Poppies for Passchendaele

  Earlier in July I was in Derby with a spare hour and found myself visiting the Poppies: Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill. A World War I Centenary Art Commission by Paul Cummins Artist and Tom Piper Designer, the artwork is a haunting indictment of the war and the people who fought and died for their countries (whether they be Allied or German). The … Continue reading Poppies for Passchendaele

Are we not all historians?

William Pooley in his blog joins in on an interesting debate; when it comes to history are we Asking the Wrong Questions? Asking a Western audience to name their top ten (or three or five) historic figures often results in a list of white men, with a couple of infamous women thrown in. When @HistoryExtra asked this question the results included those traditionally (in elitist terms) perceived as the … Continue reading Are we not all historians?

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