13th August 2014

The last execution

The murder of John Alan West on 7 April 1964 was the crime which led to the last time a death sentence was executed in the United Kingdom. West was […]
12th August 2014

The Glorious Twelfth

This is the Glorious Twelfth, the first day of the grouse-shooting season. The sport is concentrated in north east England and Scotland, where it makes a significant […]
11th August 2014

Enid Blyton’s Solar Eclipse

To celebrate what would have been Enid Blyton’s 102nd birthday today in 1999, the last full solar eclipse of the twentieth century took place, witnessed by […]
10th August 2014

#32 Bertha Day (1864-1938) of Enfield

Many decades ago, my family – me and my parents – would visit an elderly great aunt of mine in Cheltenham. She was very interested in […]
9th August 2014

Unusual British Museums

On our way to visit Beaulieu National Motor Museum this morning set me wondering…. what is the most unusual British Museum? Motor Museums are not unusual […]
8th August 2014

Middle East – history through headlines

Twenty three years ago, John McCarthy was released in Lebanon after more than five years in captivity. John was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad terrorists in Lebanon […]
7th August 2014

Answer before opening: Where is Porcupine?

No, this isn’t like those Where’s Wally? books! Clearly this little chap is a porcupine but where in England is Porcupine? I didn’t even know that there was […]
6th August 2014

‘Little Boy’

On 6 August 1945, the USA dropped the first atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. At 8:15am Japanese time, the atomic bomb (named ‘Little […]
5th August 2014

Maps and photographs in genealogy

When tracing back in time, many people ask: How can I find out more about where my ancestors lived? To do this, electoral registers, directories and parish […]