Election Special: Reds and Blues

Back in the 1830s electioneering was completely different to modern times and almost completely the same. There were reds and blues, at least in Nottinghamshire. But these were not the red labour and blue conservatives of today, but the colours of the families behind the county’s political power. The blues represented the interests of the Middleton family of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, with the reds being … Continue reading Election Special: Reds and Blues

Poet, miner, soldier, lady

I like a story. I’ve even written a few. But there’s nothing quite like the real thing, the real, honest letters, diaries, poems and writings of people who lived centuries ago. I’ve worked with archives for longer than I care to admit and, over the years, I’ve discovered hundreds of stories. What do the stories have in common? They are tales of real people, living … Continue reading Poet, miner, soldier, lady