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Obituary – Sir John Keegan

As students move into and beyond A Level history they should be aware of how the discipline becomes more specialised. Military history has never really been my thing but I have always had great admiration for two British historians of … Continue reading

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If you think it is cold here at the moment…

A bit of military history for you. I am sure that you all really appreciate the efforts of the caretakers to get the site open today – who wants an early start to Half Term anyway. However cold you might think … Continue reading

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Update – Calleva Atrebatum – City of the Dead

You may remember from an earlier post Calleva Atrebatum – City of the Dead how recent work on the Silchester site is changing our understanding of the Roman and Iron Age period. In particular, some archaeologists now believe that there … Continue reading

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Book Review- Wedlock by Mandy Moore

As someone who studied the treatment of women in the past, and has written a dissertation on domestic violence in the early modern period, I am perhaps more interested in this than the average person.  Even so, this is one … Continue reading

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Informed decision please Year Thirteen

First off congratulations on a cracking set of AS results. They are a tribute to all your hard work and hours of revision. It is course the nature of examinations that some of you will want to target a re-sit in the January … Continue reading

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Is everything I ever taught you wrong ?

Those of you that had the misfortune to be taught by me in Year Seven will of course remember that it was the Romans who brought urban living to Britain. Well it seems, perhaps not for the first time, I … Continue reading

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“Earliest” Map of Britain made available as an interactive website

This is the earliest surviving map of Britain – the Gough Map. It dates from the 1370s, and was revised in the early Fourteenth Century. The BBc article linked below comments, “drawn on two pieces of sheepskin, the 115 x … Continue reading

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Beyond the Blitz: 70 stories for 70 years

A bit of oral history for you this time. To mark the seventieth anniversary of the Blitz of Coventry the BBC recorded 70 stories from 70 survivors. You can access them through the interactive website on the link below. It is … Continue reading

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Why Study History ?

The link below is very well written. It is from the History department of Hanover College, Indiana. It is a brief article on some of the reasons for studying undergraduate History. At the bottom of the page are links to … Continue reading

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The hero with the shovel…

Something a bit more recent. The young man shown in the thumbnail on the left is Frederick Potts. He holds the very special distinction of being the only person in the history of Reading to be awarded the Victoria Cross … Continue reading

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