Category Archives: History

The First Road Atlas and a Real Life Detective Story

I have to confess I have never been a very club-able person. If I’m asked to join any organisation I tend to shy away. And why? I guess it’s because I’ve found that organised groups tend to ask more than … Continue reading

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HOORAY!!! At Long Last we are Going to have Prehistory on the National Curriculum!!!

Now admittedly it isn’t until next year and it’s for primary not secondary school children (and one might legitimately suppose the subject might be better understood by slightly older children), but – and it is a whopping BUT – the … Continue reading

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My Favourite Pictures (2): The Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire (1876)

On a clear sunny day the Ribblehead Viaduct can look as stunning as anything in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  I’d visited the place three times, first when doing a recce and then twice (start and finish) when we were … Continue reading

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Gin Lane Gazette: Roads to Then and Now

Here’s a slightly paraphrased extract from Britain BC (pages 67-9): “The old road from Peterborough to Northampton is very familiar to me. It twists its way along the Nene valley, swerving randomly from one side to another. Nowadays a soulless … Continue reading

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The Fascination of Concrete…

The physical remains of our past are generally beautiful to look at. I don’t know whether it’s a result of time, antiquity or our imagination. Ancient churches are one thing, but even standing stones look wonderful, as they defy the … Continue reading

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A Moment of Reality

I spent three years as a student at Cambridge and never did so many things. I never visited the Fitzwilliam Museum. I never went inside King’s College Chapel. And I never visited Madingley American Cemetery. I soon put the first … Continue reading

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Time Team. The Great War: the great leveller

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday: 11/11/12. At 4.40 in the afternoon Channel  4 will be broadcasting the programme we filmed at the Machine Gun Corps training camp at Belton Park, just outside Grantham, Lincolnshire. I’m not sure how this will … Continue reading

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Drool Britannia

Like I’d guess sixty million other Brits I’m in a bit of a daze. First it was the man with the side-burns on his bike, then the Olympics, then the Paralympics and now Andy Murray. We sit in front of … Continue reading

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Climate and the British Scene

The weather is an integral part of the landscape. Just go for a stroll on a sunny day: everything is rosy. The hills in the distance are there, but slightly concealed by the summer haze. Overhead, fluffy fair weather clouds … Continue reading

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Travel: a Cure for Olympic Flatulence

If I had five pounds for every person I’ve met who’s been complaining about belches and farts caused by sitting in front of the television hour after hour watching the Olympics, I’d be a rich man.  Happily, while the rest … Continue reading

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