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””

City stops: Tangier

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”

City stops: Miami

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”

City stops: Gibraltar

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

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”


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