Saints Ebba, Etheldreda, Hild and Margaret of Scotland all played an integral role establishing Christianity in the North East but are often overlooked in favour of their more famous male counterparts, St Bede, Cuthbert, Aidan and Oswald. Many of their relics belong to Durham Cathedral. Ebba of Coldingham, was born in 615, the sister ofContinue reading “Discovering Durham: Durham Cathedral”
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”
You can visit one of the last surviving prefabricated homes which played a starring role in an episode of the BBC series Call the Midwife, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth at the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles. It was originally on Finch Lane in Amersham. Prefabs in rural areas wereContinue reading “Call the Midwife: Jennifer Worth”
The site on which Pembroke Castle stands has been occupied for the past 12,000 years. The Wogan, a vast cavern far from the surface in the rocks beneath, provided shelter for cave dwellers during the Paleolithic Period. It is likely that there was then an Iron Age fort on the site and a castle sinceContinue reading “Pembroke Castle: Margaret Beaufort”
Lizzie Marks lived in the roadside Leagrave Cottage from 1914 to 1925 with her husband Harry and her four children: Stella, Levi, Douglas and Eileen. Their youngest was even born in the cottage in 1921. In 1984, her and her husband were interviewed by a local teacher, John Bishop, Lizzie’s testimony about the history ofContinue reading “Leagrave Cottage: Lizzie Marks”
You can visit Leagrave Cottage which once stood on Compton Avenue, Luton at the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles. There has been buildings on the cottage’s original site since the medieval ages. In the eighteenth century the area surrounding the cottages ceased to be common land, it was enclosed and divided upContinue reading “Leagrave Cottage: Rebecca Scrivener”
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”
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”
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