Visits

‘Every holiday, trip to the adjacent town, country walk is a learning experience’ – or at least it could be. Have a read of the articles in our visits section, these articles are from our publications and explore the history of particular areas and how particular sites can be put into historical frameworks and interpreted.  The articles form ‘my favourite place’ – a regular feature in the historian can open up places as you reflect on how the simplest place can become a site for affection and reflection once you know something about it. Additionally they just make you want to get out and explore the world around you – trip to Magdeburg or Swansea Castle anyone?

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  • Out and about in Bolton - Industrial Revelation

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    Despite its old name of Bolton-le-Moors, the history of Bolton is tied up with the Industrial Revolution. Its population grew from 17,000 inhabitants in 1801 to nearly 181,000 in 1911. It is well known that the damp climate of England's north west was perfectly suited to the textile industry, and...

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  • The National Heritage List

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    This is a momentous occasion in the history of designation in England and we hope you find the List and the online application form a useful resource.The National Heritage List for England is an online database which brings together information on all nationally designated heritage assets in one place for the...

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  • Sutton Scarsdale Hall and an Uncongenial Country

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    North Derbyshire has much to offer the country house enthusiast. From Chatsworth to Haddon to Hardwick to Renishaw, the houses of the historic rich and famous are open to view. These sites preserve aspects of a historic way of life, one that was to collapse as the twentieth century heaved...

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  • Out and About in Norwell

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    It is at Newark that the River Trent turns northwards. Running parallel to the river are the Great North Road (now the A1) and the East Coast Mainline railway. The easily missed village of Norwell lies seven miles north of Newark and one and a half miles west of the...

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  • Museum of Brands

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    The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising presents the collection of consumer historian, Robert Opie, who saw the need to record the history of the products around us. Starting at the age of sixteen with a packet of Munchies, Robert built up the collection that now extends to all aspects...

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  • Out and about in the East Yorkshire Wolds

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    East Yorkshire is a somewhat neglected area for touring. Yet, the villages in the chalk Wolds possess much charm and a lot of surprising history to reward those who would explore them. In my youth, I toured these villages many times both on foot and by bicycle. This route is...

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  • Out and about in Trowbridge

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    This is more than one of our conventional ‘Out and About in Local History' items because Ken Rogers introduces us to a process whereby visual architectural and industrial history of Trowbridge has been saved from destruction; and then he gives us some clear guidance as to where to go and...

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  • Out & About in Laxton

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    Where is Laxton?The village is in north Nottinghamshire, formerly called Lexington (Lexitune). The village is based around the Church of St Michael and, of course, its hostelry, the Dovecote Inn. Most of the farms are properties which are long and thin and they have "closes" which stretch back from the...

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  • West Somerset Mineral Railway

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    The West Somerset Mineral Railway Project is run by a consortium of local and national partners under the leadership of the Exmoor National Park Authority.  It received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2007 for a programme scheduled for completion at the end of 2009.    The project set...

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  • Herbert Art Gallery Coventry - History Centre

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    Herbert Art Gallery and Museum's brand new History Centre is a treasure trove of information on the history of Coventry and its citizens from medieval times to the present .The huge range of original documents includes books, maps, newspapers, electoral registers and building plans. Photographs, oral history, microfilms and internet sources...

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  • Liverpool's revolutionary Old Dock

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    If you want to get up close to history, Liverpool's revolutionary Old Dock - the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock - is opening in May 2010 as the city's latest historic attraction, with free ticketed tours for schools and members of the public starting from Merseyside Maritime Museum. For...

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  • Visit: Barton-upon-Humber

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    Barton-upon-Humber is a small historic town situated on the south bank of the River Humber, in the old north Lincolnshire area of Lindsey.It is almost opposite the large city and port of Kingston-upon-Hull. The name is derived from ‘Beretun', which meant ‘Barley Town', a tribute to its importance in the...

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  • 2010 Year of the Tiger Events at Museum of London in Docklands

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    To welcome in the Year of the Tiger 2010, Museum of London in Docklands will be hosting a multitude of free and paying events for adults and children including films, walks, a variety show and traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. For more information go to...

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  • The Long Dark: 'medievalism' in contemporary art.

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    'The Long Dark' exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton, takes a text by John Ruskin, The Nature of Gothic as its starting point for an exploration of 'medievalism' in contemporary art.Bringing together an international group of artists based in Britain and Germany, the exhibition examines a revival of interest in pre-modern...

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  • Alfred Hitchcock London Locations Walk

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    10% Discount for HA Members! The Alfred Hitchcock London Locations Walk - every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.London Street Market Walks - daily guided walks and the DVD. 

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  • Out and about in the Trent Valley

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    In the muddy corner of a field fringing Biddulph Moor in North Staffordshire, a small fenced enclosure surrounds Trent Head, ‘official' source of the River Trent (SJ905 579). In truth, any of a handful of springs that rise nearby might serve. Pilgrims are well advised to equip themselves with Wellington...

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  • Ruins in the woods: A case study of three historical ruins 'hidden' in the woodland of Derbyshire

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    Ruined buildings shrouded in trees, masonry crumblinginto the undergrowth. It sounds like the backdrop for an Indiana Jones movie, the sort of thing people trek across Central America or the wilds of Cambodia to find. But Britain has its own share of enigmatic relics. Three very different such historical ruins...

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  • Out and about looking at Crinkle Crankle Walls

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    At the village of Easton in Suffolk one of its most distinctive features is its crinkle crankle wall. It is said to be the longest example of this form of wall construction and design. When Easton Hall, the seat of the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton was demolished and transported...

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  • Out and about in Sheffield

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    This article was commissioned by the Sheffield Branch of the Historical Association in response to an editorial invitation for items of wide Local History interest to be submitted for publication. It is hoped that John Salt's insight will encourage members to visit Sheffield and also give them ideas on what...

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  • International Year of Astronomy 2009

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    Details of this months events at the Royal Observatory, GreenwichSpring Moonwatch at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich:1 - 5 April 2009Late afternoons bring the exclusive opportunity to view the Moon in spectacular detail through the Royal Observatory's 28-inch telescope. Experts will be on hand to help visitors catch a glimpse of...

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