General Interest

  • The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

    4th January 2022

    This summer our patron, Queen Elizabeth II, has her Platinum Jubilee. It is the longest reign of any British monarch. For many of us in the UK and abroad, she is the only head of state that we have ever known. In those 70 years that she has been queen,...

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  • Historical anniversaries in 2022

    4th January 2022

    While we have no idea of what 2022 might hold in store for us, we do at least know what we will be commemorating, celebrating and reflecting on when it comes to historical anniversaries. The main focus for many will be the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we have lots lined...

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

    4th January 2022

    The events of the Holocaust and the other genocides of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries can seem overwhelming and too much to take on board. That is one of the reasons why each year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) has a specific theme. For 2022 the theme is ‘One Day’, a...

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  • Disability History Month

    1st November 2021

    UK Disability History Month is now in its 12th year. This is a relatively new introduction to the history monthly calendar, which may well be an indicator as to how low in importance this area has previously been perceived. That fact is of course scandalous; people with disabilities have just...

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  • VJ Day: 75 Years On

    4th August 2020

    On its 75th anniversary, historian Paula Kitching reflects on the significance of and events leading up to VJ Day in 1945. You can also listen to our new podcast on post-war Japan which explores the topic in further detail. 15 August is VJ Day – Victory in Japan – and marks...

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  • Battle of Arnhem Anniversary

    2nd September 2019

    This September marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944 - otherwise known as Operation Market Garden. Launched on 17 September, it was an Allied attack to take further parts of Western Europe from Nazi control and continue the push created over the summer. Building on the successes...

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  • One Giant Leap – 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing

    2nd July 2019

    “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” is one of the most famous sentences of the 20th century, and it was about science and exploration not conflict – or was it? For centuries humanity has stared at the Moon and attributed to it portents of good...

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  • Good Evening Sweetheart: real-life romance of young couple separated by WWII

    2nd July 2019

    Historical romances are not always confined to fiction and flights of fancy – sometimes they actually occur within our own communities. The real-life romantic story of two young people separated by war was uncovered by Sue and Peter Mowforth who revealed the experience of their parents in a talk to the...

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  • Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles 1919

    1st July 2019

    The end of June 2019 marked the centenary of the formal ending of the First World War. 11 November 1918 was only the Armistice – it needed a peace treaty to truly end the war. The Treaty of Versailles between the Allies and Germany was signed on 28 June 1919:...

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  • Remembering D-Day: 75 years on

    3rd June 2019

    This month it will be the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. That courageous and astounding action was one of the key turning points that led to the end of the Second World War and the defeat of Nazism. The further in time we move from that day...

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