2013

Another obsolete occupation

Yesterday I was contacted by a colleague asking if I had ever heard of an occupation he had located in the 1861 census: Charles and Andrew […]
24th November 2013

Mining for good resources

Until the middle of the eighteenth century, charcoal made from burnt wood had been the main fuel employed by industry. However, conserving timber supplies for use […]