Tag: history

This year’s 11th November marks the centenary of Armistice Day, one hundred years since the end of the conflict of the First World War, the ripples of which are still felt today. As part of a worldwide celebration, English and German governments are calling for bells to be rung in bell towers across both the UK and Germany, with a push for other nations to join the celebration.  …

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Queen Victoria: A timeline

Posted by Published on May 30, 2018

On May 24, 2019 it will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of “the grandmother of Europe”, Queen Victoria. On this occasion let’s go back on its history… Queen Victoria reigned over the United Kingdom 63 years and seven months, a record beaten by the current Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne in 1952. The long reign of Victoria remains associated with an…

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The British Library write that their collection of maps, plans and views is ”one of the largest in the world, numbering some 4.5 million”. From the 15th century onwards, technological and social advancements meant that explorers across the world could begin to record their explorations (and exploits) across the planet. Thanks to the British Library, we can examine changes in the way the world was…

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The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest independent air force, formed towards the end of WWI on 1st April 2018.  It was to become the largest air force in the world, and has since played an invaluable role in British military history particularly during WWII and the Battle of Britain. The beginning In April 1911, an air Battalion of the British army’s Royal Engineers…

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James Cook: the Explorer

Posted by Published on March 23, 2018

Captain James Cook, the British explorer and cartographer, is the subject of the forthcoming exhibition James Cook: the Voyages which begins at the British Library on Friday 27th April 2018. Learn more about James Cook’s fascinating life, with images from the archive.   Jame Cook (born in 1728) came from humble beginnings, and joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and then the Royal…

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Tony Vaccaro: Photographing WWII

Posted by Published on March 14, 2018

Bridgeman Copyright artist, the renowned lifestyle and fashion photographer Tony Vaccaro has lived an amazing life. He has traveled the world, photographing the most prominent personalities of the 20th century while working for Flair, Look and Life magazines – including Picasso, Duchamp, Muhammad Ali and Sofia Lauren. His photography career started however in less glamorous circumstances. In 1943 he joined the Allies in World War II…

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Top 10 Historical Anniversaries 2018

Posted by Published on December 29, 2017

From UK women winning the right to vote to the first living creature being sent to space, we take a look at some of the historical anniversaries coming up in 2018    1. British woman aged 30 and over got the right to vote, 2 February 1918 – 100 year anniversary “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and…

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The Expeditions of Captain Robert Scott

Posted by Published on December 11, 2017

“The eternal silence of the great white desert. Cloudy columns of snow drift advancing from the south, pale yellow wraiths, heralding the coming storm, blotting out one by one the sharp-cut lines of the land.”  Scott describing the landscape of his final expedition in his journal, published as Scott’s Last Expedition: The Journals, in 1913. The 6th of June 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Captain…

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A Case for the Study of Art History

Posted by Published on October 18, 2017

You will have heard that the Art History A-level was at risk of being axed in the UK –  AQA had dropped the baton, and unless Pearson, the company which owns the examination board Edexcel, rescued it from the floor, the open door for those from unprivileged backgrounds to make sense of a world bombarded with visual media was going to be snapped shut. My year…

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

Posted by Published on July 14, 2017

18th July 1918, is the birth date of one of the most influential leaders of our time. Nelson Mandela, who is arguably the most important person in bringing about the end of Apartheid, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the 1st black president of South Africa, certainly deserves celebrating. Early Life and Career Rolihlahla Mandela (later named Nelson by his school teacher in accordance…

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