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Saturday, 29 December 2018

HMS Warrior

Happy birthday HMS Warrior, Britain's first iron warship, launched on 29 December 1860. http://www.hmswarrior.org/history 

Friday, 14 December 2018

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Women's jobs in the Middle Ages

Its quite untrue that women in the past did not work. Women in the Middle Ages participated in many trades and businesses. http://dankoboldt.com/female-professions-medieval-europe/ 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Pirates

Today (19 September) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Altogether now: Ah! Jim Lad! Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum! www.localhistories.org/pirates.html

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Monday, 27 August 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018

The Romans arrive in Britain

On 26 August 55 BC Julius Caesar arrived in Britain but he did not stay. He returned briefly in 54 BC. The Romans returned in 43 AD. This time they stayed. www.localhistories.org/roman.html

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Battle of Bosworth

On 22 August 1485 a decisive battle in English history was fought. Henry Tudor won and subsequently he became King Henry VII.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Leon Trotsky died on this day

Leon Trotsky died on 21 August 1940 one day after being hit in the head with an ice pick. In the words of the Stranglers he got an ice pick that made his ears burn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNMxY4qjsMI 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Washing in the Middle Ages

Its a persistent myth that people in the Middle Ages were very dirty. All the evidence suggests they tried to keep themselves clean. http://www.medievalists.net/2013/04/did-people-in-the-middle-ages-take-baths/

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Louis Bleriot

On 25 July 1909 Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the English Channel. Well done Louis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2oB6SXGK4 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Anne Askew

On 16 July 1546 a Protestant named Anne Askew was burned to death in London. She is the only woman on record as being tortured in the Tower of London www.localhistories.org/askew.html

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Quebec

Happy birthday Quebec. The great city was founded on 3 July 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. www.localhistories.org/quebec.html 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Marston Moor

On 2 July 1644 during the English Civil War parliament won a decisive victory at Marston Moor. Is believed it was the largest battle ever fought on English soil. www.localhistories.org/englishcivilwar.html 

ELO Battle of Marston Moor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0CxTWmv4YU 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Bannockburn

On 24 June 1314 the Scots won a decisive victory at Bannockburn. It ensured Scottish independence. www.localhistories.org/scotland.html