General Interest

  • Battle of Messines Ridge centenary

    9th June 2017

    Messines Ridge is part of the arc of high ground in the south-east corner around Ypres in Flanders, to which the Germans tactically withdrew in autumn 1914 helping to form the Ypres Salient. From this vantage point the Germans were able to see just about anything the Allies did in...

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  • The Six Day War 1967: 50th anniversary

    5th June 2017

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Six Day War, a conflict which marked a significant turning point for the new Israel and its identity in the Middle East. The start of the twentieth century saw different relations developing between the communities in the region of the Middle...

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  • Our Migration Story

    11th January 2017

    Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaboration between the Runnymede Trust and academics based at the universities of Cambridge and Manchester. Drawing on the words and research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions – including the National Archives,...

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  • Launching ‘The Stuarts: 1603-1714’

    4th November 2016

    Perfect for use in schools – it is the Stuart era in 7 minutes! This lively animated film, narrated by comedian David Mitchell, is the perfect way to introduce both students and the wider public to this rich and complex period of British history. The Stuart era – which includes...

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  • Did your ancestor fight in the Hundred Years War?

    20th October 2016

    If you’ve ever wondered whether your ancestors served as a medieval soldier in the Hundred Years War, a newly launched website from historians at the universities of Southampton and Reading may have the answer. The names of over 3,500 French soldiers linked to the Battle of Agincourt (1415) have been...

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  • The centenary of the Battle of the Somme

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    Up and down the UK and parts of France, as well as across the world vigils will be held over the next 141 days for those that fought and were affected by the Battle of the Somme. It is typical for most nations to commemorate their victories and successes and...

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  • Professor Lisa Jardine CBE

    27th October 2015

    The Historical Association is saddened by the news of the passing of Lisa Jardine, historian and recipient of the HA’s Medlicott Medal. Lisa Jardine was one of Britain’s leading historians. Her commitment to history and public debate took her knowledge and intellect far beyond the usual confines of the academic....

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  • Before the Somme came Loos

    5th October 2015

    The Battle of the Somme in 1916, with the highest number of casualties ever experienced by the British army in one day, meant that it became on the of the most famous events of the First World War. Over the last 100 years that notoriety has meant that while its...

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  • Irene Collins

    21st July 2015

    It is with great sorrow that we have learnt of the death of Irene Collins. Irene was much loved and greatly admired by many people in the HA. She was President of the HA from 1982 to 1985 and in 1996 was awarded the Medlicott Medal for Services to History....

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  • HA 'A' Level essay competition winner 2015

    23rd June 2015

    In this year of anniversaries, we asked A-Level students who they might choose to erect a statue of in Parliament Square. Choices had to be argued in an essay of no more than 2000 words. The standard of entries was very high and there were some very interesting choices -...

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