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 […]
23rd November 2013

23 November

…. 1910, saw the hanging of Hawley Harvey Crippen (born 11 September 1862), usually known as Dr. Crippen. An American homeopathic physician and salesman, Crippen was […]
22nd November 2013

Fifty years ago today

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as his presidential car travelled from the airport to downtown Dallas, Texas. He was forty six and had been in […]
21st November 2013

Unusual British Epitaphs

Britain’s churchyards are one of the nation’s priceless and unique heritages. Generations of our forebears are commemorated humorously, eccentrically and often anonymously. Epitaphs and inscriptions on […]
20th November 2013

Not a Royalist but ….

…. today in 1947, the 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth married her distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Created Duke of Edinburgh on the eve of the […]
19th November 2013

The strangest connections….

During my decade in the teaching profession, I have had the pleasure of working with dozens of talented educators who give their heart, soul, dedication, passion […]