Annie Oakley

In July 1889 Mr. Russell Harrison, the son of the President of the United States of America visited Buffalo Bill’s Wild West encampment. He was welcomed with a spectacular breakfast of “clam chowder, baked beans with a flavor of savory pork, corn bread, custard pie and ice cream”. After which, he was taken for “aContinue reading “Annie Oakley”

Chichen Itza

The only remaining oral legends about women at Chichen Itza which are about those who were sacrificed in the Cenote Sagrado. One such story, originally told by a Spanish monk, is about a woman who said “no”. She, like many women who had come before her, was led into the little shrine at the lipContinue reading “Chichen Itza”

Mary Anne Disraeli and Hughenden Manor

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”

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains”

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””


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