Volunteering as a Room Guide at Hughenden Manor has provided me with an insight into how contemporary artefacts can deepen our understanding of the past. This post will consider what various domestic objects reveal about the Disraeli’s relationship and premiership. Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister who acquired the Suez Canal and achieved ‘peaceContinue reading “Mary Anne Disraeli and Hughenden Manor”
On this day in 1942 Anne Frank went into hiding, whilst there she realised that her calling in life was to become a “famous writer”. Sadly, she did not live to see how loved she, and her work, would become. Her diary has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into 67Continue reading ““I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains””
The Oriental Museum is just one of the centres of history in Durham, only a few minutes walk from the hill colleges and botanical gardens. It houses artefacts from China, India, Tibet, Egypt, and Japan to name a few. In the Egyptian section you can see the world’s first prosthetic limb, the mummy which itContinue reading “Discovering Durham: the Oriental Museum”
Miss Wooler’s Garden Cottage’, also known as the Count’s House, was built in the 1820s and was later owned by Miss Charlotte Wooler who lived at 9 South Bailey. In 1881 this tiny building was the home of a family of 7!I discovered this on a very lovely but wet and rainy walk along theContinue reading “Discovering Durham: ‘Miss Wooler’s Garden Cottage’”
Tangier was given to the English crown as part of the dowry of the Portuguese infanta Catherine of Braganza when she married King Charles II in May 1662. Following this the English garrisoned and fortified the city.I visited Tangiers just over a year ago on a day trip from Gibraltar. I instantly fell in loveContinue reading “City stops: Tangier”
Miami is the only major city in the USA that was founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle. Julia, originally from Cleveland, first visited southern Florida in 1875 her father who had moved there. Following the death of her husband in 1886 she decided to move to the area, arriving in 1891. She bought several hundredContinue reading “City stops: Miami”
…for the purpose of representation in the councils of the nation, we shall refuse to be numbered. Emmeline Pankhurst first uttered these words in 1911 as she was preparing for the boycott of the census, sadly over one hundred years later the first five words still ring true: women continue to be objectified and paidContinue reading “Until women count as people…”
During World War Two the seven miles of the Great Siege Tunnels in Gibraltar’s rock were extended to eighteen miles, and a small military village was established. Deep inside the tunnels nurses worked tirelessly to treat the 100,000 plus troops who staged the Allied landing of Vichy French North Africa. If you’re ever in GibraltarContinue reading “City stops: Gibraltar”
The ‘Little Rock Nine’ were not a popular 1950s rock band as one may assume, but a group of courageous black students who integrated the Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas in September 1957. They were Minnijean Brown, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattilo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, Carlotta Walls, and Elizabeth Eckford.Continue reading “The Little Rock Nine”
Susanna Dickinson-Hannig, the “Messenger of the Alamo” was born in 1814 in Tennessee. After marrying Almaron Dickinson, she immigrated to San Antonio in Mexican Texas in 1832, just four years prior to the Battle of the Alamo which began on 23 February 1836. The Battle was a key event in the Texas Revolution, Mexican troopsContinue reading ““Messenger of the Alamo””
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